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Santee State Park

Santee State Park

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Santee State Park offers cabins, camping, biking, hiking, boating and fishing in the heart of one of the nation’s best-known outdoors destinations – Santee Cooper Country.

The park sits along Lake Marion, one of the two lakes (the other’s Moultrie) that gave birth to America’s inland striped bass fishery. Together, the lakes cover more than 170,000 acres and now also are known for their abundant populations of huge catfish.

The park’s rondette cabins, including 10 on piers over the lake, have been hosting outdoorsmen and families for generations. A community meeting building, with its large, screened-in grilling facility, also attracts groups.

Out in the lake across from the park is Lake Marion’s flooded cypress forest. Pontoon boat tours into the lake’s swampy headwaters are based out of the park’s marina/park store.


  • Wi-Fi Availability: Complimentary wi-fi is available for park guests at the park office/visitor center and the new park store and wireless lounge.

  • Tour and Programs Information: A nature-based boat tour of Lake Marion departs from the boat dock adjacent to the boat ramp nearest the park visitors center on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (times may vary).

    Call Fish Eagle Tours at 803/854-4005 for additional information.

    Group fees available.


  • Admission: $2 adults; $1.25 SC seniors; age 15 & younger free.

    All guests not staying overnight are required to pay admission. Visitors may pay admission at the park office, park store or any one of the three green iron ranger boxes located throughout the park.
  • Days and Hours of Operation: 6am-10pm, daily, year-round
  • Office Hours: 8am-5pm, daily (Hours may extend during peak season)
  • Visitor Center: The visitors center houses the park office and includes displays on natural and cultural history of the area. This facility is handicap accessible. Fishing/hunting licenses are also available for purchase at the visitor center.

  • Tours: A nature-based boat tour of Lake Marion departs from the boat dock adjacent to the boat ramp nearest the park visitors center on W, F, Sa and Su (times may vary). Call Fish Eagle Tours at 803-854-4005 for additional information. Group rates are available.


  • Driving Directions:
    From I-95: Take exit 98 to Hwy 6 toward Elloree, the park is located 1 mi. W. of the town of Santee.

    From Columbia: Take I-26 to Hwy 6, exit 136, travel through St. Matthews, continue on Hwy 6 for approximately 15 mile to Elloree and follow signs.

  • Lake Location: Yes
  • Counties: Orangeburg
  • Acreage: 2500
  • Miles to Nearest Hospital: 26
  • Water Front Location: Yes
  • Miles to Nearest Town: 3
  • Miles to Nearest Grocery Store: 4


  • Charleston, SC: 65
  • Columbia, SC: 60
  • Florence, SC: 70
  • Greenville, SC: 160
  • Charlotte, NC: 160
  • Raleigh, NC: 200
  • Atlanta, GA: 243
  • Augusta, GA: 96


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Contact Information

251 State Park RD
Santee,SC 29142
Phone: (803) 854-2408
Fax: (803) 854-4834
Orangeburg CountySantee