Old 96 District Lakes-Part of SC’s Freshwater Coast

Lake Greenwood-Aerial Shot

Old 96 District Lakes-Part of SC’s Freshwater Coast

These days, South Carolina’s famous beaches aren’t the only water attraction in the state. The Savannah River and other lakes form the border between South Carolina and Georgia, and the Old 96 District is smack in the middle. Three of the district’s five counties line this coast: Abbeville, McCormick and Edgefield.

Abbeville County is home to Richard B. Russell Lake, a part of the Army Corps of Engineers’ lakes. Lake Russell, with over 26,000 acres of water, is perfect for watersports as well as fishing. Largemouth bass, bream, crappie, catfish, trout and bluegill all call this lake home.

Just downstream in McCormick County is J. Strom Thurmond Lake. Named for J. Strom Thurmond, native son of Edgefield, SC, and the longest-serving U.S. senator, Lake Thurmond is the Army Corps of Engineers’ largest project east of the Mississippi River. The fish are in abundance here as well, with white-striped and hybrid bass, largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill inhabiting the 71,000 acre lake.

Lake Greenwood, along the border of Greenwood and Laurens counties, provides 11,400 acres of water for striped bass, crappie and largemouth bass. Other lakes in the Old 96 District include Lake Secession in Abbeville and Lake Rabon in Laurens County. The rivers in the area, including the Savannah and Saluda rivers, also provide excellent opportunities for watersports like canoeing and kayaking.