# 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. 

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Difficulty:  Easy to moderate. 

Distance:  7 miles, round-trip.

Time2 - 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

Fees/Permits:  None.

 

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.

Weather on the Trail:  Click HERE

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