Lake Murray Homes

Creighton Edmonds, Lake Murray Real Estate Specialist
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

 Frequently Asked Questions About Lake Murray 

  1. Are there any guidelines about docks?

  2. What is SCE&G's role on Lake Murray?

  3. What is a/the "drawdown"?

  4. What is a Lett System?

  5. Why do some real estate listings say "Water-Seasonal" or "Water-Year round"?

  6. What is the 75 Foot Setback Area/Vegetative Buffer Zone?

  7. What is the 360' contour line?

  8. Is the lake deep enough to sail on?

  9. Does the lake freeze over in the winter?

  10. Are there alligators in Lake Murray?




  1. Are there any guidelines about docks?

    Yes. SCE&G issues dock permits and thus maintains very specific guidelines pertaining to dock construction and placement. For more information contact SCE&G.

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  2. What is SCE&G's role on Lake Murray?

    Lake Murray is a source of hydro-elctric power, and as such, SCE&G (South Carolina Electric & Gas) manages land use and shoreline issues around the lake. This includes dock permits, development related issues and more.

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  3. What is a/the "drawdown"?

    SCE&G conducts a planned “drawdown” each year in early fall. This results in a lowering of Lake Murray’s water level. The drawdown is conducted in preparation of late winter and early spring rainfall. It also serves certain ecological benefits resulting in a healthier lake environment. The drawdown is usually gradual at about a foot per month with the total drop usually being between 4 and 8 feet.

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  4. What is a Lett System?

    A Lett System is a type of residential sewage system that has a septic tank but no drain field. Alternately, the waste is pumped to the municipal line.

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  5. Why do some real estate listings on Lake Murray say "Water-Seasonal" or "Water-Year round"?

    During a "drawdown" some properties will not have water frontage. Planned drawdowns are usually only during autumn or early winter. (Click here to find out more about water depth quality evaluation.)

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  6. What is the 75 Foot Setback Area/Vegetative Buffer Zone?

    On some waterfront property, there may be a 75 foot setback area from the 360 foot contour line inland where SCE&G retains ownership of the land within that area. These areas have use restrictions pertaining to its alteration and clearing. Contact SCE&G Lake Management for more information

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  7. What is the 360' contour line?

    The 360' contour line represents the normal high pool elevation of the lake. SCE&G retains ownership of the land below the 360' contour line and has use restrictions pertaining to its alteration and clearing.

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  8. Is the lake deep enough to sail on?

    Yes, and sail clubs regularly meet for hobby and competition.

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  9. Does the lake freeze over in the winter?

    No. It doesn't get cold enough for that to happen.

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  10. Are there alligators in Lake Murray?

    Rest easy - the answer is no.

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