# 18 Echaw Creek — Rated: Moderate, 2-2.5 Miles

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SummaryEchaw Creek is a small black water creek with tidal influence. The creek above the landing narrows quite a bit making paddling difficult about half-a-mile south of the landing. The creek below the landing widens, is deeper and is easy paddling to the Santee River.


Difficulty:  Easy to Moderate. There is a slight current and log jams can make navigating the upper part of the creek tough. Be prepared for adventure, including pulling/dragging your boat over obstacles.

Distance:  2 – 2.5 miles, best suited as exploration

Time:  2 – 3 hours

Crowds:  Light

Boat Type:  Even though just about any type of kayak or canoe will work just fine, shorter boats in the 10-ft. range will work best through some of the narrow twists, turns and log jams. Paddle boards are not recommended.

Put In / Take Out:  Pitch Landing, Forest Road 192 (off FR 151), Jamestown, SC 29453. There is signage for “Pitch Landing.” GPS: 33.246968, -79.577922 or 33°14’49.1”N, 79°34’40.5”W. If you search “Pitch Landing Echaw Creek SC,” all GPS mapping applications recognize this location.

Fees/Permits:  None

Current:  The creek’s current flows east towards the Santee River.

Tidal Influence:  Yes, there is a negligible tidal influence from the Santee River. Approximately 2.75 hours behind Charleston Harbor tide table.

Precautions:  It’s rare to see motorized boats above the landing. The biggest precaution is log jams and cypress knees right beneath the water surface. It’s advisable to wear bright orange during hunting season in the Francis Marion National Forest.

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