Eclipse Could Bring 150-200K to Lake Murray

With a clear shot to the sky and stunning lake views, Lake Murray is no doubt a hot spot for the Eclipse. But how many people are going to actually show up and what's law enforcement ready for?

Chapin, SC (WLTX) - Millions of Americans are gearing up to look to the skies again, with hundreds of thousands of those coming to the Midlands. 

And with a clear shot to the sky and stunning water views Lake Murray is no doubt a hot spot for the eclipse. But how many people are going to actually show up, and what's law enforcement ready for?

The Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism board is expecting upwards of 150-200 thousand people for the Eclipse.

They have a couple things to attract people:

On the ground, both park sites on Lake Murray Dam will be open but it's first come first serve basis. The Lexington side is opening at 11 a.m. and the Irmo side at 8:30 a.m. The capacity for that is 600 cars total.
 
That's not counting the house parties and restaurants around the Lake too. The tourism group knows of at least 6 house parties that are expecting 500-600 people each.
 
On the water, Dark In The Park on Dreher Island State Park already has 200 reserved spots. Not to mention the 22 boat ramps on Lake Murray available to the public throughout the lake.
 
For that, there's no way in telling how many boats will show up. 
 
Law enforcement is treating it like a 4th of July. Last year, the tourism group says they had 110,000 people out there for the holiday. Remember, for the eclipse they're expecting 150-200 thousand.
 
There will be a few law enforcement agencies out there. The Lexington County Sheriff's Department is planning to have 2-3 boats patrolling (each with a deputy and paramedic), DNR is assigning 10 boats to the lake
and Richland County will have Marine Patrols out there too.
 
With 650 miles of shoreline and people in and out of the water,  only time will tell if Lake Murray was ready for the total eclipse of the sun.

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