# 1 Santee Canal: N. Lake Moultrie Trail — Rated: Moderate, 6.4 Miles
Summary: With its inception in 1796, the Santee Canal offers a lot for the keen history buff. One of the engineers was none other than General George Washington! The original canal was 22 miles in length, but after Lake Moultrie was formed, there remains a beautiful 2.5-mile section of the canal.
Difficulty: Moderate, due to crossing open water
Distance: 6.4 miles, round-trip
Time: 3- 4 hours, minimum
Crowds: Very light; could see boaters/anglers. Almost guaranteed not to see anyone else in the canal.
Boat Type: Kayaks or canoes 12 feet or longer. Paddle boards are not recommended.
Put In / Take Out: Angel’s Landing Marina, 1556 Viper Road, Pineville, SC 29468, 800-315-3087. GPS: 33.381196, -80.091654 or 33°22’52.3”N, 80°05’30.0
Fees/Permits: $5.00 parking fee (as of Spring 2021)
Current: Negligible, generally south direction
Tidal Influence: None
Precautions: Winds above 10 MPH can be tough for a paddler on Lake Moultrie. There is a lot of open water for wind to intensify and cause 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.
Water Level: For this Blueway paddle trail, water level is not as much of a concern until you get further up into the canal. You can float the canal, even the upper part, above 73.50. Lake Moultrie Water Levels, click HERE.
History on the Trail: The Santee Canal was one of the earliest canals built in the United States. It provided a direct water route between Charleston and Columbia. The canal was 22 miles long and it had two double locks and eight single locks.
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