Living Here Guide

Lake Murray: Suburban, rural resort

Lake Murray has two personalities when it comes to recreation and living along its 650-mile shoreline.

The unofficial dividing line is Dreher Island State Park.

East of the park is known as the “big water” where there’s more room for boating, fishing, waterskiing and other fun surrounded by many homes on the lakefront in neighborhoods that are among the priciest in the Midlands.

The 47,500-acre lake narrows and twists west of the park, reflecting the Saluda River valley it was before being dammed.

Homes in that area tend to be modest weekend getaways and country retreats scattered along the lakefront.

Tim Flach