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Lake Murray is our local playground here in Lexington and Midlands South Carolina. It is approximately 50,000 acres (200 km²) in size, and has roughly 500 miles (800 km) of shoreline. It was impounded in the late 1920s to provide hydro power to the state of South Carolina. Lake Murray is fed by the upper Saluda River, which flows from upstate SC near the NC state line. The Saluda Dam (officially the Dreher Shoals Dam) was an engineering feat at the time of its construction. The dam, using the native red clay soil and bedrock, was the largest earthen dam in the world when it was completed in 1930. Lake Murray itself is named after the project’s chief engineer, William S Murray. The Saluda Dam is approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) long and 220 feet (67 m) high. Lake Murray is 41 miles (66 km) long, and 14 miles (23 km) wide at its widest point. At the time when the lake was finished, it was the world’s largest man-made reservoir. It covers four counties, Lexington, Richland, Newberry and Saluda. 

Lake Murray is a host of activity year round. Sailing Boating and fishing to name a few. Or just a simple pleasure ride on a warm SC winter day or a refreshing dip in out Summer.

Multiple marinas, boat landings, and boat rental facilities are located strategically around the lake to serve all of your boating needs.  This site will allow you to easily search all Lake Murray Homes for Sale and Lake Murray Real Estate. When searching for Lake Murray SC Real Estate, remember the professionals at Exit Real Estate Consultants are here to help!

Lake Murray is accessible by I-26 at the Irmo and Chapin exits, and by I-20 at the Lexington exits. Since the Lake is so big, many main roads lead lake area residents, into Columbia, but Interstate travel is by far the most popular.

Lake Murray is famous for its striped bass program, and record striped bass caught in the lake weighed in at 52+ pounds.

Many parks and recreation opportunities are available near the lake.  Dreher Island State Park is a great place to picnic; and SCE&G provides numerous public access areas.  Crooked Creek Park in Chapin offers indoor and outdoor recreation facilities.

The Lake Murray Dam now offers a walking path for those exercise enthusiasts who can enjoy a view of the beautiful waters of the Lake; as well as getting fresh air and exercise.

Since its construction, Lake Murray has been the focal point of the region. Many different communities in four counties are all tied to the lake, and the local history has as much to do with the lake as the lake has to do with the local history. Considering Lake Murray now covers an area that was once populated, the story of what lies beneath its surface is the story of Lake Murray itself.

Buying a New Lake Murray Home?

Buying a Lake Murray home can be a daunting task. Before setting out on your house hunting journey, you should know what you really want to find. Take some time to list all the features that are most important to you and your family. Here are a few ideas to consider in looking for a Lake Murray home to purchase:

  • Location – Lake Murray has a good number of wonderful areas to choose from. Also think about your proximity to quality schools, medical facilities, and shopping markets.
  • Size – Do you need a certain number of bedrooms or bathrooms? Don’t forget about closet space
  • Parking – Is a covered garage important to you?
  • Style – 2-story house or ranch style home? New or older home?
  • Air Conditioning & Heating – central heating and/or air conditioning can be a savior in Lake Murray.

As you browse homes, keep these ideas in mind. Your list may change over time as you do more looking. You may want to add or remove features, or perhaps you’ll become willing to make compromises to find the Lake Murray home that is the best fit for your family. With hundreds of beautiful Lake Murray homes to choose from, you’ll surely find the one for you. Get started now.

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Posted December 27, 2011 by Chip Jefferson

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