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Lake Greenwood


More than 11,400 acres of sparkling water and over 200 miles of shoreline, you'll find great boating, fishing, golfing and camping! You'll also find an abundance of bait and tackle shops, commercial and public boat landings, docks, fishing piers and a variety of restaurants scattered along the shoreline.

The Lake Greenwood State Park is a beautiful 915-acre pine and hardwood forest with five peninsulas that extend out into the lake. Located on the western shore of Lake Greenwood, the state park has over 125 campsites and 4 picnic areas.

Lake Greenwood is a man-made lake which was created between 1935 and 1940 by the construction of the Buzzard's Roost Dam near Chappels, SC. Water was impounded to a surface elevation of 440 feet above sea level, which was later revised to 439 feet above sea level for efficient operations and reserve storage capacity.

On many South Carolina license tags there is a very distinct symbol located in the center of the tag. It is a Palmetto tree, which is the state tree of South Carolina. Although Palmetto trees are normally found growing in coastal areas of the state, there are a few growing in other areas as well. One such place is Lake Greenwood.

Lake Greenwood offers lake living for all budgets ranging from Luxury Gated Lakefront Communities and Charleston style Carriage Homes to more traditional lake homes, condos and weekend retreats!

Recent years have brought considerable development around the lake, which is becoming a choice residential and retirement area for Greenwood, Laurens, and Newberry counties. New residents and homeowners are coming to Greenwood Lake from all parts of the country to enjoy the lake views, boating, water sports, fishing, and golf.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q Are jet skis permitted on the lake?

Q What is the water quality?
A Good

Q Water Level?
A In September the lake starts being lowered and is lowered considerably in February, which is when most people work on their docks. Then it is immediately raised back to full pool.

Q Boat Docks: Are they permitted?
Boat docks are permitted in all areas except a few areas considered to be a habitat areas.

Q Are powerboats permitted?
A Yes

Q Depth of Lake?
A Varies; Full Poll Elevation 440 FT. MSL. Maximum Depth 69.3 Feet (SCDHEC). Mean Depth 21.8 ft Feet (SCDHEC).

Q Distance to nearby major cities/airports?
A Greenville-Spartanburg (GSP), 45 miles. Columbia Metropolitan, 75 miles. Charlotte-Douglas International, 125 miles.