# 4 - The Jungle
4 - 6 miles, round-trip
The Jungle is an enclosed tupelo swamp with an
appearance like the famed Okefenokee Swamp of
south Georgia, but on a much smaller scale. The
waters are heavily grown with water lilies, lotus
plants and various tall aquatic grasses. There are
many options for exploration and large birds of prey
(egrets, bald eagles) are common on this paddle.
Distance: 4 - 6 miles, round-trip, opportunity for a lot more exploration.
Time: 2.5 hours, minimum.
Crowds: Very light. The Jungle is not navigable by larger motorboats.
Put In / Take Out: Amos Lee Gourdine Boat Ramp, Russell Store Road, St. Stephen, SC 29479. GPS: 33.402138, -79.992848 or 33°24’07.7”N, 79°59’34.3”W
Current: Negligible, generally northeast direction in open water.
Tidal Influence: None.
Precautions: You’ll stay close to the shoreline on this route. Winds can intensify on Lake Moultrie resulting in waves/whitecaps. There are hundreds of tree stumps just inches below the water’s surface, particularly the closer you get to the entrance of The Jungle. These can flip a paddler if a boat gets wedged on top. Pro Tip: these stumps can usually be seen with polarized sunglasses.
Water Level: For this Blueway paddle trail, in order to explore most of the back areas of The Jungle, water levels above 75.00 are best. Lake Moultrie Water Levels click HERE.