Family Fun Things to Do Family Fun! Lake Murray

Discover The Water

May 3, 2019

The Saluda River and Broad River meet in a churning rush of rapids, and then combine to form the Congaree River. Kayaking, canoeing, tubing, boating and more are just a few possibilities for fun on and along the rivers.
Lake Murray is unsalted and shark-free! 50,000-acre recreational paradise located 20 minutes from downtown Columbia. Check out these rental options for kayaks, canoes, tubes and boats!

Nothing could be finer! Kayaking on Lake Murray (photo: Kathy Gardener)

Kayak, Canoe & Boat Rentals

Saluda Shoals Park
Kayaks, canoes
Canoes, single kayaks, and tandem kayaks are available for rent daily from 9am – 4pm. Rentals are on a first come first serve basis. This is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy the peaceful beauty of the Saluda River. Rentals include all necessary equipment. Minimum age requirement is 5 years or older. Boats and equipment must be returned to the boat launch by 5pm. Boats will not be rented when the river is above 2400cfs.  Call Chris McKinney at 803-213-2054 or the Saluda Shoals Park Front Desk at 803-213-2050 for more information.

Palmetto Outdoors
Offers everything your group needs to have a great day out enjoying the beautiful natural features of Columbia. Your kayak, life jackets, paddles, and shuttle are all included in the price of the Saluda Kayak Rental.

River Runner Outdoor Center
Kayaks, canoes, SUP’s
KAYAKS (single and double) and CANOES rent for $40 for the first day and $20 for each additional day/ Advanced fishing kayaks and pedal-driven kayaks and SUP’s are are $75 the first day and $25 each additional day.

AquaFun Boat Rentals & Tours LLC
Pontoon boats, jet-skis, kayaks, paddle boards

Sesquicentennial State Park
Canoes, kayaks, pedal boat, boat rentals
Canoes and kayaks are available for rent on a seasonal basis. Rentals include life jackets and paddles. Fees for rentals are $5/hour or $25/day.

Better Boating
Pontoon boats, ski boats, kayaks, pedal boats, paddle boards
Features Bic Ace-Tec Paddleboards / Ocean Scrambler XT Kayaks

Lake Murray Boat Rentals
Pontoon boats
Offers a one day free tube rental with each pontoon rental booking

Adventure Carolina
Kayak & canoes
Columbia’s most friendly and complete outdoor outfitter – Guided Congaree River Tour: Mostly a flat water paddle makes this a perfect float for the beginners as well as the most affluent kayakers. Reservations required.  

Fishing Guides

Taylor Outdoors
Striped bass & crappie
Offers bowfishing trips and alligator hunts (only for tag holders during the designated season) for those with an adventurous side!

Sunrise Fishing Guide Service
Striped bass
Offers guided striper fishing trips for every level of fisherman or fisherwoman!

Jason Bennett Fishing Guide Service
Striped bass & catfish
Full Service Outfitter providing all rods and tackle;
SC Fishing license or non-residence license required;
Day or Evening Trips available

Captain Mike – Lake Murray Guide
Striped bass
8 Hour Guided Fishing Trip; 4 1/2 Hours Guided Fishing Trip; Filleting Catch and more.

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