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Controlled burns at Lake Murray may bring smoke to the area


Date: 2/8/2019 2:40:00 PM

LEXINGTON COUNTY, S.C. — It's a sunny and warm Friday in the Midlands, but some areas may still get some hazy conditions thanks to controlled burns. Lexington County officials say Dominion Energy are

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Water Resources Outlook (February 2019)

Todd Hamill

Date: 2/7/2019

Water Resources Outlook (February

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Drawdown Period ends, refilling of Lake Murray to raise water levels

ABC Columbia

Date: 1/29/2019 11:58:00 AM

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)—Lake levels will soon change at Lake Murray. According to officials with SCE&G, they will begin refilling Lake Murray as the scheduled drawdown period ends. Officials say on Friday

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Are alligators living near Lake Murray? This SC woman found a 2-foot gator to start 2019


Date: 1/20/2019 9:24:00 AM

LAKE MURRAY, SC (WIS) - Donna Faircloth says she found an alligator outside of her home near Lake Murray, and she hopes this recent discovery could prompt the South Carolina Department of Natural Reso

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Chapin woman finds alligator in backyard koi pond near Lake Murray


Date: 1/17/2019 8:59:00 AM

Donna Faircloth has been a Chapin resident since 1972. Her house on Jake Meetze Road is not lakefront property, although there are many houses nearby that are. Some people have claimed to see alligato

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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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