Destination guide

Have a monster vacation rental at Lake Marion

Hold on tight, this is the big one. The largest lake in South Carolina, at 110,000 acres, with hundreds of miles of handsome, tree-dotted shoreline, Lake Marion is a monster - and it's not the only one about. Its deeps are full of the biggest fish in the state, just waiting to be hauled out on the end of a line. With a Lake Marion vacation rental, the lakeside living is easy, and while water activities take center stage, you don't have to get your feet wet if you don't want to. Plus there's the resort-town charm of nearby Santee.

Things to do

See you later, alligator

Out of the water, it's all about the state parks and the awesome wildlife refuges. The best-known is Santee State Park. Covering 2,500 acres, it's got nature trails for the grown-ups, and playgrounds to keep the kids out of trouble. Take one of their wildlife tours and you might even see an alligator or two. And if your favourite quarry comes with wings on, nearby Santee National Wildlife Refuge is going to be your personal paradise - with its walking trails and visitor center, it's one of the best places in the eastern US to spot migratory birds.


What lies beneath

A good chunk of folk are drawn to Lake Marion by the promise of what lies underneath its surface. We're talking giant catfish, largemouth bass (the biggest in the state) and bream, among others. If you love to live the life aquatic, then a Lake Marion vacation rental is for you. Swim, fish, paddleboard or take a pontoon boat tour. And there's just as much going down off the water. The surrounding reserves and wetlands are wildlife heaven. Hike or bike the many miles of trails, golf at the lakeside courses, or just kick back on the beach.


In the summertime, when the weather is high

You can leave the furry boots and snowshoes at home when you come on your Lake Marion vacation rental. Blink and you might miss the winter round here. As you laze by the lake during the long summer, the weather is likely to be hot and a bit humid, with a nice subtropical climate to warm your bones through. The one thing you might have to watch out for is the rain. Lake Marion gets a bit more than average, with the risk of an occasional downpour. But then something has to keep those wetlands wet, after all.

Natural features

The Noah's Ark of the eastern U.S.

It all kicked off in the 1940s, when 110,000-acre Lake Marion was created through the construction of the 8-mile Santee Dam. And if the scale of that blows your mind, there's more to come. Straddling 5 counties, it's bursting at the seams with wildlife thanks to its wide range of habitats. Flooded cypress forests, shallow swamps and blackwater ponds are home to a dizzying array of plants, fish, birds (especially raptors) and mammals. And of course, there are also the amphibians - if you want to see alligators, Lake Marion is the place to try your luck.

Where to stay around Lake Marion?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 56 vacation rentals near Lake Marion. From 8 Cabins to 38 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lake Marion for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Lake Marion?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake Marion. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Santee: 54 vacation rentals
  • Manning: 48 vacation rentals
  • Coastal South Carolina: 26,775 vacation rentals
  • Eutawville: 26 vacation rentals
  • Santee State Park: 56 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Lake Marion! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Lake Marion?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake Marion:

  • Santee: 54 rentals
  • Manning: 48 rentals
  • Eutawville: 26 rentals
  • Ridgeville: 74 rentals
  • Pineville: 48 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.