Flatwater Paddling – Whitewater Santee

Flatwater Paddling

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 to the main channels of the River Basin, and numerous tributaries and creeks wind through vast stretches of public land. Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge and the Santee Coastal Reserve both feature paddling access along the Intracoastal Waterway fostering the exploration of 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.

Find more online guides and planning resources at Paddling.com.

Guide Services

Paddling Tours

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.

Flatwater Kayaking and SUP at Middleburg Plantation & Cooper River


Select points on the map for access information

Points of Interest

Ralph Hamer Landing → Bonneau Ferry

Body of Water: Quimby Creek

Distance: 3 Miles

Wambaw Creek Canoe Trail

Body of Water: Wawbaw Creek

Distance: 4.15 miles (Wambaw Creek Boat Ramp → Still Landing)

McClellanville to Muddy Bay

Body of Water: Intracoastal Waterway/Atlantic Ocean

Length: 3.5 Miles+ (Point to Point)

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