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    Sunday, September 20, 2020 3:30 PM 356.18 feet MSL Level is 1.82 feet below the normal high lake level of 358.00. (Full pool is 360.00 feet) source: http://murray.uslakes.info/Level/

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2019 in Review: 7 Great Things That Happened in Our Community

BY AMAYA THOMPSON
DECEMBER 30, 2019


  1. Leo’s Landing Inclusive Playground at Saluda Shoals Park
    August 24, 2019 was a historic day for our community. The Saluda Shoals Park Inclusive Playground opened. The 2-acre play area was created with all families in our community in mind. It is designed to not only meet accessibility requirements, but also “follows universal design principles to provide a place where children and adults of all abilities can play together.” Learn more about this awesome park: https://www.icrc.net/parks/saluda-shoals-park/facilities-and-rentals/leos-landing-inclusive-playground

  2. Lexington Peach Festival
    For the last sixty years, The Lexington County Peach Festival has given Lake Murray locals a day filled with delicious BBQ, volleyball tournaments, history and a firework finale. Fitting with it’s name, this event is also every peach lovers dream. With treats like peach cobbler, ice cream and tea, you can’t possible go home hungry. This annual event has more to come, next July 4th, join the fun at Gilbert Community Park, located in Gilbert, SC.
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  3. Reggaetronic Music Festival
    July hosted many of Lake Murray’s highlights this year. On the 13th the ninth annual Reggaetronic Music Festival was held, near Spence Island. Part of the experience is traveling by boat to arrive, and enjoying the rest of the time on water. This festival has showcased great diversity in Lake Murray. Those who attended jammed along to funk, electronic, reggae and rock music, surrounded by beautiful scenery. To make it even better, a percentage of the earnings were donated to the Shriner’s Children Hospital. https://www.abccolumbia.com/2019/06/28/reggaetronic-music-festival-returns-to-the-midlands/

  4. Lake Murray Sprint Triathlon
    For our activity loving residents, May was the month of our yearly Triathlon. Swimmers, cyclists and runners came together to showcase their hard work and preparation. This was no small feat; with the lake’s 750 Meter Loop, 16 Mile bike race and 5k Run, the triathletes put their stamina to the test, and put spectators on the edge of their seats. The Top Three competitors came out to be Matt Pryor, Michael Brashear, and Michael Balfe. Think your name could be among them? Sign up now at www.trisignup.com

  5. Riverbanks Zoo Receives National Award
    Natives and nonnatives alike know the name “Riverbanks Zoo”, now even more so. In May 2019, Columbia’s zoo was crowned the seventh best zoo in the continent, a major title. With it’s great reputation of cleanliness, fascinating exhibits and being cage free, it’s not hard to understand why more than one million visitors flock to this zoo each year. Ever changing, Riverbanks has welcomed many new animals to it’s family, such as lion cubs, rock-hopper penguins and a gorilla. Whether you have a big family or just yourself, plan your next day trip around one of the best zoos of North America. https://www.thestate.com/news/local/article229992864.html

  6. Lake Murray Osprey Chicks
    March through May were months of new birth in Lake Murray. Osprey couple Lucy and Ricky, gave birth to 3 chicks. The little family warmed the hearts of viewers as they watched the births being live streamed. Though we lost one of the babies since then, we still celebrate the two newest members of our wildlife. Now we wait to see what new critters next spring will bring. In case you missed it, or would like to recap the births, watch this video. https://youtu.be/FnTt18g2r38 https://www.lakemurrayosprey.com

  7. Hillinski’s Hope
    On January 16, 2018, the Hilinksi family, their friends and Gamecock community endured the loss of Tyler. Despite the shock and sadness, his family powered through and launched a foundation that would honor him, and speak for those fighting with mental health. A direct quote from the family was this: “We will fund programs that provide assistance to many that are struggling, and promote educational awareness.” This foundation has been an served as an outlet for the youth in our community, and also has reached beyond our state. If you would like to learn more visit https://hilinskishope.org