Fishing – Whitewater Santee


At nearly one million acres of watershed, the Santee River Basin supports a variety of fishing in freshwater lakes and rivers and salt flats within Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. Unlike any other location on the east coast, the flats fishing in Bulls Bay is characterized by 60 miles of uninhabited shoreline, offering access to redfish, speckled trout, and flounder. South Carolina also features one of the northernmost opportunities for a tarpon run each year. Lake Moultrie and Lake Marion are fabled for their striped bass, and the SC state record for largemouth was set on Lake Marion in 1949.

The low country and coastal South Carolina is home to numerous world-class fishing destinations with saltwater and freshwater opportunities. Stay on the Middleburg property to access numerous reservoirs and the East Branch of the Cooper River. Head east into Francis Marion National Forest for numerous access points to the Santee River and its various tributaries interlacing the forest. Saltwater anglers will find endless opportunities to explore the Santee Coastal Reserve and Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge.

View more fishing resources through South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

Guide Services

Fishing Tours

Whitewater offers several types of guided fishing in the region including freshwater, inshore, nearshore, offshore, fly fishing, and shark fishing.  Half-day, full-day, and multi-day services are available to facilitate access to premier fishing.


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Points of Interest

East Branch of the Cooper River

Accessible from the Middleburg property, the East Branch of the Cooper River houses a variety of fish species ranging from largemouth bass, blue gill, and red drum.

Bulls Bay

Part of the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, Bulls Bay and accompanying barrier islands, marshes, and creeks are premier fishing locations for redfish, speckled trout, and tarpon, among other species.

Lake Moultrie

Lake Moultrie contains largemouth & striped bass, catfish, and a variety of other freshwater species in the state’s second largest lake.

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