Lakefront Facts and Resources - MOST LAKE GREENWOOD BUYERS ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE LAKE AND ASK MANY QUESTIONS. SOME OF THE MOST POPULAR ARE REGARDING WATER LEVELS, OWNERSHIP OF THE LAKE, RESTRICTIONS OF THE DIFFERENT AREAS AND COMMUNITIES, FISHING, TAXES, RULES FOR BUILDING DOCKS AND WHO OWNS THE DOCK, FLOODING, WATERFRONT SETBACKS, AND MUCH MORE.
Lake Greenwood was created between 1935 and 1940 by the construction of the Buzzard's Roost Dam near Chappels, SC, a hydroelectric dam across the Saluda River.
Lake Greenwood offers 212 miles of shoreline and 11,400 acres.
The lake spans about The Reedy River and joins the Saluda River at Lake Greenwood.
Lake Greenwood is governed by Greenwood County and is not an Army Corp Of Engineer Lake.
You own your property up to the lake bed (or the 440 line), not lease it.
Private docks and seawalls are allowed (with a permit) on most property except for those few in Habitat Restricted areas.
Lake Greenwood is great for freshwater fish including Largemouth Bass, Blue Gill, Crappie, Pearch, Stripers, Channel Cats, Blue Cats, and Mud Cats. Click here to be redirected to SC Fishing Reports.
Boating, water sports, jet ski's, sail boats, and all other watercraft is permitted on Lake Greenwood as of January 2009.
Camping sites are available in all 3 counties bordering Lake Greenwood.
There are gas stations, food establishments, and bars available to boaters on the lake.
There are Free public lake access locations and several paid ones available.
The Greenwood State Park is open to the public. Situated on the western shore of Lake Greenwood. It's a 915 acre State Park with family and primitive campsites, a trading post and tackle shop, nature trails, playground areas, a recreation building, three public boat ramps, and picnic areas.
SC DNR does patrol the lake, so make sure to abide by the laws- wear your life jackets when applicable, check your lights if you will be out past dark, have your floatation device on board, keep your boat stocked with safety supplies and a whistle, make sure your horn works, NO GLASS BOTTLES allowed, DO NOT LITTER, slow down in No Wake Zones, and make sure all your stickers are up to date.
Greenwood County will adjust water levels if necessary.