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Indian Bluff Recreational Park offers fishing, boating and a chance to watch nature. Orangeburg County is working to find out what more it can offer at the park.

EUTAWVILLE— Scenic views of Lake Marion, wildlife and relaxation are among the offerings at the Indian Bluff Recreational Park.

Located in Eutawville, the 32-acre park offers swimming, a fishing pier, a boat ramp and hiking along various nature trails. There’s a playground and volleyball court, according to T&D archives.

No park would be complete without outdoor grills, picnic tables and the all-important restrooms, all features of the recreational park. The park also offers endless photo opportunities.

The park opened almost three decades ago and is a joint venture between Orangeburg County and Santee Cooper.

Admission to the park is free and the facility is open year-round, opening at 7 a.m. and closing at 7 p.m.

The park most recently suffered damage due to Hurricane Matthew. Restoration efforts were completed in 2018.

Orangeburg County Community Development Director Richard Hall said, “Both the fishing pier and the boarding dock were heavily damaged during Hurricane Matthew. So, using FEMA funds, we were able to rebuild both of those. Those are both fairly new, only about a year old since they’ve been redone.

“We just finished a shoreline restoration project that was also from Hurricane Matthews damage.”

Hall said that the future of the park is being discussed.

“Currently we’ve contracted with Johnson Laschober & Associates P.C. to develop a master plan for the park. We’re going to be doing some environmental studies, all of the permitting studies to figure out exactly what we can and can’t do at the park,” Hall said.

“I think council and administration would like to see the park developed, not into a commercial-type park, we like the fact that the park is a passive park, but we’d like to improve the amenities there,” Hall said.

Hall listed some possible additions to the park’s amenities, including campsites, rustic cabins and a meeting space.

“That’s kind of where we see the park going next,” he stated.

With warm weather and the summer months approaching, the traffic at the recreational park will be sure to increase.

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Bradley Harris is a Government and Sports Reporter. The Irmo, SC native is a 2018 graduate of Claflin University and recipient of the 2018 South Carolina Press Association Collegiate Journalist of the Year Award.

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