Waterways, Boating & Kayaking

Water based recreation is a mainstay in McCormick County. Lake Strom Thurmond is, according to the USACE, the second largest man-made impoundment east of the Mississippi River at 71,000 acres. Around the lake there are approximately thirty-six (36) publicly accessible boat launching ramps or facilities. Two of the six Marinas around the lake are in McCormick County. Do not overlook Stevens Creek and Little River. While both are part of the Lake Strom Thurmond Project, each offer opportunities for recreation on smaller waterways.

Lake Strom Thurmond

This lake is a US Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) project that was constructed during the 1950’s – 1960’s. It is one of the largest man-made impoundments east of the Mississippi River encompassing more than 70,000 acres of surface water. As with all USACE projects, one of the stated purposes is for the use and enjoyment of the public. The website link below offers many options for how to enjoy this great resource.

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Pollinator Project

The USACE Pollinator Protection Plan established by the White House in 2015, promotes the health of pollinator species on lands and waters administered by the USACE. The 40-acre Pollinator and Longleaf Pine Habitat Demonstration Area located between the Project Managers Office and Clarks Hill Park provides visitors with the opportunity to learn more about the importance of pollinators and to view firsthand the uniqueness of a longleaf pine habitat.

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Little River Blue Way

An idea became a reality in 2009 when a group of grassroots outdoor enthusiasts had the idea to compile opportunities to enjoy the many assets for recreation in the area. The initiative created a map that listed all assets of various entities: the Old 96 Tourism Commission, SC PRT, USACE, USFS, McCormick County Council, McCormick Chamber of Commerce, and Savannah Lakes Village. Visit the SC Blue Way website for access to the map and information to enjoy this beautiful part of the county.

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Stevens Creek

The Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve is home to a variety (15) of rare plant species and reptiles. The 434 acre Stevens Creek Bluff was purchased by the SC Department of Natural Resources with assistance from the Nature Conservancy. Please visit the website linked below for a more complete description.

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Plum Branch Yacht Club

Offers: Full-service marina, RV and primitive campsites, storage sheds, Ship’s Store, Lakeside Grill. PBYC was named the “Marina and Dockage” Small Marina of the Year for 2019 – the only freshwater to be given that honor.

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