Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Camping at Lake Wateree State Park, SC


Back once again at Lake Wateree State Park, near Winnsboro, South Carolina. This Park is only about 45 minutes from our home in Columbia. It’s one of the nicest getaways imaginable at which to complete a writing project.

Click on the photo above and you can see that I’ve turned the Aliner around on the campsite to face the lake. What a view! As if the woods in this area weren’t enough. A beautiful lake view out of the front window and from both sides.

Road and CampsitesSpeaking of campsites, this Park has paved campsite surfaces that rival those at Calhoun Falls State Park! Now, that’s high praise indeed. It’s true, though. And they’re kept spic ‘n span clean year round. As are the bath houses here.

Lake Wateree is one of Park System’s later additions, I believe. So, those of you uncomfortable with dirt or gravel sites, even when hard-packed, will be right at home here.

Every one of the sites here is just like those you see in the photo above. No surprises. Some are even long enough to accommodate those huge Class A motorhomes – the ones so big their owners are said to pay taxes in two counties. There are a few pull-through sites as well. Not on the water, though.

I’ve been coming here for a long time. Long before the Aliner. I vividly recall grading final exams here for two classes back in the late 1980s or early 1990s. I was camping then with a large tent. Hot as the dickens. Must have been at the end of the spring term. This Aliner with its air conditioner and propane furnace is much more comfortable.

boatsCrappie fishermen have been out in force on the lake yesterday and today. It’s said the crappie are thick as fleas just off the shore here. Click on the photo above and look closely at the boat in the middle. It obviously was built more with comfort than speed in mind. Those folks know what they’re doing. Wouldn’t be surprised if it included a full-service kitchen!

Well, back to “work.” More to come from Lake Wateree, so stay tuned.

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