# 4 The Jungle: E. Lake Moultrie Trail — Rated: Moderate, 4-6 Miles
Summary: The Jungle is an enclosed tupelo swamp with an appearance like the famed Okefenokee Swamp of south Georgia, but on a much smaller scale. The waters are heavily grown with water lilies, lotus plants and various grasses. There are many options for exploration on this paddle.
Difficulty: Moderate. The lilies/vegetation can be overgrown and tough to push through, but well worth the effort.
Distance: 4 – 6 miles, roundtrip, opportunity for a lot more exploration.
Time: 2.5 hours, minimum
Crowds: Light. The Jungle is not navigable by larger motor boats.
Boat Type: Kayaks or canoes 10-feet or longer. Paddle boards are not recommended.
Put In / Take Out: Amos Lee Gourdine Boat Ramp, Russel Store Road, St. Stephen, SC 29479. GPS: 33.402138, -79.992848 or 33°24’07.7”N, 79°59’34.3”W
Current: Negligible, generally southwest direction
Tidal Influence: None
Precautions: You’ll stay close to the shoreline on this route and won’t have to cross any large bodies of water. Winds can intensify on Lake Moultrie resulting in waves/whitecaps. There are hundreds of tree stumps just inches below the water’s surface, particularly the closer you get to the entrance of The Jungle. 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 most of The Jungle, water levels above 75.00 are best. Lake Moultrie Water Levels, click HERE.