Lake Murray


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Hurricane Florence arrives at Lake Murray as waves rock boat dock


Date: 9/15/2018 10:38:00 AM

Tracy Kaminer posted a video on Twitter showing a boat dock rocking in the waves at Lake Murray, SC September 15, 2018. … Click to Continue » AdChoices 1 2 3 YOU MAY LIKE Sponsored Links by Microsoft

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THIS AND THAT: Lake Murray just a short 1,000 miles away

Aiken Standard

Date: 9/7/2018 6:40:00 PM

Do you think you know how to get to Lake Murray? I found a way that not too many people around here would consider. First, drive to the Augusta airport. Then, hop on a plane for Atlanta and another th

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“And without hesitation, I took off running,” Oklahoma City woman saves toddler’s life at Lake Murray

Date: 9/4/2018 6:38:00 AM

ARDMORE, Okla. – An Oklahoma City woman is being praised for her quick actions at the lake over the weekend. Belle Seeley and her friends were at Lake Murray Sunday morning when her friend’s

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Three seriously injured after being thrown from float into a tree on Lake Murray, cops say

The State

Date: 9/2/2018 2:53:00 PM

Three men were seriously injured Saturday on Lake Murray, according to authorities. The men, all close to 20 years old, were being towed on a float behind a boat on the lake, Newberry County Sheriff L

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Tubing accident injures three people on Lake Murray


Date: 9/2/2018 2:04:00 PM

The Newberry County Sheriff's Office confirms that three people were injured in a tubing accident on Lake Murray Saturday. The accident occurred near the SCE&G Sunset Boat Ramp in Newberry County

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• Surface Area: 48,000 Acres
Lake Murray is approx. 48,000 acres in size with 500 miles of shoreline. Visitors enjoy a wide variety of water sports. Best known for its largemouth bass and striped bass fishery, other popular gamefish include bluegill, redear sunfish, crappie and catfish. Public access includes 11 boat ramps and 8 pier/bank locations; 24 fish attractor sites are maintained by the SC DNR, (the South Carolina Dept. of Natural Resources).

Lake Murray was impounded in the late 1920's to provide hydroelectric power to the state of South Carolina. Lake Murray is fed by the Saluda River, which flows from upstate South Carolina near the North Carolina state line. The Saluda Dam (officially the Dreher Shoals Dam) was an engineering feat at the time of its construction. The dam, using the native red clay soil and bedrock, was the largest earthen dam in the world when it was completed in 1930. Lake Murray itself is named after the project's chief engineer, William S. Murray. The Saluda Dam is approximately 1.5 miles long and 220 feet high. Lake Murray is 41 miles long, and 14 miles wide at its widest point. At the time when the lake was finished, it was the world's largest man-made reservoir.

Since its construction, Lake Murray has been the focal point of the region. Many different communities in four counties are all tied to the lake, and the local history has as much to do with the lake as the lake has to do with the local history. Considering Lake Murray now covers an area that was once populated, the story of what lies beneath its surface is the story of Lake Murray itself.

South Carolina Dept. of Natural Resources, 2-2015

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