Parks & Waterways

Outdoor Adventure in Kershaw County

Rectory Square Park, Camden

Plan an outdoor adventure tour in Kershaw County twelve months out of the year.

Our area has excellent fishing, boating, hunting, water skiing, walking trails, public recreation facilities, golf, sporting clays, historical walking tours, horse riding and racing events, and much more.


Both Camden City Parks and Kershaw County Parks offer beautiful green spaces and outdoor recreation areas for the public's enjoyment.

City Arena, Camden, SC

Camden City Arena

The newly renovated Camden City Arena is a popular site for sports, festivals, and events of all sizes. City Parks and the City Arena are available for public rentals. For more information, call the City of Camden's Parks and Arena Rental Coordinator at 803-432-2421.  

Lakes, Rivers & Preserves

Lake Wateree

Lake Wateree is one of the most beautiful lakes in the southeast with 242 miles of shoreline. With 14 square miles of water, Kershaw County offers a wealth of opportunity for watersports. The scenic Wateree River boasts the 80 mile-long Wateree River Blue Trail that flows from Lake Wateree to the Congaree River. 

Photos courtesy of Scott Lynch.

Wateree River

The Wateree River flows south past the City of Camden and its numerous historic sites and burial mounds. Downstream of Camden, enjoy miles of serene natural beauty.  

Kendall Lake Park 

In the heart of Camden is Kendall Lake Park, another old mill pond that offers a boat ramp and fishing. Great for kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards, travel to the lake's farthest north point and look for a variety of birds—you may even spot a heron or two.  

N.R. Goodale State Park

N. R. Goodale State Park650 Park Road, Camden

Goodale State Park is a 140-acre lake that was formerly a mill pond dating back to the Civil War. The water trail was recognized by Canoe Magazine as a "Top 25 Scenic Canoe Route" in the U.S.! The pond and creek are lush with vegetation where white water lilies bloom. 


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