# 15 Lower Wadboo Creek — Rated: Moderate, 3-4+ Miles
Summary: On the map, this looks like a wide, winding creek that leads to the Tailrace Canal, but it’s so much more than that! The Lower Wadboo Creek includes beautiful flora, inlets and tributaries that include swamp-like habitats and a chance to see birds of prey. Don’t underestimate the tidal influence, it can test the strongest paddlers!
Difficulty: Moderate. The biggest consideration is the tidal influence from the Tailrace Canal (Cooper River).
Distance: 3 – 4 miles, varies. Best suited as exploration of inlets and Tailrace Canal.
Time: 2 – 3 hours
Crowds: Moderate. There are almost always boaters zipping up and down the wide creek.
Boat Type: Kayaks or canoes 12-feet or longer. Paddle boards are not recommended.
Put In / Take Out: Rembert C. Dennis Landing, 1400 SC HWY 402, Moncks Corner, SC 29461. GPS: 33.195955, -79.953198 or 33°11’45.4”N, 79°57’11.5”W
Current: Flows west in the direction of the Tailrace Canal, however the tidal influence is a larger factor.
Tidal Influence: Yes, can be strong at times if paddling against the tide. Approximately 2 hours behind Charleston Harbor tide table.
Precautions: Motorized boats go up and down the Lower Wadboo all day long. Most boaters will slow down and yield to paddlers, but keep a watchful eye.
Water Level: This Blueway paddle trail is approximately 2 hours behind the Charleston tide. This can affect your effort paddling the creek. Charleston Tide Chart, click HERE. It’s also advised to check the Tailrace Canal (Cooper River) discharge rate. It should be below 5,000 cubic feet per second. Tailrace Canal Discharge Rate, click HERE.
History on the Trail: In August 1782, Brig. Gen. Francis Marion and his militiamen at Wadboo beat back a British attack. Shortly after this small battle until the British left South Carolina for good, Marion made Wadboo his headquarters.
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