July 26, 2023 - reviewed by Bob Zick
Lake Shore Campground
Stayed for 3 nights at Lake Shore Campground site 95 by the water. Great views of the lake. Sure was tight to get into, but manageable with a 20' Micro Minnie. LOTS of shade throughout the campground. Good space between sites
Roads are not the best but passable.
Restrooms are original, but well kept and functional with AC.
It was not busy at all, probably cause weather was hot.
Very friendly in the Ranger station and store. Ranger station has a sitting room with campground history (pictures, artifacts). Recommend to visit!
April 16, 2023 - reviewed by KBW
A Nice State Park
We stayed 3 nights at Santee the last week of March. There are 2 campgrounds in the park. After reading other entries about them, we booked a site at the Cypress campground. The sites were level, well shaded, accommodating to larger rigs, and not stacked on top of each other. The roadways in this campground was paved and in good repair. Bathhouses were a little dated, small, but clean and comfortable. We rode down to the lakeside CG, and were surprised at the difference. That CG was larger, well shaded as well, but the road conditions were absolutely terrible. This SP is convenient to I95, Congaree NP as well as Sumter SC.
June 17, 2022 - reviewed by Brnthumbinfl
Second time we've stayed here. It's a good park. Well maintained. Bathrooms are older but clean.
December 30, 2021 - reviewed by 5turkeys
Rustic with W/E
We stayed in #115 Lakeside CG. Wouldn’t have been able to back in traditionally as trees and roads made it impossible. However, there is a loose regard as to where you park your rig on your site and we were able to manage just fine. Although site not officially a pull-thru, Ranger told us to do so. Park has started to do some work as some sites had fresh gravel pads put in, but many still need it badly including #115 and connecting road that have erosion gully’s forming. Had low expectations going in so was not disappointed. We are set up for BLM and dispersed camping so not fazed, but if we were a big rig or million $$ motor coach I wouldn’t be happy. One tip is to review some YouTube videos that have been posted to give you a feel for what you are signing up for. Great bike trail, lots of geocaching, beautiful setting both on the water and in the forests. We will be back, just bring lots of leveling boards and take the road SLOW.
November 8, 2021 - reviewed by Roc
Agree With both Stich & Doyle
I will not return because there are better places to camp, with more amenities, for the money. The roads need help. Especially, the one to the Lakeshore camping area. It was like going off-roading the whole way back! There is no Wifi at the campgrounds. You have to go to the office or store for it! The bathhouse is dated and not heated. Stayed here in November with 40° temperatures.
October 3, 2021 - reviewed by JDS
There are two campgrounds at this park. The Cypress and Lakeside. Cypress is a nice campground with paves roads, even campsites, lake views, a playground, the store. Very nice. The Lakeside campground is about 4 miles down an uneven and mostly unpaved rough road. No amenities, to include a trash dumpster close by. You have to go to the entrance of the campground to throw your trash. Our site was very uneven and had exposed tree roots. The roads throughout the campground had deep ruts due to water drainage. There are no full hookups in this campground. The bathrooms are dated, but are mostly clean. We would not stay here again unless we were able to get a site in the Cypress campground.
April 30, 2021 - reviewed by Susan
Nice State Park
Stayed for 2 nights at Cypress View side. Tall pines. Electric and water hookup. Reserved online and went directly to our site. Dated restrooms, but clean. Big sites. Road into campground was paved and not a problem. Easy access to town of Santee for anything you need. Went to Lake House for a great dinner!
November 3, 2020 - reviewed by TwoTsinaPod
Spacious And Private
Sites. We stayed on the Cypress side site 47.....it was fabulous!!! Lake view, level gravel sites and quiet. The dump site was clean and easy to access. Bathrooms were dated but spotless. Bike trail was easy but a lot of fun....saw a lot of white tailed deer.
September 15, 2020 - reviewed by Ramblin Roger
Site 42. Nice easy back in across the street from lake gravel and Shade trees 38.00
July 7, 2019 - reviewed by Reggie
Stayed for a few days on the way to Disney. Average State Park campground. Not great and not terrible. It's cheap so hard to gripe about not being above average. Bathrooms were below average. Would stay again but wouldn't go out of my way.
March 18, 2019 - reviewed by Stt
Nice State Park
Stayed here twice before. Very well-maintained. Showers are a little bit old need to be redone but but adequate. There is Cypress campground which is newer and in very good shape paved roads gravel sites. The lakeshore campground is very old smaller sites rough dirt roads no gravel sites. Dump station at each campground. Cyprus sites are far apart typical state park. Will come back. Boat ramp down the street. Stay in the cypress campground side. They also have 22 two bedroom round cabins on the lake which can be rented
November 19, 2018 - reviewed by Melissa
I Love Camping..glamping
This campground is spectacular. Its a beautiful state park. And the sunset was pretty. I'm happy when parks are clean. People are kind. And nature is around me. Met my expectations for sure
April 23, 2018 - reviewed by Gypsy Queen
Cypress View Campground
Wonderful staff, clean and friendly park. Family of 5 stayed 3 nights with 4 dogs. Walked Trail Head, Kayaked Lake Marion, explored beach area on lake as well, borrowed DVDs and board games for night at office. Quiet friendly campers all around. Helpful and respectful. Camp host was a great guy I hope we see again as well. Bathrooms were cleaned twice a day and are the cleanest we have been to. Kid and dog friendly, many had preschool age and played safely all over camp area. No complaints with this park. We will be back many times in our future journey. This place felt as comfortable as home.
March 30, 2018 - reviewed by Doyle
First time camping where I wanted a refund. The pot holes going into the camping area are real. Go slow! The blue bike trail is totally unusable. Too many trees down across the trail. Not sure what is going on here as South Carolina has some great parks but not this one. Best thing is to close it and repair it. Avoid until this park is updated.
November 10, 2017 - reviewed by Stitch
So Much Potential
This is a park that could be great. If it were not for the poor condition of this campground it be a great place to camp. The lake and fishing is fantastic. I just wish they would update the roads, sites, and bath houses.
June 25, 2017 - reviewed by Brnthumbinfl
The Google reviews weren't good, for a good reason. We wanted a State Park for a mid trip stop. We stayed in the bigger lakeside loop. Sites were ok. Bathrooms bad. Old and dirty. The campground roads are tough. Lots of pot holes. Can't say it's a destination spot.
January 18, 2017 - reviewed by Plonski
Main camp closed for remodel. Beautiful art work and nature center. Cabins over or next to water. We were sent to large camp area next to lake. Sites a little ruff but looks like storm damage. Still nice and sandy great views. Would stay again
November 15, 2015 - reviewed by Elle
This park is very pretty underneath very tall pines. The campsites were covered in long pine needles when we were there in the spring. You can ride your bike down to the dock through the parking lot, also down a paved road to where the cabins are located.
We had a group of deer visit morning and evening. The lake/river is a great view from the sites along the water as you are up on a 30ft ridge looking out.
This campground is about 10-15 minutes off the I-95, inland.