# 12 - Santee River 3 
 Arrowhead to Jamestown 

 

 

 Rated: Very Strenuous 

 16 miles 

 

 This paddle begins at Arrowhead Landing in St. 

 Stephen on the Rediversion Canal and ends at 

 the Jamestown Landing adjacent to the HWY 41 

 bridge. Throughout the trip, there are numerous 

 sandbars and small islands for lunch or rest spots. 

 Wildlife includes egrets, great blue herons, ibis, 
-storks, deer and wild boar. 

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Difficulty:  Very strenuous, but only due to distance.

Distance:  16 miles.

Time6 - 8 hours.

Crowds:  Very light.

IMPORTANT:  Requires staging 2 vehicles or arranging pickup.

Put In:  Arrowhead Landing, Arrowhead Road, St. Stephen, SC 29479. GPS: 33.404235, -79.863481 or 33°24’15.3”N, 79°51’48.5”W.

Take Out:  Jamestown Landing, US-17/41 ALT, Jamestown, SC 29453. GPS: 33.303510, -79.679659 or 33°18’12.6”N, 79°40’46.8”W.

Fees/Permits:  None.

 

Current:  Flows downriver in an southeast direction.

Tidal Influence:  Yes, can begin to feel tidal influence within 2-3 miles of Jamestown Landing. Tide is approximately 3 – 3.5 hours behind Charleston Harbor tide table.

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 sandbars. Call 800-925-2537 for scheduled releases.

Water Level:  For this Blueway paddle trail, the Jamestown Santee water level should be between 5-10 ft. For Santee River Water Levels, click HERE. Further, 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

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  Santee River 3 PHOTO GALLERY