Retreat Trip Options

Option 1: The Chatooganing, part 2

Float/paddle Section 2 of the Chattooga, camp at either the take out (Earls Ford) or put in (Long Bottom Ford). Long Bottom ford is where we got out of the river last time.

The Chattooga at Earls Ford.


Option 2:  Cypress Forest in Francis Marion

An out of the way camping spot on Chicken Creek (right off the Santee River) in the Francis Marion national forest. Cypress trees, fishing, beautiful spot!

A little video from my paddle on the Santee River:

My campsite on Chicken Creek. As in ON the creek.
The view from the hammock.


Back to Freshwater at Lake Hartwell

Last weekend I took a break from the salt and sun of the South Carolina low country and went to Lake Hartwell with a couple friends. The house where we stayed was situated close to a creek mouth on the northern end of the lake. A cute lake cabin with a steep driveway and everything one would expect to check all the lake cabin boxes.

We fished from the dock using minnows under a bobber. I must admit we weren’t really out there trying to slay the fishing game, as we had some floats in the water tied off to the dock for when the heat got to be a bit much. The bite was steady before noon, with one keeper sized bass and several smaller siblings stopping by for a bite. The fish (and the fishermen) took the afternoon off, with only a couple dinky bass to show for the lunch shift. They lived to dink another day.


Sooo… Maybe I Was Wrong.

Remember how I was talking about not messing with all the things? Maybe we should mess with all the things:

The Hunt For Redfish In October

To sum up, cooler waters bring redfish up into the flats to eat fiddler crabs and other delicious morsels hiding out in the grass. How does one get up in the flats to chase and catch those hungry redfish?

Option A is to find yourself a pier or dock that goes out that way. Doable, but limiting.

Option B is to put on some waders and stomp out there. Messy, but can be fun.

Option C: get your butt in a kayak and paddle.