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Little Pee Dee River

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Little Pee Dee River

Blackwater swamps and sloughs, white sandy beaches, cypress trees, and a feeling of wilderness characterize the Little Pee Dee. It is an outstanding example of a Coastal Plain blackwater river in South Carolina. Tea-colored water, cypress-tupelo swamps, lakes, and sandy stream bottoms and bars characterize this river section. The Little Pee Dee is a popular recreation destination for boating and fishing. Freshwater fishes sought by anglers include bluegill, redbreast, largemouth bass, crappie, and catfish. Recreational boating, in canoes and small power boats, is popular year round.

The Little Pee Dee in Dillon County (a 48-mile section) was designated a State Scenic River in 2005. The Little Pee Dee River from US Highway 378 Bridge to its confluence with the Great Pee Dee River (about 14 river miles) was designated a State Scenic River in 1990. Other sections of the Little Pee Dee River system have been considered for State Scenic River designation. Immediately upstream of US Highway 378, an additional 64-mile section of the Little Pee Dee River was determined eligible for scenic river status in 1997 but was never officially designated. In addition, there is the Great Pee Dee Scenic River, designated in 2002, which adjoins the lower Little Pee Dee and extends 70-miles from US Highway 378 to US Highway 17 at Winyah Bay.

Suggested Trips (10)

Featured trips for this waterway showing difficulty (circles) and current runnability status (squares). .

Cypress Knees (Credit: SCDNR)
Blackwater and sandy river bed (Credit: SCDNR)
(Credit: SCDNR)
Waterway Resources
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Think about drinks
It’s a good idea to stay hydrated while you’re on the water. Bring along a non-breakable water bottle or hydration backpack; for day trips, at least ½ gallon per person.
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