# 2 - Sandy Beach
5.2 miles, round-trip
The 600 acre Sandy Beach Waterfowl Refuge includes
parts of N. Lake Moultrie. It is a protected waterfowl
management area with a nice beach for primitive camping.
This entire area is beautiful with tupelos, flowering aquatic
plants, and you're almost guaranteed to see a few large
birds of prey. There are hiking trails open from March 1
until November 1.
Difficulty: Moderate, due to crossing open water.
Distance: 5.2 miles, round-trip.
Time: 2 - 3 hours.
Crowds: Very light. You will see motorized boats/anglers.
Put In / Take Out: Angel's Landing Marina, 1556 Viper Road, Pineville, SC 29468. 800-315-3087. GPS: 33.381196, -80.091654 or 33°22’52.3”N, 80°05’30.0
Fees/Permits: $5.00 parking at Angel's Landing (as of Summer 2023).
Current: Negligible, generally a south direction.
Tidal Influence: None.
Precautions: Winds above 10 MPH can be tough for a paddler on Lake Moultrie. There is a lot of open water for wind to intensify and cause 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 as much of a concern because of open waters. You can still check Lake Moultrie Water levels by clicking HERE.