East Lake Moultrie Trail: Coon Island — Rated: Moderate, 7 Miles

Coon Island, in addition to sheltering Dennis’s Pasture and the Jungle from our predominantly southerly winds, also is an excellent location for primitive camping. It has a very nice beach front on its southern exposure as well as ample high ground for camping. Camping is permitted on a first come, first served basis and the area is large enough to support a number of campers. The stump field at the eastern most end of the island provides excellent fishing… Read More

East Lake Moultrie Trail: The Jungle — Rated: Moderate, 5-7 Miles

You can enter “The Jungle” through an easily discerned opening about 1.4 miles south of the Henderson Guerry Landing. A paddle of about one mile to the north of the “The Jungle” will bring you to the black water canal that parallels the dike. “The Jungle” is an enclosed Tupelo swamp presenting an appearance much like the famed Okefenokee Swamp of Georgia, albeit on a smaller scale. The Jungle offers paddlers anywhere… Read More

East Lake Moultrie Trail: The Hatchery — Rated: Moderate, 3-4 Miles

The Hatchery, or Pinopolis Pool as it is sometimes known, provides an easily accessed and reasonably well protected area for paddlers. The 2,254 acres provides an area largely enclosed by dikes and containing numerous small islands as well as canals along much of the dike. The shallow stump fields of the central and eastern portion provide excellent largemouth bass fisheries and the north shore of the main canal is a very popular and productive fishery for bluegills and speckled perch… Read More

Santee River # 4: Jamestown to McConnell’s Landing — Rated: Moderate to Strenuous, 11 Miles

The Jamestown section of the Santee River begins at the Highway 41 Bridge, about one and one half miles from the intersection of Highway 41 and US 17 Alternate. A suitable takeout would be McConnell’s Landing about 9 and one half miles downstream. It will be necessary to position a vehicle at McConnell’s Landing or to make arrangements for someone to pick you up at that location. The Jamestown section of the… Read More

Goose Creek Reservoir — Rated: Easy to Moderate, Varies, 2-5+ Miles

The Goose Creek Reservoir is a 600 acre impoundment located in lower Berkeley County. It can be accessed at the John R. Bettis Landing off of Mabeline Road adjacent to the Trident Technical College campus on Rivers Avenue. At the end of Mabeline Road, turn right and continue one block to the Hanahan Ball Field. The John R. Bettis Landing is located adjacent to the ball field. It is a paved landing… Read More

Upper Wadboo Creek — Rated: Moderate, 5 Miles

The upper section of the Wadboo Creek is accessed from the Henry Brown Bridge on the Palmetto Trail. To do so, take US 52 West from Moncks Corner to the US 17 Alternate turnoff toward Jamestown. Follow US 17 Alternate for 4.1 miles, and turn right into the Francis Marion National Forest at the Wadboo Paddle Trail sign. Travel 1 mile until the road ends, where an easily discerned section of the… Read More

Lower Wadboo Creek — Rated: Moderate, 3-4+ Miles

The lower section of the Wadboo Creek extends from the Rembert C. Dennis Landing on Highway 402 to the Tailrace Canal. The tides are approximately two and half to three hours behind Charleston Harbor tides.  The lower section of the Wadboo Creek is generally of a swampy nature, with much cypress and some tupelo growth evident. You will see a number of inlets into the creek from rice farming, which was once common… Read More

Echaw Creek — Rated: Moderate, 5-6 Miles

Echaw Creek is a small black water creek with tidal influence. It is accessed from Pitch Landing on Forest Service Road FS192. Echaw Creek above Pitch Landing narrows, making it for difficult paddling about a half of a mile south of the landing. The tides are approximately two and half to three hours behind Charleston Harbor tides.  To the north, you can paddle several miles to the Santee River. At this point, you… Read More

Chicken Creek — Rated: Moderate, 9.1 Miles

Chicken Creek is accessed by launching at McConnell’s Landing on McConnell’s Landing Road, off of Forest Service Road 204B in the Francis Marion National Forest. Paddle about 4 miles down the Santee River from the landing, until you reach the mouth of Chicken Creek, on the right hand side of the river. You can consult the accompanying map to help identify the creek entrance. The trip paddled as described is 8.2 miles. As… Read More

Durham Creek — Rated: Moderate, 7.8 Miles

Back River is accessed from Durham Creek Landing on Cypress Gardens Road, adjacent to the highway bridge. Upon launching, you will paddle to the east – under the highway bridge and the railroad trestle just beyond. The tides are approximately three hours behind Charleston Harbor tides.  You can paddle these backwaters for a distance of approximately 3 miles before it narrows to little more than a ditch. Two miles after entering the creek,… Read More