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Lake Time is Prime Time in Seneca

Marie McAden Marie McAden
A former staffer with The Miami Herald, Marie moved to SC in 1992. She is passionate about the outdoors, and enjoys exploring the state’s many natural treasures from the Lowcountry to the Upstate.
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Perched at the southern edge of Lake Keowee, Seneca has become a destination for boating, fishing and kayaking in the South Carolina Upstate. The city also offers easy access to Lake Hartwell, another popular reservoir renowned by anglers for its healthy populations of many fish species.

For those who prefer staying high and dry, there are two golf courses—one offering FootGolf—disc golf, two county parks and a bowling alley to keep you entertained.


Ready to get moving? Here are some of Seneca’s best recreational offerings:

Seneca offers access to Lake Keowee for fishing, boating, swimming and kayaking.

Lake Keowee 

With 300 miles of picturesque shoreline, this 18,500-acre lake offers an array of recreational activities, including waterskiing, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding, camping, picnicking and fishing. The clear mountain waters are home to largemouth bass, spotted bass, crappie and catfish. For boat rentals, check out Lake Keowee MarinaHigh Falls Boat Rentals and Lake Keowee Boat Rentals.


Lake Hartwell 

Widely recognized as one of the top fishing lakes in the country, Lake Hartwell has hosted a number of professional bass tournaments. The 56,000-acre reservoir has an abundance of largemouth and smallmouth bass, striped bass, bream, catfish, walleye and even the occasional trout. If you’re looking to rent a boat during your visit to Seneca, try Clemson Marina.



Looking to go fishing in Lake Keowee or Hartwell? Improve your chances of reeling in a trophy catch by booking the services of a fishing guide. Among the many available in the area are Fishski Business and Keowee Fishing Service.

Unlimited Outfitters rents kayaks and stand-up paddle boards from its two outposts at South Cove and High Falls county parks in Seneca. Photo courtesy of Unlimited Outfitters.

High Falls County Park

Located on the shores of Lake Keowee, the park features 91 campsites—10 overlooking the water—along with picnic tables and shelters, a swimming area, miniature golf, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, two boat ramps, a fishing pier and a playground.


South Cove County Park

This 48-acre park also offers access to Lake Keowee and features 86 campsites on a 15-acre peninsula. Day-use facilities include three boat ramps, four pickleball courts, three tennis courts, a basketball court, playground areas, a handicapped-accessible fishing pier and a sandy beach for sunbathing.


Unlimited Outfitters

With locations in both South Cove and High Falls county parks, this Seneca outfitter makes it easy to explore the waters of Lake Keowee by kayak or paddle board. They also deliver to Lake Hartwell if your plans take you to this nearby lake. In addition to kayaks and SUPs, they offer pontoon rentals by the day or week.

Oconee Country Club Golf Course was built in 1948 on an old farmstead.

Oconee Country Club

This semi-private golf club was built in 1948 on an old farmstead just outside the city limits. By today’s standards, it’s a relatively short course but it provides plenty of challenges off the tee and approach shots to its small, undulating greens. For a different, albeit more active take on the game, try the club’s 18 holes of FootGolf.


Cross Creek Plantation

A Pete Dye-designed course , the 18-hole layout features gentle, rolling hills, meandering creeks and beautiful water features, creating a placid golf experience. It’s approximately 7,000 yards from the back tees but includes four other sets of tees to provide an enjoyable round of golf for every level of player.


Shaver Recreation Complex and Gignillat Community Center

The city's recreation department offers a variety of sports facilities in these two locations. They include seven lighted baseball/softball fields, a football field, two indoor basketball courts, two playgrounds, an 18-hole disc golf course, a nature trail and a 1.1-mile rubber-paved walking track.


Oconee Lanes

For indoor fun, head to this bowling alley, offering cosmic bowling Friday and Saturday nights.

Marie McAden
A former staffer with The Miami Herald, Marie moved to SC in 1992. She is passionate about the outdoors, and enjoys exploring the state’s many natural treasures from the Lowcountry to the Upstate.