Although initially constructed as a hydroelectric generating area in the 1930s, Lake Murray has become a major recreational destination in South Carolina. Bordering several charming towns, Lexington, Chapin, Ballentine, and Irmo, Lake Murray offers a central location with a short drive to Columbia. Lake Murray still provides electric power and also serves as the major source of drinking water for the area.
In addition to fishing and water sports, golf is a favorite pastime of residents in the area, boasting several different sites for the area populace. To compliment the small town charm of the South, nearby Columbia offers a sophisticated cultural scene, an active arts community, a wide range of recreation and exciting attractions and spectator sports. Adding to its diversity, the capital city boasts a creative, college town atmosphere and a populace that is proud of its heritage. Columbia attractions are easy to find lying at the convergence of three rivers just downstream from a 50,000-acre lake. Taking pleasure in more than 340 days of sunshine per year, residents take part in a variety of year-round attractions including boating, skiing, hiking and horseback riding. Historical and cultural attractions top the list of things to do, while Columbia also offers a world-class zoo and university, University of South Carolina and countless outdoor recreations, festivals and parks.
Whether it's the diverse recreational opportunities, the serene lakeside setting or the friendly people, Lake Murray offers a quiet living oasis minutes from city life.
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