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 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

East Lake Moultrie Trail: Duck Pond — Rated: Easy, 3-4 Miles

The area of Lake Moultrie known as the Duckpond is best accessed from the Fred Day Landing. Upon entering the lake proper from the landing, turn right and paddle in a southerly direction along the shoreline. The Duckpond will be about a half mile on your right. The initial large enclosed bay opens onto a somewhat smaller area of cypress swamp which contains abundant plant life, cypress trees and grasses and is home for numerous wading birds as well… Read More

Santee River # 1: Wilson’s Landing to HWY 52 — Rated: Very Strenuous, 25 Miles

Wilson’s Landing is located on the tailrace of the Lake Marion dam. It is accessed on Wilson’s Landing Road off of Highway 45, west of St Stephen. Being a distance of 25 miles, the Wilson’s Landing section of the Santee River is too long for a day trip and is recommended to be attempted as a two-day trip with camping overnight. This will not only lessen the demands on the paddler, it… Read More

Santee River # 2: HWY 52 to Arrowhead Landing — Rated: Strenuous, 13 Miles

The access point for the Highway 52 – Santee River trail is the Santee River Landing on Highway 52, adjacent to the Highway 52 Bridge on the Williamsburg County side of the river. The ending point is the Arrowhead Landing, which is accessed on Arrowhead Landing Road off of Highway 45, east of Saint Stephen. It will be necessary to pre-position a vehicle at Arrowhead Landing or to arrange for pickup at… Read More

Santee River # 3: Arrowhead Landing to Jamestown — Rated: Very Strenuous, 16 Miles

The Arrowhead – Santee River trail begins at Arrowhead Landing on the Rediversion Canal off of Highway 45, east of Saint Stephen. The 16 mile trail ends at Jamestown Landing adjacent to the Highway 41 Bridge. While there are no notable landmarks along this trail, it does offer numerous sand bars and small islands suitable for lunch and rest spots. Wildlife along the trail consists of numerous wading birds, such as the American… Read More

Santee River # 4: Jamestown to McConnell’s Landing — Rated: Moderate to Strenuous, 9.5 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

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

Wambaw Creek — Rated: Easy, 4 Miles

Wambaw Creek is a pretty black water tidal creek located in the Francis Marion National Forest. It meanders through the Wambaw Creek Wilderness Area created in 1980. There are two public landings providing access to the creek: Still Landing and Elmwood Landing. Still Landing is located on Forest Service Road FR 211B, and Elmwood Landing is located on Forest Service Road FR 204 adjacent to the bridge. The distance between the landings… Read More

Spiers Landing — Rated: Easy to Moderate, 3-4+ Miles

Spiers Landing is accessed by turning off of Highway 6 one half of a mile west of the Cross Fire Department #2 onto Spiers Landing Road. The paved launching facility is part of a Berkeley County Park that offers plenty of parking and easy launching. As the map of the trail shows, there are numerous islands to paddle around, as well as several miles of inviting shoreline. With Spiers Landing, one can… Read More