# 11 - Santee River 2
HWY 52 to Arrowhead
Rated: Very Strenuous
This section of the Santee River terminates at
Arrowhead Landing on the Santee Cooper Rediversion
Canal. This adventure has many sandbars, as well as
islands for breaks, lunch or camping. There are
two landmarks on this paddle - a railroad trestle at
mile 4.9 and a set of high-tension power lines
-crossing the river at mile 8.0. This is a fun day trip
-for experienced paddlers.
Difficulty: Very strenuous, but only due to distance.
Distance: 13 miles.
Time: 6 - 8 hours.
Crowds: Very light.
IMPORTANT: Requires staging 2 vehicles or arranging pickup.
Put In: 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.
Take Out: Arrowhead Landing, Arrowhead Road, St. Stephen, SC 29479. GPS: 33.404235, -79.863481 or 33°24’15.3”N, 79°51’48.5”W.
Current: Flows downriver in an southeast direction.
Tidal Influence: Extremely negligible this far up river.
Precautions: Motorized boats go up and down the river near the two landings. 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.