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 # 10 - Santee River 1 
 Wilson's Landing to HWY 52 



 Rated: Very Strenuous 

 25 miles 


 Wilson's Landing is located on the tailrace of the Lake 

 Marion Dam. This is the longest paddle in the Berkeley 

 Blueways program. This 25-mile section of the Santee 

 River is best attempted by camping overnight and 

 making two days of the adventures. During most water 

 levels, there are many sandbars along the trip. There 
-is an abundance of wildlife and very little sign of human 
-habitation. Once on this trip, there no exit points until 
-you reach HWY-52 twenty-five miles down river! 


Difficulty:  Very strenuous, due to distance and the potential of Class 1 riffles. Tenured paddlers only! 

Distance:  25 miles. NOTE: once on the river from Wilson's Landing, there are no exit points until you reach HWY 52, twenty-five miles later!

Time9 - 12 hours of paddling.

Crowds:  None. You'll be alone. Most of the water in this section is too shallow for boats for most of the year. 

IMPORTANT:  Requires staging 2 vehicles or arranging pickup.

Put In:  Wilson’s Landing, 1541 Wilson Landing Road, Pineville, SC 29468.GPS: 33.448418, -80.158270 or 33°26’54.3”N, 80°09’29.8”W

Take Out:  HWY 52/Santee River Bridge, 15 US 52, Salters, SC 29590. GPS: 33.497546, -79.959332 or 33°29’50.8”N, 79°57’33.7”W.

Fees/Permits:  None.


Current:  Flows downriver in an east direction.

Tidal Influence:  Extremely negligible this far up river.

Precautions:  While normally not a problem for paddlers, dam water releases could inundate campsites. Call 800-925-2537 for scheduled releases.

Water Level:  For this Blueway paddle trail, the Lake Marion Tailrace gauge height should be less than 32.00 with a discharge rate of less than 2,000 cubic feet per second. For gauge height, click HERE. For discharge rate, click HERE.

Weather on the Trail:  Click HERE

Paddling Through History:  The river was named by early English settlers after the Santee tribe, which inhabited areas of the middle part of the river. The first European contact was by a Spanish part led by Lucas Vázquez Ayllón in 1526.

So Much History Nearby: Did you know Berkeley County has more than 110 historical markers and historical points of interest? CLICK HERE to find your Adventures in History!


  Santee River 1 PHOTO GALLERY  

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