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Santee is the place for Fishing, Catfishing, Striper Fishing, and Lodging. Simply the best place in South Carolina to to take your kids out on the water.

Santee River Basin

The Santee River Basin encompasses 11 watersheds and 1,280 square miles. It originates in the Upper Coastal Plain region of the State giving way to the Lower Coastal Plain and the Coastal Zone regions. Of the nearly one million acres, 47.6% is forested land, 14.4% is forested wetland, 13.6% is agricultural land, 11.2% is water, 7.8% is scrub/shrub land, 4.3% is nonforested wetland, 0.6% is barren land, and 0.5% is urban land. There are a total of 976 stream miles, 94,668 acres of lake waters, and 5,276 acres of estuarine areas in the Santee River Basin. The Santee River is formed from the confluence of the Congaree and Wateree Rivers and flows through Lake Marion. The river is diverted in lower Lake Marion, and either flows out of the Santee dam to eventually drain into the Atlantic Ocean via the South Santee River and the North Santee River, or is channeled along a 7.5 mile Diversion Canal to fill Lake Moultrie. After flowing through the Santee dam, the Santee River is joined by the re-diversion canal connecting Lake Moultrie and the Santee River.

It is within the Santee River Basin at Fort Watson where the first post in South Carolina was retaken from the British by General Francis Marion whom was more affectionately known as "The Swamp Fox."  Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie provides water recreation, fishing, hunting and boating to people from all over the state and is well known internationally for its landlocked Striped Bass of which its population has declined due to poor water quality.  The Santee River Basin is home to over a million residents and provides recreation to even more.  Historically, even from the colonial times, people used the river for recreation, fishing, and boating.  Eventually when Lakes Marion and Moultrie were created in the early 1940's to provide hydroelectric power to the Charleston Naval shipyard, a brand new mecca for recreation was created as a result.

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