Dreher Island State Park

Dreher Island State Park


Area name

Dreher Island State Park

Area Location

Highway 202 south toward Little Mountain from exit 85 on I26. Turn right after 1.9 miles and turn right onto Highway 76. Travel .5 miles and turn left onto Wheeland Road. 5.9 miles to turn left on Macedonia Church Road, travel 1.3 miles to Dreher Island Road. After approximately .5 miles turn right onto State Park Road, follow State Park Road for 2.6 miles for the entrance of the park.

Area Map


Admission: $2 adults; $1.25 SC seniors; age 15 & younger free.

Hours of Operation: Monday – Sunday, dawn to dusk.

Office Hours : 8am-5pm (extended to 8 pm during peak season).



Dreher Island State Park spans three islands, 348 acres and provides access to 12 miles of Lake Murray shoreline. Visitors will find recreational water activities, nature trails and some of the best striped and large-mouth bass fishing spots, all only 30 miles from Columbia.  It has long been a popular location and launching spot for major, national fishing tournaments.

The best birding times are from December through March in this state park. 50,000-acre Lake Murray is home to the series of islands that make up Dreher Island State Park.

The causeway is a popular place to observe birds. A stop in the visitor center will yield you a map for hiking and biking trails.

Key Birds


Great Horned Owl, Hairy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Brown-headed Nuthatch.


Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Cliff Swallow, Prothonotary Warbler, Summer Tanager.


Common Loon, Horned Grebe, American Black Duck, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Merganser, Bald Eagle, Bonaparte’s gull, Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, Hermit Thrush, American Pipit.