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The Best Lakes in the Columbia Area

June 12, 2018

Get ready for a lake escape. With summer temperatures here, there’s nothing like a trip to the waterfront to cool off. If you live in our region (or one of our McGuinn Homes communities), you have plenty of choices. Just pick a direction and head to one of the best lakes in the Columbia area for swimming, fishing, boating, or your water sport of choice. Lake Murray Like Columbia itself, Lake Murray is situated in the heart of South Carolina. This 48,000-acre, man-made lake earned the nickname of “The Jewel of South Carolina”. As one of the best fishing spots near Columbia, Lake Murray is a gem for catching largemouth bass and striped bass (Bassmasters holds its annual tournament here). This lake has also produced the state record-holders for white perch, white catfish, white crappie, and white bass. Want more than fishing? Lake Murray is surrounded with beaches, parks, campgrounds, and recreation areas. Whether you own a boat or rent one at the lake, you can set sail from one of the marinas or many boat launches. With 620 miles of shoreline, you’ll also discover an endless variety of dining, shopping, entertainment, and attractions to occupy your time here. Come for a day or plan to stay awhile. Lake Wateree Formed almost a century ago, Lake Wateree is one of the oldest man-made reservoirs in South Carolina. The lake is located about 30 miles northeast of Columbia and consists of 13,000 acres. You’ll discover great bass fishing here, among others, but the area is also home to a wide variety of wildlife, including a bird refuge. You can experience every type of water sport here, plus find your perfect camping spot—right on the lake or a bit more secluded. Lake Wateree State Park provides 13,800 acres of outdoor fun, including hiking trails to get closer to nature. Lakeside Living in a McGuinn Homes Community There’s no better way to get the most enjoyment from the best lakes in the Columbia area than to live here. McGuinn Homes builds energy-efficient homes and townhomes in scenic locations throughout this region, including our lakefront communities of Crystal Cove, Forty Love, Harbor Watch, Pintail Point, Spence Plantation, Sterling Lake, and Centennial at Lake Carolina. If you have your own property, we can build on your lot. Are you ready to move now? Look at our selection of move-in ready homes. McGuinn Homes is ready for summertime on the lake. Are you? Contact us to get closer to lakefront living near Columbia, South Carolina.

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