Lake Greenwood is unique in so many ways. From its vibrant sunsets to its amazing wildlife and natural beauty. Lake Greenwood has much to offer. Learn more about our lake and surrounding communities.

Where is Lake Greenwood?

Beautiful Lake Greenwood is located in the Upstate area of South Carolina and adjacent to Greenwood, Laurens and Newberry counties. The lake is situated between Greenville and Columbia, with the closest town being minutes away in the city of Greenwood. (Map)

How large is Lake Greenwood?

Lake Greenwood is 11,400-acres with 212 miles of shoreline. The water depth of Lake Greenwood averages 22’, with a maximum depth of 69 feet.

What is the history of Lake Greenwood?

The lake was formed where the Reedy River joins the Saluda River. It was created between the years 1935 and 1940 by the construction of the Buzzard’s Roost hydroelectric dam on the south end of the lake near Chappells, SC.

Who owns and manages Lake Greenwood?

The Lake Greenwood lakebed is owned by Greenwood County. Unique to many other lakes in the area, Lake Greenwood is not managed by the Corp. of Engineers, but instead by the Greenwood Department of Lake Management. This local department is responsible for issuing permits, lake upkeep, upkeep of public lake access areas, assisting in complying with the FERC license, administering shoreline management, and inspection of lake encroachments. What does all this mean? Much more control and local support in managing your lakefront property.

Can you swim in Lake Greenwood?

Yes! People come yearly to swim and enjoy its waters. Although the lake has no designated swimming area or lifeguards, you can still swim at your own risk.

What activities are allowed on Lake Greenwood?

As of January 2009, boating, jet skis (personal watercraft), water sports, skiing, tubing, sailboats, and all other watercraft are allowed on Lake Greenwood. (see boating rules and restrictions)

What is the fishing like on Lake Greenwood?

Lake Greenwood is an excellent destination for freshwater fishing. In fact, Lake Greenwood is one of only three lakes in South Carolina that provides the quality of water to keep your catch. Fish include; Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Blue Gill, Crappie, Perch, and Stripers. (see SC Fishing Reports)

Where can I launch my boat on Lake Greenwood? 

We have nice public boat ramps on both the Greenwood and Laurens county shorelines that provide access to Lake Greenwood. Public ramps include: Buzzard’s Roost Boat Ramp, Lake Greenwood State Park, Riverfork Boat Ramp, Four Seasons Boat Ramp, and Laurens Road Ramp – as well as many others. Plans are in the works for a brand new facility with restrooms, near Cothran’s Bridge off Highway 72. There are over a half dozen marinas that you can fuel your boat and watercraft. Boat and jet ski rentals are available at many locations.

What kind of boats can we have?

Anything you can afford! We allow all kinds of boating here. We have pontoons, ski boats, fishing boats, jet skis, sailboats….and even a few Yach-ets. That’s redneck for the really big boats. Heck, we even have a Yacht Club on this lake!

Are there restaurants on Lake Greenwood?

Great food is always close by, including at our newest restaurant Break on the Lake. The restaurant is located right off the Cothran’s Bridge area where Highway 72/221 East crosses the main body of water. You can pull up by boat or car. They offer seafood, wings, steaks, burgers, soups….and “meat and three.” If you’re new to the south, that means something wonderful fried…or grilled, with there vegetables of your choice. Dine inside, at the bar, or outside by the lake breezes. Sweet tea ya’ll?!

Harris Landing also has slips for you to pull up and stay awhile. They have great burgers, wings, and daily specials. For just the right atmosphere, they have a Tiki Bar by the water. Harris Landing is just beside the bridge where Old Laurens Highway crosses the Main Body of the Lake.

Skippers Landing is another local favorite. People have lots of great things to say about their seafood – and yes, you can pull up by boat. Bring the grandchildren here. They have a jungle float on the water for diving, flipping, and having a blast. We like to park the pontoon and watch while our grandson burns off energy for us to rest awhile.

You’ll find other breakfast spots and pizza, burger and dogs spots at marinas around the lake.

Can I camp or park my RV on Lake Greenwood?

You’ll find RV parks and campgrounds conveniently located around the lake, including at Lake Greenwood State Park. Here you can walk their hiking trails and experience all the natural beauty this 915-acre park has to offer.

Are there golf courses near Lake Greenwood?

Award-winning golf courses are open throughout the year, including the Links at Stoney Point and the Patriot Golf Course at Grand Harbor.

What about Healthcare around Lake Greenwood?

Self Regional Hospital the top-rated health care provider in the area. Headquartered in the city of Greenwood, this hospital has a new tower that makes it easy for families to watch over their loved ones during their stay. Greenwood also has a genetics center that is very impressive, along with just about any kind of care you may need. The nearby city of Abbeville also has an excellent hospital center. The Greenville Hospital system is also nearby for more advanced and special care needs. 

What else can we do at Lake Greenwood? (…other than sit on the porch?)

We have great communities here, where people get together. Connect Lake Greenwood sponsors events for everyone on the lake, including a spectacular fireworks show around the Fourth of July. We have concerts on the lake, so you can pull up by boat and enjoy family time. Lander University and Piedmont Tech offer great continuing ed programs. Both Abbeville and Newberry have Opera Houses. Greenwood has the Festival of Flowers in the summer which is nothing short of incredible. We have lots to do….but here’s a warning.  That water is going to seduce you. It’s hard to leave the lake to go anywhere else!

Does Lake Greenwood have alligators?

No sir! Lake Greenwood does not have alligators. Why? Alligators aren’t common in the Upstate of South Carolina. Alligators tend to prefer bodies of water that are near saltwater. This is more typical in Florida and other communities near saltwater. Why do we pose this question? We are asked every year.