There’s a plethora of fishing-related lodging and RV-style camping all around the lakes—about two dozen places in all, the vast majority on Lake Marion . For a comprehensive look, go to www.santeecoopercountry.org . A lot of folks opt for vacation rentals on the lakes; go to www.lakemarionvacation.com  for more information.
A fun place to stay near the lakes is Santee State Park (251 State Park Rd., 803/854-2408, www.southcarolinaparks.com ). Ten well- furnished cabins are situated on a long pier over Lake Marion, with another 20 on the lake itself. While all are two-bedroom, sleeping a maximum of six, they run $80–120 depending on size. Call or go to the website far in advance to reserve a cabin. There are also 158 lakeside campsites ($16–18).
There are several primitive campgrounds along the Lake Moultrie Passage of the Palmetto Trail (www.palmettoconservation.org ). Remember August–December is hunting season.
Elloree has gotten quite a bit of national press for its picturesque qualities. While the exterior of the 1906 Elloree Bed and Breakfast (660 W. Hampton St., 803/897-2225, www.elloreebandb.com ) doesn’t provide the best architectural example in town, its rooms are particularly well-appointed. Jack and Cindy Lane offer two guest rooms: The Old Carolina Room ($109) is actually a suite, with a large and lovely sitting room, while the Angel Room ($89) is a bit smaller, though just as tastefully appointed.