For those who enjoy the outdoor life and more strenuous activities, the area in and around Columbia is a golfer’s paradise and a hiker’s dream. While there are numerous nearby streams and lakes to choose from, the most spectacular is Lake Murray, just west of the city.
It provides a huge 78-square-mile playground for all types of recreational activities, from fishing to swimming to camping. Be it wind, motor or paddles that power your boat, there is a place for you on Lake Murray. The lake marina is open seven days a week and offers services such as boat sales, rentals, live bait, accessories, a launch ramp, wet and dry storage, MerCruiser techs, boat detailing, gas and a ship’s store. For more information, contact the Lake Murray Country Visitor’s Center at (866) SCJEWEL or visit www.lakemurraycountry.com