Top SC Lakes

             Comparing Lake Front Property in SC

Buster Boyd Bridge at Lake Wylie

There’s little doubt that South Carolina is king of lakefront homes and condos. According to, there are eleven popular lakes in South Carolina: Greenwood, Jocassee, Moultrie, Murray, Thurmond (no question what this lake is named after!), Wylie, Hartwell, Keowee, Marion, Russell, and Wateree. There are lakefront homes for sale on most of the following lakes.  So how do you choose which SC lake to live on?  Read the information below for that answer, or SKIP TO THE SUMMARY.

South Carolina Lakes

Map of Lakes in South Carolina

Lake Marion is South Carolina's largest lake, with 110,000 acres and a canal connecting it to nearby Lake Moultrie. Both are located in the Charleston area and owned by the Santee Cooper Electrical Cooperative, created to manufacture power. Marion is bordered by many swampy areas with an "everglades" feel to it - full of cypress trees and moss. Lake Marion is more shallow than Lake Greenwood, and has more brown water from tannic acid produced by leaves and woody plants. It was built over uncleared forests. Due to its development Lake Marion can be dangerous to unaware boaters and water sports enthusiasts.   The sheer size of the open lake creates large waves and an oceanic look unlike most other lakes. There are many Lake Marion waterfront homes for sale here, along with Charleston's many other water bodies; however some lakefront properties are leased from the hydro owner and not owned fee simple.

Lake Moultrie is smaller and connected to Marion by a water bridge called the Diversion Canal. At 64,400 acres, Moultrie is still a major water body. It has an oval shape which brings wind and waves that can make handling a boat best left to a skilled boater. Moultrie is most popular for fishing and is built up with campgrounds, marinas, and tourist facilities.

Both of the above SC lakes are near the coast, so consideration should be given to effects of tropical storms as well as differences in insurance coverage. Another consideration is that due to the blackwater ponds and shallow swampy areas, these lakes produce alligators, snakes, and reptiles commonly found in the coastal regions.

Lake Hartwell is US Army Corp of Engineers owned and maintained, and is one of the state's more popular man-made lakes. It is powered by the Savannah River and borders South Carolina and Georgia.  Hartwell has its own state park with several more along its shores. Lake Hartwell covers 56,000 acres which makes it considerably larger than Greenwood. In comparison, even though Lake Hartwell is deeper and larger than Greenwood, it has more problems maintaining water levels. This is especially true in drought conditions, as was evidenced as recently as 2008. At 22 feet below normal levels, it left many boat shells and docks on dry land and the marinas inaccessible. Water levels are now back to normal, and lake front property for sale is abundant.

With Army Corp owned/maintained lakes, the lakefront property owner’s actual ownership ends where the “Corps Line” begins, which is usually about 200’ from the water. Permission must be obtained for building personal docks. It is at the discretion of the Corp of Engineers whether for these, and pathways to the lakefront can be cleared since the homeowner does not own the access.

Richard B Russell Dam at Lake RussellLake Russell was formerly called Trotter Shoals Lake, and renamed to honor SC Senator Richard B. Russell. This lake is also owned by the Army Corps and has very little in the way of lakefront property on its 540 miles of shoreline. It is primarily a recreational lake now, although created for flood control and electricity production. Lake Russell borders Georgia and South Carolina and doesn't offer as many tourist attractions as some of the more popular lakes. Being a Corp of Engineers lake the same property restrictions will apply.

Lake Jocassee is a SC lake owned by Duke Energy Corp, and located in the state's western mountains. There are very few lakefront homes on Jocassee, and little development around it at all. Jocassee has one state park, Devil's Fork, and is most noted for the fishing opportunities it offers. The water in Jocassee is very cold but clear, which makes it a major draw to scuba divers. The SC lake encompasses 7,565 acres of near wilderness and offers few amenities. With the Jocassee's mountainous location, consideration to inclement weather and driving conditions should be given.

Lake Keowee is owned by Duke Power and a sister lake to Jocassee. With 18,500 acres and beautiful mountain views, lakefront housing is highly developed along its shores. Keowee is not a deep lake, but offers clear waters that make scuba diving popular and has two marinas, four bordering state parks, and numerous boat ramps to take advantage of its recreational offerings.

Lake KeoweeWith all its beautiful mountain glory, Lake Keowee homes are available for sale, but are more pricey than Lake Greenwood homes. "The Cliffs" is a very popular golf and lake community, and offers luxury homes for sale on Lake Keowee. There are also available homesites and lots along the shore. (Photo from )


Lake Murray is another haven for avid fishermen. Located northeast of Columbia and containing 500 miles of beautiful shoreline, SC's Lake Murray is powered by the Saluda River and one of the largest dams in the country. The Saluda begins at the border of North Carolina and also fills Lakes Greenwood, Wateree, the Congaree River, and the Greenville SC Water reservoir. Lake Murray has numerous marinas, restaurants, and tourist facilities on its borders. Being located near Columbia, it is a heavily populated and highly trafficked lake. Murray is a large, wide lake, and therefore subject to larger, rougher waves during storms. Lake Greenwood is longer and more narrow in shape, which reduces the rough waters and makes for easier navigation. Greenwood is still large enough for nearly all watersports, however.

Strom Thurmond Lake Property

Strom Thurmond lends his name to Lake Thurmond, which is called Clark's Hill on the Georgia side. This wide, smooth lake is owned by the Army Corps and as such has minimal shoreline housing development with varying lake levels. It's popular for water skiing, boating, and its 3 bordering state parks.  As with Lake Hartwell, Lake Thurmond has had problems maintaining water levels, particularly in drought situations. There are few if any personal docks and permission must be granted by the Corp of Engineers before personal docks can be built/installed - or pathways between the owner's property and the lake may be altered in any way.

Lake Wylie is a 13,400 acre lake that was created for hydro-electric power, but is also used as a recreational facility by its nearby towns - which includes the rather famous Tega Cay, known for the Jim Bakker/PTL Club extravagance. There are 6 public boat accesses, 2 nuclear power plants, and it is popular to both nearby North Carolina and its South Carolina residents. You'll find many waterfront homes for sale on Lake Wylie SC.

Lake Wateree is a Duke Power owned recreational lake popular with fishermen, campers, and boat enthusiasts. It has little in the way of housing or SC lake front property, giving the 13,000 acres instead to a large state park and Wateree Lake Campground. It is located along highway I-77 in Winnsboro, SC, and is noted for its pristine natural preserves and beautiful wildlife population, including egrets, herons, deer, and even wild turkeys.



That's easy!

  • Not a Corp of Engineers Lake (50’ setback lines in most areas-25’ in others)
  • Private docks allowed (except in critical habitat areas)
  • 11,400 acres of uncrowded waters
  • 20+ miles long
  • 212 miles of shoreline
  • Affordability
  • Family oriented lake
  • Easily navigated waters
  • No swamps
  • No alligators
  • No tropical storm effects, worries, or expenses
  • No harsh winter weather
  • Great central location (convenient to both mountains and coast)
  • And the list goes on!

Call us for more information if you are interested in buying lake front property anywhere in SC!

Just A Few Extraordinary Lake Greenwood Homes

7 Beds 6 Baths 130766 MLS
No Showings until May 24th. Beautiful all brick lake front home on Lake Greenwood in South Carolina. This estate style, 3 level home features 7 bedrooms, 5 full baths, 2 half baths, great room with FP, and breakfast room. The kitchen is spacious with large island and tons of cabinets and granite counters. This home offers the perfect layout for entertaining family and friends. Main level features also include dining room and Butler's pantry with wine cooler and granite countertops. Retreat to the Master bedroom on main level with huge walk in shower and separate tub. Double vanities and large walk in closet complement the beautiful ensuite. Enjoy the beautiful lake views from the master perfect for relaxing. Additional guest room on main level with full bath. Home has hardwood floors throughout and tile in the the bathrooms. Large laundry room with sink and double garage with storage area also at main level. Home has two upstairs areas. One area offers one private bedroom/office with full bath. Secondary upstairs area has office area, den/loft area, and two large bedrooms. Enjoy the large 1500 sq.ft. walk out basement with two bedrooms and one full bath. This is the perfect space for recreation room, home theatre, or in law suite. Home has large screened porch on main level and covered patio off walk out basement. Yard has irrigation, mature landscaping, and sidewalks. Gorgeous azaleas and crape myrtles lovely this time of year. Lake home has shared dock. The views area absolutely amazing. Grand Harbor is a private gated community with gorgeous 18 hole Davis Love designed Golf Course. You will feel like you are always on vacation at the Cabana and large pool that offers food and beverages. Don't play golf? Other amenities include clay tennis courts, fitness center, marina with boat slips (annual slip fee), Bocce Ball courts, Pickle ball Courts (under construction), beautiful clubhouse with formal and casual dining. Fun Tap Room and covered outdoor dining area and fire pit. Grand Harbor offers weekly social events (cards, book clubs, Bunco, Bible studies, exercise classes, water aerobics and more. Live the extraordinary lake life Grand Harbor has to offer. This home won't last long.

526 Grand Harbor Blvd, Ninety Six

4 Beds 3 Baths 130738 MLS
Here it is! Your beautiful dream home ON LAKE GREENWOOD! This stunning pristine two story cedar board/batten lake home boasts of four bedrooms and three bathrooms with master on the main level in this lovely unrestricted neighborhood! There is a little over 2135 square feet on the first two floors and an additional 447 square feet in the partial basement. There is an upgraded large boat dock with heavy duty lift. Located just off the main water, it is the perfect location for swimming and privacy. Enter the front door into the lovely foyer and then right into the extra large open floor plan with kitchen and living/dining room big open floor plan space! Enjoy absolutely gorgeous lake views right from the living room to open big Lake Greenwood. From the living/dining room kitchen area step outside to more lake views from the freshly painted multi-tiered deck with stairs right down to the dock. From the master bedroom, walk right out onto a screened porch next to the large back deck to enjoy more Lake Greenwood views while enjoying morning coffee. The kitchen is quite large and is wide open to the living room dining room area. There is a large island, spacious granite countertops, a gas oven/range, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, and trash compactor. The dining area is situated within the large living area next to a cozy stone fireplace. An additional refrigerator downstairs (in addition to the one in the kitchen) and washer and dryer also comes with the home. On the main level is the kitchen/dining room/living room area, three bedrooms, and one bath. And there is even a pull down disappearing attic stairway from the master that leads to plentiful attic storage. Upstairs is yet another bedroom and full bath with shower, and downstairs is a large concrete floored partially finished walkout basement right to the lake. The laundry area is located here as well as plenty of room for exercise equipment or a game room for pool table fun. There is an outdoor building for storage that is wired with electricity. Fencing has been added, the yard is fully irrigated, meticulously landscaped, and the plush green backyard is perfect for kids to play volleyball, corn hole toss, or other fun games. The sellers are in the process of adding new granite bathroom countertops and new paint in the upstairs bedroom. New drain field has been added, and the home was freshly painted only two years ago. There is a water softener system underneath the home. Enjoy summer evenings on the large deck or screened porch with views from this cozy cove onto the big water, and even enjoy fishing right from the large dock. This is YOUR desirable home on the lake! Located only 15 minutes from Greenwood, shopping and downtown. But hurry because this one won't last long!

512 SAND SHORE DRIVE, Greenwood

4 Beds 3 Baths 130685 MLS
Brand new to the market -- do not miss this lakefront, 4 bed 3 bath + bonus room home on year round water in Harborside, one of the hottest neighborhoods on Lake Greenwood! This home has been carefully maintained inside and out, and it will show as soon as you pull into the driveway. The landscaping could not be in better shape, the seawall has been upgraded, and the dock had structural upgrades over last winter. The two car garage will fit your vehicles or even an 18 ft. fishing boat! Inside you will notice the openness of the living areas, with immediate views of the lake from the front door. Three bedrooms and two baths are to your right including the master, and a guest suite with full bathroom is on the opposite side of the home. The entire rear of the home is set with large sliding doors, giving you peaceful and panoramic views of Lake Greenwood from the master, dining room, kitchen, and guest suite. The kitchen has ample storage and pantry space, eat-in bar, breakfast area, and quick access to the laundry room next to the garage entrance. The carpet, water heater, dishwasher, and HVACs have all been replaced by the current owners, and the dock was just painted. The Harborside community is really a hidden gem, and has some of the most incredible views you can find on the lake. It is less than 25 minutes from Greenwood for most of your medical and shopping needs, but grocery, hardware stores, and restaurants are much closer. You will love the peaceful vibes of this house and how private the neighborhood is. Get a showing scheduled soon!

404 Nautical Way, Greenwood

4 Beds 3.5 Baths 130651 MLS
Welcome to lakefront paradise at 210 Starboard Tack! This exquisite property offers a rare opportunity to own a stunning waterfront home in the premier gated golf community of Stoney Point in Greenwood, South Carolina. Situated on the shores of the picturesque lake and big open year-round water, this home offers breathtaking views and a serene atmosphere that will make you feel like you're on vacation every day. The moment you step inside, you'll be captivated by the panoramic views of the lake visible from almost every room. The wall of windows facing the lake flood the space with natural light. The cozy fireplace flanked with custom built-ins adds a touch of warmth and elegance to the room. The dining room with triple trey ceiling is perfect for hosting family and friends.The spacious kitchen is equipped with premium quartz countertops, stylish cabinetry, and a center island. There is ample space for entertaining and hosting friends taking advantage of the eat-in kitchen area and the adjacent sitting room for everybody to be a part of the cooking/dining experience with the lake being a perfect backdrop. Just down the hall from the kitchen is a large walk-in pantry, a half bath, and a laundry room, all located separately. Leave out the back door and walk through the breezeway into the two car garage equipped with extra storage closets inside. The primary bedroom is a true retreat, offering a tranquil space to unwind and recharge. Wake up to the sound of gentle waves and indulge in the luxury of an ensuite bathroom featuring a separate tub and shower, double vanity area with double sinks, and walk-in closet. The main level and upstairs level offer approximately 2,768 sq ft of living space. The upstairs offers two of the remaining bedrooms located on one end of the catwalk with a full bath inbetween. The other end of the catwalk features a home office/study. Downstairs, you will find a fully finished basement with a bedroom and bathroom accessed from both the hallway and the bedroom, a family room with partial kitchenette/bar area, and a separate home office closed off by French doors. A sunroom just off the bar area faces the lake offering a place to rest and unwind. Several closed off utility spaces inside the back of the lower level conveniently provide storage for all of your lake toys and other storage needs. The walkout ground level offers approximately 1,447 sq ft of living space. Just outside the walkout basement is a great patio area with a swing and the lush, green yard is equipped with perfectly positioned steps to walk down to the dock. The covered dock has a boatlift and a lift that accommodates two Sea-Doos. The floating platform is perfect for jumping off into the water cannonball style! When you get tired of swimming, come back to shore and enjoy reclining on the sundeck. The deck off the main floor offers additional outdoor space to gather with friends and family. Come experience the lake life and what Stoney Point has to offer. The social side of you will enjoy the amenities of golfing, tennis courts, covered year-round pool, workout center, and more. The gated community is centered around an 18-hole golf course called the links at Stoney Point. The clubhouse offers a chance to meet up with friends and experience fine dining and beverages. Waterfront homes on big water with spectacular views rarely come available in this neighborhood. This home offers a peaceful and idyllic lifestyle while still being conveniently close to shopping, dining, and medical facilities. Don't miss the chance to own your own piece of waterfront paradise at 210 Starboard Tack. Schedule a showing today and experience the beauty and tranquility of Southern lakefront living!

210 Starboard Tack, Greenwood

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