Stand Up Paddling Makes Waves on Lake Murray
Lake Murray Country
by Kelly Hughes
3d ago
Reading Time: < 1 minute Lake Murray is becoming a summer recreation mecca with many activities. An easy and affordable way to enjoy the water is standup paddle boarding (SUP). SUP started in Hawaii around 2007, spread to California, and arrived at Lake Murray in 2010, introduced by local teacher Steve Fisher. “No one could figure out why I had a surfboard on the lake,” states Steve. “No one had ever seen standup paddleboards.” Each summer, more people discover standup paddle boarding (SUP) at Lake Murray, and it has now become commonplace. “Still, I have a great deal of people each summer ..read more
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Pawfect Dog-friendly Spots in Lake Murray Country
Lake Murray Country
by Kelly Hughes
3d ago
Reading Time: 4 minutes Is your favorite pet tagging along on your trip? From shady parks to running trails, we’ve discovered the best dog friendly spots in our region. So, get out there with your pup to run, fetch and even swim their energy out! Parks Sesquicentennial State Park | 9564 Two Notch Road, Columbia SC This pawpular spot offers a 2-acre fenced in off leash area. There’s also a shallow splash pool the dogs are welcome to cool off in. And, there are trails and mini picnic areas throughout the 30-acre park for on-leash fun. The park does require vaccinations and has a small fee for en ..read more
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Your photo could be the next cover of our Visitors Guide!
Lake Murray Country
by Kelly Hughes
1w ago
Reading Time: < 1 minuteCalling all photographers and adventurers! We’re looking for vibrant, action-packed shots that showcase people having fun around this region. We’re lucky enough to have an array of amazing restaurants, natural resources, cities and towns among the four counties, so whether it’s exploring, dining, shopping, or enjoying time on out on the water, show us your favorite spots across Lake Murray Country! Requirements: – Photos must be taken in Lake Murray Country (Richland, Lexington, Newberry and or Saluda County). – Only submit YOUR high resolution photography.* Click th ..read more
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Hitting the Trails in Lake Murray Country
Lake Murray Country
by Kelly Hughes
1w ago
Reading Time: 4 minutes From hiking to biking and some spectacular views, the Capital City/Lake Murray Country region offers many opportunities to explore the great outdoors on its trails. We’ve compiled a list of trails offering visitors a place to get active, find peace and explore. The hardest part will be deciding which trail to get on first. On the trail at Dreher Island State Park. Dreher Island State Park 3677 State Park Road, Prosperity  Dreher Island State Park, roughly 30 miles from the state capital, Columbia, provides access to 12 miles of Lake Murray shoreline. There are thre ..read more
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Anchors Aweigh: The Spirit of Lake Murray Sets Sail for New Adventures!
Lake Murray Country
by Micah Decker
2w ago
Reading Time: 3 minutes Welcome aboard the Spirit of Lake Murray! This 80-foot Dinner Cruise Yacht offers two levels of indoor and outdoor seating, providing a luxurious one-of-a-kind experience on Lake Murray’s serene waters. Whether guests seek a public cruise, private charter, or dockside dining, The Spirit is sure to provide her guests with an unparalleled experience. Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, The Spirit began her Lake Murray service in 2008, enchanting guests as a charter boat and floating venue. Under Lake Murray Tour Partners’ stewardship, she underwent a complete renovatio ..read more
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Podcast Episode 8: Bird is the Word with John Tjaarda
Lake Murray Country
by Micah Decker
1M ago
Reading Time: < 1 minute Welcome to Explore Lake Murray: Your Guide to Come Alive in the Jewel of South Carolina, a new and improved audio experience. In Episode 8,  local birder John Tjaarda joins Kelly and talks about how he became a “bird nerd”. He also gives the scoop on the different bird species you can find in Capital City/Lake Murray Country, his favorite bird species and the different bird walks he hosts. Content Mentioned During The Episode: Lexington County Congaree National Park Historic Columbia There’s so much living to be done, especially in the Capital City/Lake Murr ..read more
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Vote for Lake Murray | USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards
Lake Murray Country
by Micah Decker
1M ago
Reading Time: < 1 minute We are thrilled to announce that Lake Murray has been nominated for the “Best Lake for Water Sports” award in the USA TODAY 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards. These awards recognize the top attractions and businesses across the United States and offer trusted recommendations to readers. Nominees for all categories are selected by a panel of relevant experts which include a combination of editors from USA TODAY, editors from 10Best.com, relevant expert contributors, and sources for both these media and other Gannett properties. Voting begins on Monday, May 6 at noon EDT ..read more
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Your Guide to the Southeastern BBQ Showdown FAQ
Lake Murray Country
by Kelly Hughes
1M ago
Reading Time: 5 minutes Get ready to ignite your taste buds as Capital City/Lake Murray Country (CCLMC) rolls out the red carpet for the much-anticipated inaugural Southeastern BBQ Showdown, taking place on June 14-15, 2024, at Segra Park. This event will make history as the first food sport competition held in a sports stadium. And guess who’s set to light up the stage? None other than the legendary Grammy® Award-winning Country Music band, Alabama! For over fifty years, Alabama has been a driving force in the world of Country Music, revolutionizing the genre with their electrifying performan ..read more
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Podcast Episode 7: Turn Up the Heat at the Southeastern BBQ Showdown
Lake Murray Country
by Micah Decker
2M ago
Reading Time: < 1 minute Welcome to Explore Lake Murray: Your Guide to Come Alive in the Jewel of South Carolina, a new and improved audio experience. In Episode 7, Kelly is joined by Chef Brian Duffy and Olympian Mark Henry, who are celebrity judges at the Southeastern BBQ Showdown in Columbia, SC. Chef Duffy, known for his appearances on Food Network and Spike TV’s Bar Rescue, shares his background, how he met co-judge Mark Henry and the secrets to a perfect plate of barbecue. Later in the show, Mark Henry, an Olympic weightlifter and former wrestler, talks about his journey into weightli ..read more
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Welcome To The “Explore Lake Murray Country Podcast”
Lake Murray Country
by Kelly Hughes
3M ago
Reading Time: 2 minutes Capital City/Lake Murray Country is a beloved region full of rich history, awe-inspiring experiences, and exciting adventures. The “Explore Lake Murray Country Podcast” was created to unify and inspire both visitors and locals through motivational interviews. At its core, the podcast seeks to inspire the world to “Come Alive” by savoring life, and Capital/City Lake Murray Country just happens to be the perfect place to do so. While most of the topics and guests will revolve around things to experience in the region, this is not merely an audio travel guide. The mission ..read more
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