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Why I Love Living on Lake Murray in SC

Why I Love Living on Lake Murray in SC

This week I am becoming a member of a bunch of dwelling adorning bloggers, however not in the same old approach of exhibiting a adorning undertaking or sharing inventive concepts.

As an alternative, we thought you could get pleasure from studying why we love the place we reside whereas getting a glimpse at a handful of cities and cities throughout the nation that you will have by no means been and even recognized are on the map.


I reside in a type of cities that nobody has ever heard of.

As a lot of , 4 years in the past, Ed and I determined we wished to downsize, reside on a physique of water and revel in a less complicated life. We went in search of a lake or river on which to reside.

After a search alongside the japanese seaboard states, we came upon about Lake Murray from pals of ours. After our preliminary go to, we knew it was the place we wished to reside and moved from the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA to turn out to be South Carolinians.

Map of Lake Murray SC
Lake Murray is 41 miles lengthy and 4.5 miles extensive on the widest level.

Lake Murray is the identify of the lake we reside on. It isn’t the identify of a city as there are a number of cities across the lake that has 600 miles of shoreline. We reside in the city of Chapin – inhabitants round 1800 adults and youngsters.


Chapin, SC is known as the Capital of Lake Murray. It’s a small city nestled on the northern shores of the lake on the outskirts of the Columbia, SC Metropolitan Space to the east and 80 miles from Greenville to the western aspect of the state.

It serves because the industrial hub for the northern a part of the lake and is among the quickest rising communities in the Midlands of South Carolina.

Its shut proximity to Columbia’s city facilities, the College of South Carolina and the tranquil rural setting of the city and lake gives a singular high quality of life that we get pleasure from.  Rural, however after we need to store, attend a play or live performance, town is a 30 minute drive.

The key attraction for residents in addition to guests who trip or come to camp at Dreher Island State Park, is the lake.

Lake life is what life in Chapin is all about and is what introduced us to the world.

Sail boats on lake murray

I love the simple relaxed vibe of lake dwelling.   Each Ed and I are water lover’s and know that is the place we had been meant to be.

Liberty on the Lake Resturant

We love going out to eat at one among just a few eating places on the lake through our boat. Whether it is crowded, we get a pager from the hostess and might sit out on our boat to attend whereas we begin a Completely satisfied Hour get together with our personal drinks on the boat. I name it a dock get together with different boaters who’re additionally ready to get known as in to be seated in the restaurant.

Within the hotter months, I love going out on the boat and assembly up with pals in the night for a sundown watching dinner cruise. There may be at all times a spectacular pure present that goes off each evening…

…and by no means seems the identical. 

kayaking on lake murray

I like with the ability to be lively by merely strolling out of my home and pulling a kayak into the water to paddle round to discover the numerous miles of shoreline… 

Lake Houses

Large house on Lake Murray

… or typically to take a look at the numerous beautiful waterfront homes whereas getting train. No fitness center wanted.

4th of July on Lake

I like dwelling in a city that’s off the crushed path and one which retains values and traditions alive like vacation parades in city and boat parades on the lake. 

Fireworks over lake

I love getting a entrance row seat from my home yearly to have fun our freedom with an annual fireworks present over the lake full with reside patriotic music streaming on the native radio station to coordinate with the fireworks. All these white dots alongside the horizon are boats full of folks watching the present. 

The city is rising quick as city sprawl from Columbia is spreading westward, however as soon as out of the city limits, it is rather rural. 


We reside Four miles from the middle of city in one route. Within the different route is Ed’s hangout – the golf course. He loves that it solely takes eight minutes to get to the course with not one site visitors mild to need to undergo. 🙂 

rural area around lake murray sc

The miles between city and the golf course should not very developed.  I get pleasure from passing the pastural setting with a glimpse of the lake every now and then. 

Rural area around Chapin SC

I move by rows of towering pine timber, fields with cows grazing, a hearth station, a number of new homes being constructed, extra pine timber, and a Christmas tree farm earlier than reaching the city limits.

Chapin Sailboat sign

Within the heart of city, which is about 1.5 miles lengthy, there are three supermarkets, 2 drug shops, a Greenback Normal, 2 dry cleaners, hair salons, a flower store, a present store, 2 day spas, 2 banks, a thrift retailer, a UPS retailer and an auto retailer.    

Flower Shop in Lake Murray town

Probably the most charming store in city is the Lake Murray Flower Shoppe.

I love seeing how they offer the outside of the store colourful inventive model that they alter every now and then.


Out of the city limits, however nonetheless in Chapin is an Ace {Hardware} and a furnishings retailer. I frequent each of those very often. Ace to purchase dwelling enchancment undertaking provides, Chapin Furnishings for a dose of adorning inspiration. They’ve fabulous furnishings and the shop format is good to go in each as soon as in some time for a fast spin. 


There are two espresso retailers and some eating places. My favourite is Farm Boys BBQ. They’ve the most effective Pork BBQ. It’s a very fashionable place that’s solely opened Thursday – Sunday. 


I need to avoid The Espresso Shelf, although I love their espresso, the folks and the bookshop part. I have a tough time passing up the double chocolate muffins they promote.  See them on the best… yum!

When I must go to shops in addition to the grocery store, like mall shops, Costco, House Depot, Lowes, Goal, Walmart, Michaels and different retail large field shops, or to get pleasure from dinner and a film, the drive is 30 minutes to the east in direction of Columbia through Interstate 26 to Harbison, SC.

I preserve a listing of every thing I want from week to week and plan forward so I can get all my purchasing performed in someday and never neglect something. I name as of late my Harbison days as do a number of of my pals. Because it takes time to get there, planning forward with a purchasing record is vital to saving money and time on gasoline.

When I need to go to Interest Foyer and the well being meals retailer, I want to move to Lexington which is on the southeast nook of the lake. It’s a couple of 45 minute drive.  When I go there, I go through the Dreher Shoals Dam… aka The Lake Murray Dam. 

lake and dam

The dam was constructed to create the lake again in 1927 and have become operational in 1930. It gives electrical energy to the world.

What’s below the lake has been the fascination of many individuals. There are practically a dozen communities, hundreds of graves, the Wyse Ferry Bridge, bomber airplanes, a pipeline, a number of railroad tank vehicles, an outdated rock home, additionally properties, boats, and bomb fragments below the waters of Lake Murray.

Within the early 1940s, the U. S. navy used the lake to coach WWII bomber pilots on the B-25 bomber airplanes. Seven of the lake’s islands had been used as follow.

Dreher Shoals dam

What I love in regards to the dam is that there’s a pedestrian walkway alongside the 1.7 mile lengthy dam.

walking along lake murray dam walkway

It’s a preferred place for strolling and jogging. 

If I begin from the Irmo aspect and stroll to the Lexington aspect and again, it’s somewhat over a three mile stroll which places an enormous dent in my making an attempt to get 10,000 steps a day. 🙂 


The very best a part of the stroll although is that you simply get spectacular views of largest a part of Lake Murray and in the opposite instructions, the downtown Columbia skyline that’s 11 miles away.

Dreher Island State Park

Moreover the lake, my different favourite place to go is Dreher Island State Park. It’s close to my home and I can experience my bike there and thru the three islands with entry to 12 miles of lake shoreline.

Things to do at Dreher Island

Guests will discover leisure water actions, nature trails and a few of the finest striped and large-mouth bass fishing spots. It has lengthy been a preferred location and launching spot for main, nationwide fishing tournaments. 

Dreher Island State Park vacation rental villas

For in a single day lodging or weekly leases with views of Lake Murray, lodging reservations could be made for one among 6 park villas…

Dreher Island State Park coves

…or visitors can camp at one among many lakefront campsites. 

So now somewhat bit extra in regards to the place I name dwelling.  When I am touring or simply out and about round city, there’s nothing higher than the great feeling of coming dwelling and looking on the lake. It by no means will get outdated and …

sunset on lake murray

… amazes each single evening.


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