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