The salt, brackish, fresh or black water of the Santee Basin is perhaps best explored by kayak or stand-up paddle board. The Cooper, Santee, and Wando rivers provide freshwater access within the main channels of the River Basin, while numerous tributaries and creeks wind through the vast stretches of public land that comprise Francis Marion National Forest. Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge and the Santee Coastal Reserve both feature paddling access along the Intracoastal Waterway to explore a multitude of creeks and inlets along the coast.
The Santee River Basin has more miles of established blue trails than anywhere in the southeastern United States. These same waterways were used for hundreds of years as the principle means of travel in the area and offer access to abundant wildlife viewing, kayak fishing, birding, and overnight camping for recreational users in the region.
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Whitewater offers guided paddling tours throughout the low country region to explore the many rivers, creeks, and swamps of the Santee Basin. Half-day, full-day, and multi-day services are available to explore some of the most diverse and interesting natural features in the United States by watercraft.