# 7 The Hatchery: W. Lake Moultrie — Rated: Easy to Moderate, 3+ Miles

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Summary:  The Hatchery, or sometimes called “Pinopolis Pool” by locals, is a 2,200+ acre Department of Natural Resources protected Waterfowl Management Area. It’s somewhat contained by a series of old dikes and many small islands. This paddle offers anything from a couple hours of enjoyment to an all-day adventure – there’s lots to see! Wildlife includes wading birds, song birds and small game. It offers some of the best fishing around.


Difficulty:  Easy to moderate

Distance:  3 miles, round-trip, and exploration available

Time:  2 – 2.5 hours

Crowds:  Moderate. You’re almost guaranteed to see boaters/anglers, and you’ll probably see other paddlers on the weekends.

Boat Type:  Kayaks or canoes 10 feet or longer. Paddle boards are not recommended.

Put In / Take Out:  Hatchery Wildlife Management Area, State Road S-8-802, Pinopolis, SC 29469. GPS: 33.268503, -80.103042 or 33°16’06.6”N, 80°06’11.0”W

Fees/Permits:  None

Current:  Negligible, generally south direction

Tidal Influence:  None

Precautions:  You’ll have protection from some winds with a few islands and dikes, however, there are plenty of open spaces in The Hatchery where winds can intensify resulting in waves/whitecaps. There are hundreds of tree stumps just inches below the water’s surface. These can flip a paddler if a boat gets wedged on top. Tip: these stumps can usually be seen with polarized sunglasses. It’s advisable to wear bright orange during hunting season.

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