Little Pee Dee

Trail Activities: t

  • Water

Length:

38.5 miles

Type:

One Way

Surface:

Water

Difficulty: Moderate

Trail Features: t

  • No Fee
  • Camping

Summary:

The Little Pee Dee Scenic River is a 48-mile stretch that flows through Dillon County between the Marion and Marlboro County lines.

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Starting from the Rice Field Landing on the Lumber River, you will make twists and turns, but when you reach the confluence of the Lumber and Little Pee Dee the trail will widen. You may encounter power boats in this area, so stay close the banks. Also, you may want to take a compass, county map, or GPS unit as there are numerous oxbows, which can cause confusion.

As you paddle the black water of the Little Pee Dee, you will pass numerous river houses and possibly the homes of beavers. Wildlife you may see as you paddle includes birds such as wood ducks, pileated woodpeckers, acadian flycatchers, red and white-eyed vireos, and prothonotary warblers. Also animals such as non-poisonous water snakes, turtles, otters, raccoons, beavers, and possibly alligators make their home in and along the river.

During certain times of the year the Little Pee Dee River can be physically and mentally challenging because the boater will have to safely maneuver in river currents.

Camping: The only designated camping area on the Little Pee Dee Scenic River is located at Little Pee Dee State Park; reservations are recommended.

Directions:

Access Points (mileage and GPS coordinates are approximate and for reference only):

Mile 0 - Rice Field Cove Landing - From Mullins, drive east on US 76. After you cross the Lumber River you will cross a second bridge. Turn right at the first road after the second bridge.

Mile 6.4 ­ Fork Retch Landing - From Rice Field Cove Landing, return to US 76 and turn left. Drive through Nichols and cross the Pee Dee River. Just after the bridge,  turn left onto  S-34-319, and continue to the landing .

Mile 9.4 ­ Red Bluff Landing - From Fork Retch Landing, return to US 76 and turn left. Drive about 0.1 mile, turn left onto S-34-31, and then left again onto S-34-593. Continue to the landing..

Mile 12.4 - Moody's Landing - From Red Bluff Landing, return to S-34-31 and turn left. Turn left onto SC 917, and then right at the first dirt road after you cross the river.

Mile 18.2 - Cartwheel Landing - From Moody's Landing, return to SC 917 and turn left.  Cross the river and turn left at the first dirt road, (Click on the MAP above). Turn left twice and continue to the river.

Mile 23.4 - Galivants Ferry Landing - From Cartwheel Landing turn left at the first left, then left again onto SC 41. Turn left onto US 501 and drive to the river. The landing is at either side of the bridge.

Mile 25.6 - Huggins Landing - From Galivants Ferry Landing, drive east  on US 501 for 0.4 mile and turn right onto S-26-99. Drive approximately 1.5 miles and turn right at the sign for Huggins Landing. Continue to the landing.

Mile 28.0 - Knife Island Landing - From Huggins Landing, return to S-26-99 and turn left. Turn left onto US 501 and drive to SC 41. Turn left again and drive approximately 3.0 miles and turn left onto dirt a road. When the road forks, you can go to the left for Knife Island Landing, or right to Davis Landing.

Mile 29.4 - Davis Landing - From Huggins Landing, return to S-26-99 and turn left. Turn left onto US 501 and drive to SC 41. Turn left again and drive approximately 3.0 miles and turn left onto dirt a road. When the road forks, you can go to the left for Knife Island Landing, or right to Davis Landing.

Mile 36.7 - Dog Bluff Landing - From Knife Island or Davis Landings return to SC 41 and turn left. Drive for approximately 5.0 miles and turn left onto SC 908. Drive approximately 1.3 miles and turn left onto a dirt road and continue to the landing.

Mile 38.5 - Gunter's Lake Landing - From Dog Bluff Landing , return to SC 908 and turn right. Turn right onto SC 41 and continue to US 501. Turn right onto US 501 and cross the river. Turn right onto S-26-99 and drive for approximately 9.0 miles and turn right onto S-26-983. Turn right on the dirt road and continue to the landing.

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