COLUMBIA, S.C. (March 26, 2008) – South Carolina Electric & Gas Company’s (SCE&G) public parks on the Lexington and Irmo sides of the dam at Lake Murray will open April 1 for the 2008 season. The boat-launching park on the Irmo side will remain open through Sept. 1 (Labor Day). The beach/recreation area on the Lexington side will remain open through Sept. 28.
“With the lake back to normal levels, we are excited about the summer season,” said Tommy Boozer, who manages the parks for SCE&G.
Operating hours will be from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday until May 5, after which the parks will stay open until 8 p.m. Weekend and holiday hours are from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Visitors to the park on the Lexington side of the dam are reminded that the beach will not be staffed with lifeguards. The beach is a swim-at-your-own-risk area.
With the new pedestrian walkway to open soon across the dam, the public is reminded that visitors will not be allowed to park at the recreation area on the Lexington side after the site closes. However, visitors can park at the boat-launching site on the Irmo side after hours. There is no cost to park if visitors arrive before the park opens or after it closes.
Parking fees are charged during normal operating hours to help offset the cost of maintenance, security and improvements at the parks. Fees for motorcycles are $2. Car and truck fees are $3. The fee for buses is $5. Season passes can be purchased for $45 per vehicle.
The public boat launch has three ramps and is open 24 hours a day. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited at both park sites. Restrooms and picnic facilities are also available at both park sites.