# 12 - Santee River 3
Arrowhead to Jamestown
Rated: Very Strenuous
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.
Difficulty: Very strenuous, but only due to distance.
Distance: 16 miles.
Time: 6 - 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.
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.