Santee Canal

Lake Moultrie
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Description

Difficulty: Moderate, only due to distance and crossing open water.

Distance: 6.4 miles, round-trip.

Time: 3 - 4 hours.

Crowds: Very light. You will see motorized boats/anglers. Almost guaranteed not to see anyone else in the canal.

Put In / Take Out: Angel's Landing Marina, 1556 Viper Road, Pineville, SC 29468. 800-315-3087. GPS: 33.381196, -80.091654 or 33°22’52.3”N, 80°05’30.0

Fees/Permits: $5.00 parking at Angel's Landing (as of Summer 2021).

Current: Negligible, generally a south direction.

Tidal Influence: None.

Precautions: Winds above 10 MPH can be tough for a paddler on Lake Moultrie. There is a lot of open water for wind to intensify and cause waves/whitecaps. There are hundreds of tree stumps just inches below the water’s surface. These can flip a paddler if a boat gets wedged on top. Tip: these stumps can usually be seen with polarized sunglasses.

Water Level: For this Blueway paddle trail, water level is not as much of a concern until you get further up into the canal. You can float the canal, even the upper part, above 73.50. Lake Moultrie Water Levels, click HERE.

History on the Blueway: The Santee Canal was one of the earliest canals built in the United States. It provided a direct water route between Charleston and Columbia. The canal was 22 miles long and it had two double locks and eight single locks.

​Route information courtesy of Berkeley Outdoor Life.

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  • Launch Point
  • Paid Parking
  • Free Parking
  • Year-Round Bathrooms
  • Seasonal Bathrooms
  • Permit Required
  • Drinking Water
  • Food Available
  • Boat Ramp
  • Campsites
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Hazard
  • Free Lunch
  • Boat Ramp
  • Campsites
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Hazard
  • Free Lunch

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