Dreher Island Vacation

We’re back from an absolutely wonderful and relaxing vacation.  In the past we usually take our vacation after the public schools are back in session to avoid the crowds, but this year we went early. We also usually go to Myrtle Beach State Park but we thought we’d try something different this year. Only an hour and a half away from home there is a state park on Lake Murray called Dreher Island State Recreation Area.  Situated on 3 islands joined by a causeway and two bridges, this was a fabulous place.  There are a large number of sites directly on the water’s shore.  We were able to walk down a hill right to the water to swim and fish. 

The lake bottom was a bit rocky and then mucky a ways out so after getting in to escape temperatures in the 90’s, we used floats to enjoy the warm, yet cooling pleasures of the lake. 

The kids are now old enough to fend for themselves quite a bit, adding to the relaxing atmosphere. 

Campfires, smore’s, and great conversation enhanced the stillness of the evenings.  

My husband tended to some of the cooking chores.And my daughter made her great pancakes for breakfast one morning.

My oldest and his girlfriend were able to join us for the night Monday.  We had an added surprise when my parents made a visit on Monday also.  It was wonderful to have so much family together enjoying the serenity and beauty that surrounded us.  We saw all kinds of wildlife; Great Blue heron, red-cockaded woodpecker, cardinals, blue jays, mourning doves, and many other bird species. We also saw painted turtles,ground skink, garfish, and we had several fun encounters with squirrel and deer.  I can’t remember the last time we felt so relaxed and unhurried by the going here and going there of other vacations. We spent everyday just enjoying the simple pleasures. We are definitely planning on another visit to this peaceful park.

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7 Responses to Dreher Island Vacation

  1. Anonymous says:

    Love the pictures — looks like y'all had a good time. But it's good to be home I bet. anissa


  2. 4sweetums says:

    Welcome back! It looks like it was a stunning vacation.



  3. lahbluebonnet says:

    How delightful! Welcome back!



  4. CrossView says:

    Looks like fun! Even better when they get old enough to watch themselves more and even cook! =D

  5. ReviewsbyHeidi says:

    That looks like SO MUCH FUN! I loved seeing all the pictures. It was good to see some with YOU in them. I often find myself behind the camera, then get home and realize there are no pictures of me. Since Ashley's taking pictures now, though, that seems to be more balanced.

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. lcourtneymom says:

    We've had several people recommend this area to us for camping. We're still sort of easing into it, and we usually only go to Andrew Jackson State park because it is close to home. 🙂 But maybe we'll have to check this out.

  7. Michelle122161 says:

    We haven't been camping in years.

    Well, except for our Boyscout who goes every month.

    We camp in the old fashioned tent.

    Hmmm…Maybe we could meet up at

    `Dreher Island State Recreation Area` sometime.

    We live in GA.

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