Capital City/Lake Murray Country




Lake Murray is named after William Murray, the engineer who, with his partner T. C. Williams, conceived and persevered until “the world’s largest earthen dam” at that time was finished. Their vision of harnessing hydroelectric power here and at the Santee Cooper project brought abundant electricity to the middle part of South Carolina. Work on the dam across the Saluda River was started on September 21, 1927 and was finished on June 30, 1930.The dam itself was built over 200 feet tall. It runs a distance of a mile and a half across. The ground level of the dam is over a quarter of a mile thick. The lake that it forms is forty-one miles long and, in places, over fourteen miles wide. State Highway 6 runs along the top of the dam, giving a panoramic view of the water on one side and the lower Saluda River with the City of Columbia in the distance. The lake has over 500 miles of shoreline, and forms an impounded body of water of over 50,000 acres.

For a list of things to do or more information about Lake Murray, please visit our friends at Capital City/Lake Murray Tourism to experience the Jewel of South Carolina!

Photo Credit: Kent Porth Nature Photography