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1797 North Lake Drive
Lexington, SC 29072

The Lake Murray Dam Walkway is a walking pathway that traverses the top of the Dreher Shoals Dam along S.C. Highway 6. It’s a popular place for walking and jogging. The distance is 1.7 miles each way for a total walk of 3.4 miles. The walkway offers spectacular views of Lake Murray and even the downtown Columbia skyline – 11 miles away. This pathway was completed after the construction of the backup dam at Dreher Shoals Dam on Lake Murray (in 2005) and with the widening of S.C. Highway 6 across the top of the dam (in 2007). If you walk on a hot day, be sure to take a cap or hat, sunglasses, and water.

**See below for Park Site Updates from Domninion

Dominion Energy

Lake Murray Public Park Sites:

Irmo Side

  • Open Year Round – 24 Hours
  • Address: 2101 North Lake Drive Columbia, SC 29212
  • Entrance onto Lake Murray Dam Walkway.
  • Fees: only apply from April to Labor Day
    • $5 Cars & Trucks
    • $5 Motorcycles
    • $5 Passenger Vans
    • Season Pass may be purchased at the park for $50 per car.
  • Amenities: Boat Launch, Picnic Facilities, Fishing Docks, Restrooms
  • Prohibited: Alcoholic Beverages, Pets must be on a leash

*Update*

Dominion Energy will begin repaving the parking area at the boat launch located on the Irmo side of the Lake Murray dam, closing the area temporarily until work is complete. The boat launch is located at 2101 North Lake Dr. in Lexington County. Work is scheduled to begin Dec. 4 and will continue through the end of the month. The parking lot and boat ramp will be closed during that time.

Boaters are encouraged to use alternate public ramps:

Hilton Recreation Ramp: 415 Launch Court, Chapin, SC
Larry Koon Landing: 1501 Shull Ave., Gilbert, SC

 

Lexington Side

  • Open April – Labor Day
    • Monday – Friday (Until May 2): 11 AM – 8 PM
    • Saturday – Sunday & Holidays: 10 AM – 8 PM
  • Address: 1797 North Lake Drive Lexington, SC 29072
  • Fees:
    • $5 Cars & Trucks
    • $5 Motorcycles
    • $5 Passenger Vans
    • Season Pass may be purchased at the park for $50 per car.
  • Amenities: Picnic Facilities, Swimming*, Restrooms
  • Prohibited: Alcoholic Beverages, Pets
  • * Please note: No lifeguard on duty, swim at your own risk

*Update*

As part of a multi-year restoration project along the Lake Murray dam, Dominion Energy will begin work to extend operations of critical infrastructure used to generate power for customers and supply water to the Lower Saluda River. Dive crews will replace headgates inside the Saluda Hydroelectric Project’s five intake towers beginning in January. Enhancements will also be made to the visible portion of the towers.

Approximately 40 parking spaces on the Lexington side of the dam will close Jan. 11, 2024, leaving approximately 20 available spaces. While the Lake Murray public park will open for the season as scheduled in April, parking will not be available in the upper lot on the north end of the park

To ensure the safety of the project team as well as the general public, boat access near the towers will be restricted by a work zone in the coming weeks. Boundaries will be enforced by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. 

“We understand the inconvenience this work may cause, and we thank the public for their patience during this complex project,” Dominion Energy South Carolina Vice President of Generation Iris Griffin said. “These headgates have done their job safely and successfully for nearly 100 years. Investing in their replacement will enhance the reliability of the Saluda Hydro facility’s operations to help serve our customers for many years to come.” 

The 223-foot-high intake towers, which are visible while driving across the dam, supply water to the Lower Saluda River through power-generating turbines. The towers utilize a set of steel headgates to shut off the flow of water from the lake, allowing maintenance and inspection activities on downstream equipment. The towers will maintain their iconic look once work is complete. There are no plans to lower the water level due to this project. Work is scheduled to continue through 2026.  

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