Best lakes in Columbia

Check out the top lakes in Columbia, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Liberty Tap Room & Grill
1. Liberty Tap Room & Grill
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15 local reviews
1602 Marina Rd, Irmo
Closed · Opens 11:00 AM
+1 803-667-9715
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Carol
Liberty Tap Room is a casual dining restaurant serving traditional American cuisine with a twist in a fun,…
Sam
Beautiful waterfront dining on Lake Murray. Go for half price wine on Wednesday, and half price appetizers and…
Mark
Nice place on north side of Lake Murray (we're on the south side). Good beers and burgers!
1. Liberty Tap Room & Grill
1. Liberty Tap Room & Grill
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15 local reviews
1602 Marina Rd, Irmo
Closed · Opens 11:00 AM
+1 803-667-9715
Carol
Carol
Liberty Tap Room is a casual dining restaurant serving traditional American cuisine with a twist in a fun, modern atmosphere. Enjoy our…
Sam
Sam
Beautiful waterfront dining on Lake Murray. Go for half price wine on Wednesday, and half price appetizers and happy hour specials before 7…
Mark
Mark
Nice place on north side of Lake Murray (we're on the south side). Good beers and burgers!
2. Lake Murray
2. Lake Murray
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14 local reviews
Lake Murray
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Sam
Lake Murray is one of my absolute favorite things about Columbia. Its one of the most beautiful, largest and…
Jennifer
This is one of my favorite places on earth. My family lives on this lake and offers so much! Just ask and Ill…
Martha/Paul
We are about 10 minutes away from the beautiful Lake Murray. There is a walking path across the dam that…
2. Lake Murray
2. Lake Murray
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14 local reviews
Lake Murray
Sam
Sam
Lake Murray is one of my absolute favorite things about Columbia. Its one of the most beautiful, largest and clean man made lakes in the…
Jennifer
Jennifer
This is one of my favorite places on earth. My family lives on this lake and offers so much! Just ask and Ill talk your ear off. Great boat…
Martha/Paul
Martha/Paul
We are about 10 minutes away from the beautiful Lake Murray. There is a walking path across the dam that gives you beautiful views…
3. Sesquicentennial State Park
3. Sesquicentennial State Park
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10 local reviews
9564 Two Notch Road, Columbia
Closed · Opens 8:00 AM
+1 803-788-2706
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Heather
This park has a large lake with a trail all the way around. There are also several other long trails…
Leah
Forested park with a lake offering campsites, kayak & canoe rentals, a bicycle loop & nature trails. Located…
William & Kathy
Beautiful national and state park with a lake, walking trails, biking and hiking trails.
3. Sesquicentennial State Park
3. Sesquicentennial State Park
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10 local reviews
9564 Two Notch Road, Columbia
Closed · Opens 8:00 AM
+1 803-788-2706
Heather
Heather
This park has a large lake with a trail all the way around. There are also several other long trails throughout the park. Lots of pine…
Leah
Leah
Forested park with a lake offering campsites, kayak & canoe rentals, a bicycle loop & nature trails. Located in the Sandhills region of…
William & Kathy
William & Kathy
Beautiful national and state park with a lake, walking trails, biking and hiking trails.
4. Lake Murray Dam
4. Lake Murray Dam
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11 local reviews
Lake Murray Dam, Lexington
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Terri
Park at the Lake Murray dam and walk on the three mile (total) walking path across the dam and back. There is…
Mary
Walk along the dam to look over Lake Murray or hang out at the grassy park. Please note that there is traffic…
Patti
Beautiful views of Lake Murray. You can walk across the dam and enjoy the views of the Lake and the boats!
4. Lake Murray Dam
4. Lake Murray Dam
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11 local reviews
Lake Murray Dam, Lexington
Terri
Terri
Park at the Lake Murray dam and walk on the three mile (total) walking path across the dam and back. There is also a public beach access on…
Mary
Mary
Walk along the dam to look over Lake Murray or hang out at the grassy park. Please note that there is traffic on the dam. No pets or bikes…
Patti
Patti
Beautiful views of Lake Murray. You can walk across the dam and enjoy the views of the Lake and the boats!
5. Dreher Shoals Dam
5. Dreher Shoals Dam
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9 local reviews
Dreher Shoals Dam, Columbia
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Heather
This is one of two parks on either end of the Lake Murray Dam. A great public park to go relax or get wet…
Mark
Once the largest earthen dam in the world! Built for hydroelectric power in 1927, Lake Murray has over 600…
Jorge
Walk across the dam or enjoy the lake
5. Dreher Shoals Dam
5. Dreher Shoals Dam
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9 local reviews
Dreher Shoals Dam, Columbia
Heather
Heather
This is one of two parks on either end of the Lake Murray Dam. A great public park to go relax or get wet. Also a good place to park if you…
Mark
Mark
Once the largest earthen dam in the world! Built for hydroelectric power in 1927, Lake Murray has over 600 miles of shoreline. The dam has…
Jorge
Jorge
Walk across the dam or enjoy the lake
6. Saluda Shoals Park
6. Saluda Shoals Park
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9 local reviews
5605 Bush River Rd, Columbia
Closed · Opens 7:00 AM
(803) 772-1228
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Heather
If you're okay with driving a little distance from our house, this is a great place to go for a walk, or just…
Mark
Paved trails along the Saluda River. Very peaceful. $5 entry fee. Has Christmas Lights during that season. …
6. Saluda Shoals Park
6. Saluda Shoals Park
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9 local reviews
5605 Bush River Rd, Columbia
Closed · Opens 7:00 AM
(803) 772-1228
Heather
Heather
If you're okay with driving a little distance from our house, this is a great place to go for a walk, or just be outside. The river that…
Mark
Mark
Paved trails along the Saluda River. Very peaceful. $5 entry fee. Has Christmas Lights during that season. It's about 15-20 minutes from…