Lake Wateree State Park

Lake Wateree State Park

I visited Lake Wateree State Park as part of a day trip that included scenic roads and a town or two. I was eager to visit because I’ve never been to Lake Wateree before despite its close proximity to Columbia. There’s plenty to do: hiking, fishing, boating, and camping. It’s a popular place for camping I read. I wanted to hike the Desportes Island trail and view the water.

The trail is less than a mile long, but spurs lead off it so it can be made longer. I enjoyed the side paths that led to scenic views of the lake. The level path is an easy one. There’s plenty of wildlife to see along the way if you walk with care.

By the visitor center there are benches along the shoreline for one to take in the lake. A boat ramp is located close by.

Fairfield - Lake Wateree SP - 08 nature trail

How to get there:

Exit 41 off I77 and head east on State Road 41 toward US21. Turn left on 21. Make a right on River Road/State Road 101. This runs right by the park.


What’s Close By

Boat Landings on Lake Wateree


Landsford Canal State Park


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