The lake, a 26-percent gas-fired hydroelectric development in South Carolina, was created in 1930 when the Saluda River was dammed. Owned by South Carolina Electric & Gas Company, the lake spans four counties of Lexington, Richland, Saluda and Newberry, in the Midlands region. Fed by the Saluda River, Lake Murray receives water from the north of the state of South Carolina, near the North Carolina state line. Located in the center of the state, Columbia is perfect for accessing some of South Carolina's best lakes.
The dam, which was 3,380 feet long, was built to operate the Wateree hydroelectric station and provide a reliable water supply to Camden and Lugoff, South Carolina. It is also owned by the South Carolina Electric and Gas Company, the same company that owns and operates Lake Murray.