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Murray Lake, SC

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Lake Size: 50,000 Acres
Shoreline Length (Miles): 500 Mi (800 km)
Deepest Depth: 200 ft (61 m)
Latitude: 34.065795
Longitude: -81.328968
Lake Level Above Sea Level: 360 ft (110 m)
Counties: Lexington County
Cities: Irmo

Information: Lake Murray is a reservoir in the U.S. state of South Carolina. It is approximately 50,000 acres (200 kmĀ²) in size, and has roughly 500 miles (800 km) of shoreline. It was impounded in the late 1920s to provide hydroelectric power to the state of South Carolina. Lake Murray is fed by the Saluda River, which flows from upstate South Carolina near the North Carolina state line. The Saluda Dam (officially the Dreher Shoals Dam) was an engineering feat at the time of its construction. The dam, using the native red clay soil and bedrock, was the largest earthen dam in the world when it was completed in 1930. Lake Murray itself is named after the project's chief engineer, William S. Murray. The Saluda Dam is approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) long and 220 feet (67 m) high. Lake Murray is 41 miles (66 km) long, and 14 miles (23 km) wide at its widest point. When the lake was finished, it was the world's largest man-made reservoir.
  
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The Lake Murray adventure means boating, sailing, canoeing, fishing, water-skiing, swimming, camping and just plain fun at one of the South's most scenic playgrounds. The Timberlake community near Chapin is the one subdivision with a golf course on the shores of Lake Murray.
 



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