Constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1940, the Lake Greenwood State Park is proud of its inception in history and continues to honor its roots by preserving such relics as the Drummond Center, a classic example of CCC architecture. Similarly, it’s no exaggeration to say there’s a different festival for each weekend of the year, from Ware Shoal’s Catfish Festival to Uptown Greenwood’s photography-centric Click 646 Collective. Indeed, good times never go out of style at Lake Greenwood.
Lake Greenwood is formed by a hydroelectric dam across the Saluda River. The lake has 212 miles (341 km) of shoreline and 11,400 acres (46 km2). The Reedy River joins the Saluda at Lake Greenwood. Lake Greenwood is used for recreational boating and fishing.
Lake Greenwood was created between 1935 and 1940 by the construction of the Buzzard's Roost Dam near Chappells, SC. The powerhouse was equipped with three turbines each driving a 5 megawatt AC generator to provide power to the Greenwood area.
The park provides access to Lake Greenwood. This 11,400-acre reservoir lake provides boating and fishing opportunities year-round.
Average water level variance? November 1st the lake starts being lowered and is lowered considerably until February 1st, which is when most people work on their docks. Then it is immediately raised back to full pool by April 15th.
Are they permitted? Boat docks are permitted in all areas except a few areas considered to be a habitat area.
Are they permitted? Yes
Depth of Lake:
Lake depths vary and can be as much as 40'+
Greenwood SC 9 miles, Greenville SC 45 miles, Spartanburg 45 miles, Columbia 65 miles, Abbeville SC 15 miles
Greenville/Spartanburg 45 miles
Bird Watching : Birdwatching is available at the park with a multitude of birds to enjoy year round.
Geocaching : Geocaching is permitted. Several geocaches are located on the park. For more information visit the official geocaching website.
You can enjoy fishing in Lake Greenwood for bass, crappie, bream, perch, catfish, stripers. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required
Swimming is allowed in Lake Greenwood at your own risk. There is no designated swimming area and no lifeguards. Swimming is not allowed around boat ramps.