# 6 - Coon Island
Rated: Easy to Moderate
7 miles, round-trip
Coon Island is known as one of the best places
for primitive kayak/canoe camping on Lake Moultrie.
There is a beautiful beach with high ground on its
south side. Camping is permitted on a first come,
first serve basis, and the area is large enough
to support dozens of paddle campers.
Difficulty: Easy to moderate.
Distance: 7 miles, round-trip.
Time: 2 - 3 hours, although, we recommend spending the night on this great island!
Crowds: Moderate. You're guaranteed to see boaters/anglers in this area.
Put In / Take Out: Amos Lee Gourdine Boat Ramp, Russell Store Road, St. Stephen, SC 29479. GPS: 33.402138, -79.992848 or 33°24’07.7”N, 79°59’34.3”W
Current: Negligible, generally south direction.
Tidal Influence: None.
Precautions: You’ll stay close to the shoreline on most of this route. Winds can intensify on Lake Moultrie resulting in 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 much of a concern because of open waters. Lake Moultrie Water Levels click HERE.