This easy paddling section makes for a nice day trip.
You will not see many signs of human habitation, although, you may see
an abundance of animals and birds including herons, eagles, and American
egrets. You will pass under a railroad trestle and a power line, which
you can use to gauge your progress.Numerous sandbars along the way
provide an opportunity to stop for lunch or just to rest a bit.
NOTE: Before you go call Santee
Cooper at 8009252537 about water release information. Water release
from the St. Stephen Hydro plant can cause reverse current, which can
make paddling in the lower section more difficult.
Length: 12.7 miles.
Fees: No fee.
Mileage and GPS coordinates are approximate and for reference
Mile 0 (GPS N 33.4484 W 80.1593)
Highway 52 Landing - From St. Stephen, drive north on US 52 to the
Santee River. For your safety, it is not recommended that you leave a
vehicle in this remote area.
Mile 5.2 (GPS N 33.4560 W 79.9041)
Mile 7.5 (GPS N 33.4427 W 79.8802)
Mile 12.1 (GPS N 33.4029 W 79.8547)
Entrance to Rediversion Canal.
Mile 12.7 (GPS N 33.4045 W 79.8648)
Arrowhead Landing From St. Stephen, drive east on SC 45 for
approximately 4.5 miles and turn left onto Arrowhead Landing Rd. and
continue to the landing.
Hours: Dawn to dusk
Camping: Primitive camping is
allowed on sandbars on the river.
Information: The Berkeley Conservation District, PO Box 6122,
Moncks Corner, SC 29461 Telephone: 843-719-4049, or http://www.berkeleyblueways.com/about.htm.
For water levels call Santee Cooper at 18009252537.
South Carolina State Trails Program
South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism
1205 Pendleton Street :: Columbia, SC 29201 :: 803-734-0173