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Lake Greenwood State Recreation Area, Ninety Six, South Carolina

Date of Stay: July, 2009 - $16.00
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This is a classic CCC-era State Park that is located on a beautiful lake. We saw bald eagles and ospreys over the lake. Unfortunately this park is falling victim to negligent management by the park rangers and administration. During my family's one week stay, we never saw a ranger at all, even when visiting the park office. The office was manned by a teenaged volunteer and the campground was managed by a volunteer host. There seems to be a policy of total anarchy, with the campers left to do as they wish. The lake was very nice and fairly clean, and the sites all have shade. In the campgrounds there is significant erosion everywhere, lots of litter blowing around, the bathrooms were only cleaned once a day and were somewhat run-down and in disrepair. Crowds of unsupervised young children and teenagers were roaming everywhere. There were loud motorcycles and vehicles with boom boxes. Fishheads on the beach in front of our campsite daily from the neighbors 4 sites up cleaning their fish and throwing the waste back into the lake. There were golf carts driving off-road all over the park and cruising around until late at night. There were loud radios and bright lights on all night, barking dogs in almost every campsite, grey water being dumped directly from trailers, fleets of pontoon boats parked directly in front of our campsite blocking our access to the lake, rowdy dangerous boaters towing skiers through kids and flocks of ducks in 3 feet of water next to the bank, jet skis blasting around in circles 15 hours a day in front of the campsites making conversation nearly impossible, boat trailers and vehicles parked on the grass blocking trails to restrooms, etc. All of this combined to make this a less than enjoyable visit. If this campground was managed by the US Corps of Engineers none of this would be tolerated. By the end of the week I was about ready to call the park rangers, the local sheriff, the game warden, animal control and the EPA! We camped at Lake Greenwood State Recreation Area in a Tent Trailer.

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