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Date: 8/14/2016 10:28:00 PM

See Lake Murray by a near full moon. It’s a chance to paddle in a canoe or kayak while the sun sets and the moon rises. The group will gather at 7 p.m., then take vans to Jake’s Landing where the paddle will begin. The trip will last until about 8:45

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Levi’s Lake House offers ‘family atmosphere and nightlife under the same roof’

Date: 8/9/2016 1:00:00 AM

Levi’s Lake House opened Feb. 4 at 1605 N. Lake Drive, just south of the Lake Murray Dam. “We were able to combine a family atmosphere and nightlife under the same roof,” said owner Jim Thompson. While the brick pizza oven is one of the standout

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Row, row, row your boat: Floating festival Reggaetronic returns for 5th year

Date: 8/8/2016 3:41:00 AM

A little reggae, a little rock and a whole lot of fun — that’s what organizers of Reggaetronic 2016 are promising from 11:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. this Saturday at Spence Island on Lake Murray. “For 14 years, ‘The Pirates of Lake Murray’ threw a

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Columbia to host 2017 Forrest Wood Cup at Lake Murray

Fishing World

Date: 8/7/2016 1:00:00 AM

FLW and Capital City/Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board announced Saturday that Columbia, South Carolina, would once again be hosting the Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart, the world championship of bass fishing, Aug. 11-13, 2017, on Lake Murray

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Murray will be site of 2017 Cup


Date: 8/6/2016 3:02:00 PM

FLW announced today that Lake Murray in South Carolina will be the site of the 2017 Forrest Wood Cup. The event, which will be reduced to 3 days from its traditional 4, will take place Aug. 11-13. It'll be the second time in 3 years that Murray has played

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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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