Santee State Park serves as headquarters for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers of all kinds from its ideal location near Interstates 95 and 26 on Lake Marion in the nationally known Santee Cooper Country.
The 2,500-acre park opened in 1949. Santee State Park is in Orangeburg County on the south shore of Lake Marion, one of the two Santee Cooper lakes (along with Lake Moultrie) that were created when more than 100,000 acres were flooded for electric power.
Lake Marion?s flooded forest is across from the park, just one of the natural attractions that make the area a national draw for anglers (landlocked striped bass fishing was born on the Santee Cooper lakes) and other sportsmen as well as bird watchers, swamp lovers and boaters under power and sail.
General Directions: Off SC 6, three miles northwest of Santee and I-95.
Driving Directions: From I-95: take exit 98 to Hwy 6 toward Elloree, the park is located 1 mi. W. of the town of Santee. From Columbia: Take I-26 to Hwy 6, exit 136, travel through St. Matthews, continue on Hwy 6 for approximately 15 mile to Elloree and follow signs.