Santee River Paddle

I’m seeing a couple possibilities here for a overnight paddle and camp trip. The first one is just heading straight down the main body of the Santee river starting at Jamestown, SC.

Day 1: Echaw Creek-McConnell’s Landing

Day 2: McConnell’s Landing – Wambaw Creek (via Chicken Creek)

According to the available info both segments are about 4-5 hours paddling time. That will leave us time to stop and fish along the way and not be in a rush to get to the landing. Also, the entire southern bank is national forest land. Several more landing spots not on the map are available for camping/stopping.

Map link

Jamestown-Santee river:

https://berkeleyblueways.com/2017/10/13/jamestown-santee-river/

https://www.sctrails.net/trails/trail/jamestown-santee-river

 

The other possibility is starting in a tributary to the river, but ending up in the same place.

Wambaw Creek:

https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprd3796939.pdf

https://www.sctrails.net/trails/trail/wambaw-creek

https://paddling.com/paddle/trips/wambaw-creek-francis-marion-national-forest-south-carolina/?lat=33.1775&lng=-79.4970&zoom=14

WARNING: THIS VIDEO CONTAINS QUESTIONABLE MUSIC CHOICES

Echaw Creek:

https://berkeleyblueways.com/2016/07/19/echaw-creek/

https://www.sctrails.net/trails/trail/echaw-creek

https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5346213.pdf

Chicken Creek:

https://berkeleyblueways.com/2016/07/19/chicken-creek/

http://www.southeasternoutdoors.com/outdoors/paddling/canoe-trails/images/chicken-creek-map.pdf

Flatwater Paddles in the Blue Ridge Mtns,

Includes an interesting 3 day paddle/camp plan for Lake Jocassee. I can taste those sweet delicious trout!

http://www.blueridgeoutdoors.com/paddling/top-ten-flatwater-paddling-paradises/

Yeah, so Jocasee is fed by a bunch of WATERFALLS. You can’t gird your loins against the unbridled majesty.

Capers Island SC

Caper’s island is 3 miles long and half mile wide (not counting the marsh) with and area of 1.6 sq miles. Marsh side landing opportunities will be limited to a dock on Schooner Creek, about halfway up the island. Beachside landings seem like the way to go here.

Here’s an overview of the paddle I have in mind. Definitely tide dependent.

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For fishing, in addition to the marsh creeks there is Copahee Sound nearby. Check out this video if you’re curious as to what is out there. There is occasionally some discussion on the Charlestonfishing.com forums about this place.

Looks like hanging spots won’t be too hard to find. Take a look at the picture below, also check it out on Google maps. If that isn’t hammock hangs for days then I don’t know what is.

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It doesn’t look like there is any fresh water there, so we’ll need to bring plenty. The impoundment at the south end of the island has a tide gate, so I imagine it’s at least somewhat salty. No facilities, the island is almost entirely undeveloped. Also the description from sctrails.com mentioned that while there are about 5 miles of trails on the island they may be overgrown, especially with poision ivy and poison oak. Also, much like Cumberland Island, bring PLENTY of insect repellent.