Welcome to the Lakelands Area
More than 11,400 acres of sparkling water and over 200 miles of shoreline, you’ll find great boating, fishing, golfing and camping! You’ll also find an abundance of bait and tackle shops, commercial and public boat landings, docks, fishing piers and a variety of restaurants scattered along the shoreline.
The Lake Greenwood State Park is a beautiful 915-acre pine and hardwood forest with five peninsulas that extend out into the lake. Located on the western shore of Lake Greenwood, the state park has over 125 campsites and 4 picnic areas.
Lake Greenwood is a man-made lake which was created between 1935 and 1940 by the construction of the Buzzard’s Roost Dam near Chappels, SC. Water was impounded to a surface elevation of 440 feet above sea level, which was later revised to 439 feet above sea level for efficient operations and reserve storage capacity.
Picture of sunset over a lake, with Palmetto tree On many South Carolina license tags there is a very distinct symbol located in the center of the tag. It is a Palmetto tree, which is the state tree of South Carolina. Although Palmetto trees are normally found growing in coastal areas of the state, there are a few growing in other areas as well. One such place is Lake Greenwood.
Lake Greenwood offers lake living for all budgets ranging from Luxury Gated Lakefront Communities and Charleston style Carriage Homes to more traditional lake homes, condos and weekend retreats!
Recent years have brought considerable development around the lake, which is becoming a choice residential and retirement area for Greenwood, Laurens, and Newberry counties. New residents and homeowners are coming to Greenwood Lake from all parts of the country to enjoy the lake views, boating, water sports, fishing, and golf.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q Are jet skis permitted on the lake?
Q What is the water quality?
Q Water Level?
A In September the lake starts being lowered and is lowered considerably in February, which is when most people work on their docks. Then it is immediately raised back to full pool.
Q Boat Docks: Are they permitted?
A Boat docks are permitted in all areas except a few areas considered to be a habitat areas.
Q Are powerboats permitted?
Q Depth of Lake?
A Varies; Full Poll Elevation 440 FT. MSL. Maximum Depth 69.3 Feet (SCDHEC). Mean Depth 21.8 ft Feet (SCDHEC).
Q Distance to nearby major cities/airports?
A Greenville-Spartanburg (GSP), 45 miles. Columbia Metropolitan, 75 miles. Charlotte-Douglas International, 125 miles.
Lake Secession is located in Abbeville County. It covers an area of 1,460 acres. The City of Abbeville owns and manages Lake Secession primarily for municipal power production. The lake impounds the waters of the Rocky River which flows on to Lake Russell a 26,000 acre reservoir. Lake Secession was built in 1939 and is one of the most popular smaller lakes in the region. It is more like a winding river than a lake except near the dam. The lake still has many tree stumps sticking out of the water. Standing timber can be found in some of the coves and on water at the upper end of the lake where the river comes in. For this reason boaters should use caution. Development around the lake consists mainly of houses and a few businesses. The City of Abbeville has provided an excellent boat launching facility with two launching ramps off of highway 184. There is no charge for the boat ramp. In addition, some lake businesses on the lake provide boat ramps for a fee. There are no boat motor restrictions on this lake.
A South Carolina fishing license is required. When rain comes to the area, Lake Secession turns muddy brown for a few days depending on the amount of rain fall. Also, on windy days Lake Secession is a good place to go for boaters with smaller boats, which can’t handle the waves of the large reservoirs. Fishing in this lake has been great for years. This fishery includes largemouth bass, stripers, crappie, catfish, and white bass. The lake has only one highway bridge across it, and that is Highway 184. Each side of the bridge has rip-rap poured on the banks for erosion control. The rip-rap is in the form of large rocks.
Information on Lake Secession taken from http://www.southcarolinalakes.info/lake_secession.htm