Lakes and Waterways

South Carolina's 14 major reservoirs provide a wide variety of recreational activities from paddling, fishing to boating that allow you to enjoy the outdoors! Covering nearly 370,000 acres, these reservoirs are renowned for their scenic beauty and record breaking fish. Many of South Carolina's major reservoirs did not exist until the early to mid-20th century when utility companies such as Duke Energy, South Carolina Electric and Gas and Santee Cooper built the reservoirs to generate power.

Freshwater Fishing Trends

Despite their main purpose, today these man-made reservoirs provide limitless recreation opportunities. If you are looking to get outdoors to relax, enjoy time with your family or experience the ultimate adventure of landing the big one, look no further than the reservoirs of South Carolina.