# 8 - Duckpond
2.5 - 3 miles, round-trip
The area of Lake Moultrie known as the Duckpond is a
large enclosed bay that opens to a smaller area of
a cypress swamp that contains abundant wildlife,
cypress and tupelo trees, and tall grasses. It is home
to numerous wading birds, as well as osprey and bald
eagles. About midway between the boat ramp and the
-Duckpond is a nice sandy beach that can be used for
Distance: 2.5 - 3 miles, round-trip, further exploration is encouraged!
Time: 1.5 - 2.5 hours.
Crowds: Moderate. You're guaranteed to see boaters/anglers in this area.
Put In / Take Out: Fred L. Day Boat Ramp, Boat Landing Way, Cross, SC 29436. GPS: 33.295429, -80.156345 or 33°17’43.5”N, 80°09’22.8”W
Current: Negligible, generally south direction.
Tidal Influence: None.
Precautions: You’ll have protection from some winds once you reach the Duckpond, however, if winds are above 10 MPH expect some waves and whitecaps on the paddle to the area. There are many 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, in order to explore the back, smaller cove of The Duck Pond (where the wildlife is), water levels above 75.00 are best. You can explore the large front cove above 74.5. For Lake Moultrie Water Levels, click HERE.