Lake Moultrie – Berkeley County, South Carolina


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The evening sets over Lake Moultrie in Berkeley County. Named for governor and Revolutionary War hero William Moultrie, the lake was created in the early 1940s by Santee-Cooper. It covers 60,400 acres of land and is 14 miles across at its widest point.

Todd Hicks of Moncks Corner, 2008 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The lake is famous for its fish, having produced several world records. Because Lake Moultrie doesn’t ice over during the winter, it is a favorite year-round destination for fishers. You can access the lake through public boat ramps or by the Palmetto Trail, which winds around the lake’s dike system.

Lake Moultrie Berkeley County

Robin Seaburyof Goose Creek, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Lake Moultrie is connected to its neighbor Lake Marion by the Diversion Canal. Many visitors enjoy Lake Moultrie by picnicking at scenic Overton Park, or hiking and biking in the Sandy Beach Wildlife Management Area.

Though now widely enjoyed, Lake Moultrie was once the site of much heartache. All told, its construction destroyed at least 40 historic sites and a dozen churches.

Somerset Point


The area of Lake Moultrie known as Somerset Point is a park and reserve for Santee-Cooper employees. It also includes a campground and fishing access. The park is likely named for Somerset Plantation, a former Pinopolis home that once stood near this spot but was submerged when Lake Moultrie was built.

Somerset Point Lake Moultrie

Gregg Turbeville of Myrtle Beach, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The land on which Somerset Plantation sat was originally owned by the first Baptist minister to South Carolina, Reverend William Screven, who arrived from Maine in 1696.

Somerset Point Pinopolis

Chris McNeil of Summerville, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

He named the property after his birthplace in England and received it as a grant from John Stuart, original owner of Wampee Plantation. Somerset Plantation was subdivided from Wampee.

Somerset Point

Gregg Turbeville of Myrtle Beach, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Atkins Landing


Atkins Landing provides lake denizens another boat landing where one can fish, swim, camp, or just enjoy the beautiful view.

Atkins Landing

Donnie Smith © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

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One Comment about Lake Moultrie

Dee BondNo Gravatar says:
May 31st, 2014 at 10:00 am

We are about to lose one of our historic sites here – “Atkins Landing” will cease to exist after August 2014. It is so sad that an entire community/county could let this family and landmark slip away without even the slightest mention or concern. Not only has the family suffered tragic family loss, but now also the family legacy and home.






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