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Wateree River: Highway 1 to Tolar Boat Ramp (US 378/76)

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Wateree River: Highway 1 to Tolar Boat Ramp (US 378/76)

Skill Level: Moderate
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Rapids: None
Length: 43.7 miles
Duration: 48 hours
Portaging: No
What to Expect

Downstream of the HWY 1 Landing, a paddler will begin a 44 mile trip with little signs of human presence. Once you cross under Interstate 20, the Wateree winds its way through a vast floodplain with a wilderness feeling on the river. This paddle must be completed over multiple days, but the very sinuous Wateree River offers nice sand bars for camping at the right water levels. 

Access
Put in:
U.S. 1 Bridge Access Point
Access Details

Boat ramp under the US 1 / Hwy 601 Bridge in Lugoff, SC. Paved ramp with gravel parking lot.

Take out:
Tolar Boat Ramp (US 378/76)
Access Details

Paved parking lot and two lane boat ramp with dock.

Trip Details

While it's possible to complete this section in two full days of paddling, it's best to take advantage of the sand bars and make a three day trip out of it. Be aware of fluctuating river levels due to precipitation and upstream hydropower operations. If you camp on a sandbar, camp as high on the sandbar as possible and tie down your boat.

Duke Energy's website has more information on hydropower operations upstream on the Wateree River. 

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Tripp Clark
Oct 15, 2020 9:27 pm EDT
Is there any available online resource that lists GPS coordinates for legal and suitable campsites along this route?
Kevin Johnson
May 04, 2020 12:10 pm EDT
Any way to break this up into multiple day trips?
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View of Wateree River Floodplain from Cooks Mountain.  (Credit: SCDNR)
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