# 8 Duckpond: W. Lake Moultrie — Rated: Easy, 2.5 – 3 Miles
Summary: The area of Lake Moultrie known as the Duckpond is a large enclosed bay that opens to a smaller area of a cypress swamp that contains abundant wildlife, cypress and tupelo trees, and tall grasses. It is home to numerous wading birds, as well as large osprey and bald eagles. About midway between the boat ramp and the Duckpond is a nice sandy beach that can even be used for primitive camping!
Distance: 2.5 – 3 miles, roundtrip, varies based on exploration
Time: 1.5 – 2.5 hours
Crowds: Moderate. The area can be popular with anglers.
Boat Type: Kayaks or canoes 10 feet or longer. Paddle boards are not recommended.
Put In / Take Out: Fred L. Day Boat Ramp, Boat Landing Way, Cross, SC 29436. GPS: 33.295429, -80.156345 or 33°17’43.5”N, 80°09’22.8”W
Current: Negligible, generally south direction
Tidal Influence: None
Precautions: You’ll have protection from some winds once you reach the Duckpond, however, if winds are above 10 MPH expect some waves and whitecaps on the paddle to the area. There are many 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.
Water Level: For this Blueway paddle trail, in order to explore the back, smaller cove of The Duck Pond (where the wildlife is), water levels above 75.00 are best. You can explore the large front cove above 74.5. For Lake Moultrie Water Levels, click HERE.
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