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Santee State Park, Santee
(3.9/5 based on 150 reviews on the web)
Santee State Park is in the Sandhills of South Carolina on the western edge of the 110000acre Lake Marion. It is located off SC 6, three miles (5 km) northwest of the town of Santee and I-95.The park offers boating, hiking, camping, birding, canoeing and kayaking. Well known for fishing, this park offers a chance to catch record size Largemouth Bass. Other fish that abound are Striped bass, Channel catfish, Trout, White Perch, White bass, Crappie, Shellcrackers and Bream and Chain (Jack). Lake Marion can be accessed by two boatramps that the park has.The 2500acre park was created in 1942 when Orangeburg County donated the land. It has 2 campgrounds. Cypress View Campground has 50 sites and Lakeshore Campground has 108 sites. Restroom facilities with hot showers are accessible by both campgrounds. Many sites can accommodate RVs up to 40 feet in length. There are also 30 rondette cabins, each with 2 bedroom and 1 bath, 10 of which are on piers over the lake.
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • We were on our way to North Carolina and decided to stop half way. The park was clean and quiet. The staff were friendly and made sure we were situated on our site. All was good but I did not think it...  more »
  • I stayed in a 2 bedroom, smaller cabin, #2, from Oct 31-Nov 5. As per my prior visits, the staff is excellent--friendly and informative. The lake is excellent for fishing and there were people fishing...  more »
  • Beautiful location. We had our picnic at the round Hall building which was beautiful. The ceilings, floors and walls were all hard wood floors. The kitchen was more than needed and tables and chairs w...  more »
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  • Nice Campsites. Bathrooms were clean. Loved that the state park has a playground for children. Boating and fishing was fun. We saw several deer at the park. A family favorite!
  • If Santee State Park was our first state park to camp at we would NEVER camp at another South Carolina state park. The bathrooms were filthy, the rangers were worthless, no patrols, no gate for the campgrounds, they allowed a homeless person to sleep on a picnic table under a shelter, behind a children's playground for about 24 hours even after complaints. The whole time were here watched other campers leaving way past the check out time of 12:00pm. I'm talking pulling out at 7:00pm, the rangers didn't come by to say ANYTHING to those campers. We were a little after 12pm and a ranger came to tell us checkout time is 12pm. My husband told her we were about to pull out. Her response was, ok, I'll be back in a bit to check ( hateful tone ). I do NOT recommend Santee State Park at all!!!!!! Oh, the plus was the fishing, that's it!!!!! The funny thing is South Carolina is promoting the state parks by having the Ultimate Adventure, so people will visit/camp, yet they allow crap like this to go on with the rangers. NEVER again will we stay at this state park!!!!!!! If you're doing the Ultimate Adventure, just get your stamp and leave. Btw.....the camp store is nice, but terribly over priced compared to other South Carolina State Parks.
  • Nice state park. Cute playground for kids. Convenient little store on property as well.
  • We took a day trip from Charleston and it wasn't worth it at all! No swimming areas that are family friendly? No clear markings directing you to your destination.
  • This is an awesome park to take the family to forvwalks and experience of nature including the swans. Absolutely beautiful.