# 12 Santee River 4: Jamestown to McConnell’s Landing — Rated: Moderate, 11 Miles

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Summary:  This is a pretty section of the Santee River. It ranges from 50 yards in width to a little over 100 yards. It is bordered by uninhabited high bluffs and cypress swamps. Much of it is bordered on the right side by the Francis Marion National Forest, and you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Battery Warren, a Civil War-era fort built to protect a railroad bridge. 


Difficulty:  Moderate, due to distance

Distance:  11 miles

Time:  4 – 5 hours

Crowds:  Heavy. The Jamestown Landing and this section of the river is used heavily by motorized boats; however, the river is wide enough where you shouldn’t be affected. You’re likely not to see many other paddlers on this trip.

Boat Type:  Kayaks or canoes 12-feet or longer. Paddle boards are not recommended.


NOTE: Requires staging 2 vehicles or arranging pickup!


Put In:  Jamestown Landing, US-17/41 ALT, Jamestown, SC 29453. GPS: 33.303510, -79.679659 or 33°18’12.6”N, 79°40’46.8”W

Take Out:  McConnell’s Landing (note: some mapping/GPS applications call this “Pleasant Hill Landing), Forest Service Road 204-F, Jamestown, SC 29453. GPS: 33.244908, -79.520938 or 33°14’41.7”N, 79°31’15.4”W


Fees/Permits:  None

Current:  Flows downriver in a southeast direction.

Tidal Influence:  Yes, tide is approximately 3 hours behind Charleston Harbor tide table.

Precautions:  Motorized boats near Jamestown. While normally not a problem for paddlers, dam water releases could inundate sandbars. Call 800-925-2537 for scheduled releases. It’s advisable to wear bright orange during hunting season in the Francis Marion National Forest.

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