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Barnwell’s Lake Edgar Brown parking lot, boat ramp closing due to lack of use, remote location

March 08, 2024

Lake Edgar Brown’s parking lot and boat ramp at the end of Napier Road in Barnwell are permanently closing due to lack of use and its remote location, according to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR).

SCDNR’s State Lakes program is erecting an earthen berm around the site and returning the parking lot to a natural state. Construction has already begun, and the berm should be completed by Saturday, March 9.

Other boat ramps are available on Lake Edgar Brown at the north and south parking lots off of Wellington Road—which is the crossroad at the center of the lake—as well as a boat ramp at the far north end of the lake, just off of Black Road.

Lake Edgar Brown is a 100-acre lake providing largemouth bass, bluegill, shellcracker and catfish fishing. A portion of the lake is used for boating and water skiing. Lake Edgar Brown offers a boat ramp, fishing pier and is handicapped accessible.

The lake is open 24 hours a day for fishing, and the lake is open a half-hour before sunrise to a half-hour after sunset for all other allowable uses.

SCDNR’s State Lakes program offers fishing access to the public in areas of South Carolina where public fishing is often not easily available. A list and map of the 16 lakes is available at: SCDNR - State Lakes.