Lake Hartwell State Park
19138-A Highway 11 South, Fair Play
An angler’s paradise, boasting 56,000 acres filled with three species of black bass, striped and hybrid bass, largemouth, crappie, bream and catfish. Swimmers, boaters and campers love Hartwell, too. Access via multiple public boat ramps, piers, local parks, Lake Hartwell State Park and Sadlers Creek State Park.
Devils Fork State Park
161 Holcombe Circle, Salem
A stunningly beautiful mountain lake in the Jocassee Gorges, with 7,500 acres of clear, cool water, hidden waterfalls and the Carolinas’ best trout fishing. Jocassee is a favorite for local kayakers, paddleboarders and scuba divers. The only public access is via Devils Fork State Park.
Keowee-Toxaway State Park
108 Residence Drive, Sunset
A water-lover’s playground with 18,500 acres for boating, skiing and swimming. Fishermen always leave happy thanks to an abundance of catfish, crappie, bass and bream. Access via various public boat ramps, piers and parks, including Keowee-Toxaway State Park.
1625 Broadway Lake, Anderson
A lake that’s small in size but big on fun, with 300 acres of fresh, clear water for fishing, swimming and boating. McFalls Landing includes an event venue, swimming area and boat ramp.
8515 Highway 9, Inman
A sparkling 1,534-acre lake, part of Spartanburg Water’s reservoir system, that provides recreational activities like fishing and boating. Public access is via Anchor Park, which includes a picnic pavilion, playground and boat ramp.
The state record spotted bass, redeye bass, smallmouth bass, brown trout, and rainbow trout were all caught from Lake Jocassee.
Lake Cooley Park
100 Cooley Dock Road, Inman
A delightful 330-acre lake, part of the SJWD Water District, with lovely mountain views. Motorized watercraft allowed with up to 15 hp engines. Public access is via Lake Cooley Park, which includes an ADA accessible dock and kayak launch, boat ramp, four picnic shelters, kayak and paddleboard rentals, and an outdoor education center.
Lake Greenwood State Park
302 State Park Road, Ninety Six
An 11,400-acre lake popular for fishing, swimming, water skiing and boating. Lake Greenwood State Park provides rods and reels for use via the Tackle Loaner Program, sponsored by the SC Department of Natural Resources. In addition to the state park, there are four public boat ramps and several piers.
Paris Mountain State Park
2401 State Park Road, Greenville
A 13-acre lake located within Paris Mountain State Park featuring a swimming area as well as rental pedal boats, kayaks and canoes. An easy-walking, mostly-level nature trail encircles the water.
J. Verne Smith Park
1544 Mays Bridge Road, Greer
A scenic, 800-acre reservoir owned by Greer CPW. This pristine lake allows small motorized boats as well as canoes, kayaks and paddleboards. Public access is via J. Verne Smith Park which includes a boat ramp, fishing piers, pavilion and picnic area.
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Croft State Park
450 Croft State Park Road, Spartanburg
A 165-acre watershed within Croft State Park that offers some of the region’s best fishing; it’s a popular spot for camping and birdwatching, too. Fishing boats, canoes, kayaks and standup paddleboards are available for rent; private boats are permitted but restricted to trolling motors.
Pinnacle Lake at Table Rock State Park is one of the few places left with a high-dive board, making it a must-go summer excursion. 158 Ellison Lane, Pickens | SouthCarolinaParks.com/Table-Rock