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Lake Moultrie

Lake Moultrie, the third-largest lake in South Carolina, covers 60,000 acres, yet it is located entirely within Berkeley County. The South Carolina Public Service Authority completed the Pinopolis Dam in the early 1940s, creating this reservoir by impounding the Cooper River. A seven and one-half mile canal connects this lake with the largest lake in South Carolina, Lake Marion. A boat lock allows boat traffic through Pinopolis Dam into the Santee River. Residents and visiting anglers know this lake for its varied fishing environment and for its large alligators.


Lake Moultrie has a variable fishing environment that contains thousands of tree stumps, live cypress, and swampland as well as vast open waters. The lake holds several state fish records, including a five-pound black crappie snagged in 1957 and a 58-pound channel catfish caught in 1964. If you want to count a 900-lound alligator, Mary Ellen Mara-Christian caught one with her fishing pole in 2010.

Other game fish in this lake include bluegill, largemouth, striped, and white bass, and a variety of catfish. Several fish attractors are located along the shoreline and within the lake. These attractors are marked by buoys. Lake Moultrie participates in the Fishing Tackle Loaner Program.


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    Lake Moultrie South Carolina Coordinates:
33.3018N -80.0543W
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Surface Area:
60,000 acres
Maximum Depth:
76 ft
77 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
3 ft
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Lake Moultrie has eight boat ramps located along its 210 miles of shoreline. The ramps vary in size, including a two-lane ramp with a courtesy dock and parking for 82 vehicles.


Lake Moultrie's southeast shores connect to the Francis Marion National Forest, where campers can find developed campgrounds and primitive sites. Only four campgrounds within that forest offer reservations, including Cherry Hill, Whetstone and Cassidy Bridge on the Andrew Pickens Ranger District, and Buck Hall on the Francis Marion Ranger District. There are no cabins for rent.

Other accommodations within Berkeley County include fish camp rentals, hotels and motels, and other campgrounds outside the park. Some of these campgrounds include RV parking, lodging, and boat slips.

Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.


Lake Moultrie is located less than an hour's drive to Charleston on South Carolina's Atlantic coast. Smaller towns within Berkeley County include Pineville, St. Stephen, and Moncks Corner. The lake is close to the Charleston International Airport, but Southwest also flies into Berkeley County at Moncks Corner. Lake Moultrie is easily accessible from I-26.

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