Dominion Energy opened the public boat launch on the Irmo side of the Lake Murray dam for the 2021 recreation season on Wednesday, April 7.

In Dominion Energy’s ongoing response to the coronavirus, the beach and recreation area on the Lexington side of the Lake Murray dam will remain closed at this time. The Lake Monticello beach swim area in Fairfield County will also remain closed, although the Monticello boat launch stays open year-round. There are no fees for the Lake Monticello recreation sites.

“Dominion Energy is taking these steps to protect the health and safety of visitors to the parks and the general public,” said Billy Chastain, Dominion Energy South Carolina Manager of Lake Management. “Boaters are urged to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on social distancing and avoid gathering in groups.”

Dominion Energy will continue to evaluate the situation in South Carolina and follow guidance from health experts before any decision to reopen the parks.

Parking fees will be collected at the boat-launch area on the Irmo side of the dam from April 7 through Labor Day to partially offset the cost of maintenance, security and improvements at the parks. Fees will be $5 for all vehicles. Season passes can be purchased for $50 per vehicle.

For additional information about Lake Murray, call the Lake Management Office at 803-217-9221 or visit dominionenergy.com/lakes-and-recreation/lake-murray-sc.

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