Santee South Carolina State Park
Telephone: (803)- 854-2048
Located in the heart of Santee-Cooper Country with convenient access from two interstate highways, this 2,496-acre park offers land and pier-based cabins, as well as two lakefront camping areas. A sportsman’s paradise, this park is known for its catfish, largemouth and striped bass fishing, and is the site of numerous fishing tournaments. The Village Round meeting building is ideal for group functions.
Explore the Sunken Forests in Lake Marion! Narrated 2 hour tours for groups and families includes information covering the building of the Santee Cooper Lakes and the wildlife that now inhabits this rare and beautiful sunken forest. You will hear of Indian customs, old moonshine stills and past inhabitants of Lake Marion, the largest lake in South Carolina. Explore the watery trails in the safety and comfort of the covered 40′ pontoon “Fisheagle” boat. Ospreys, Anhinga, Great Blue Herons and other beautiful water birds can be observed during the different seasons – don’t forget to bring your camera!
The elusive American Alligators lurk, feed, mate, nest and sun themselves in the areas that are toured. Fisheagle will try to make sure that you see one on your trip, but remember that this is a true wildlife tour, not a caged zoo. The unpredictability of what lies beyond the next bend makes this outdoor experience awesome and exciting. No two tours are exactly alike.
Call for rates and to schedule your trip at (843) 563-771 or 800-967-7739. Days of operation and times of departure vary. You could also email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or visit www.fisheagle.net. Fisheagle Tours is located inside the Santee State Park and information brochures are available at the park.
Santee National Wildlife Refuge
The refuge (created in 1941) is located on the north shore of Lake Marion. It is a major wintering area for ducks and geese, as well as a nesting and stopover area for neo-tropical migratory birds, raptors, shore birds, and wading birds. Endangered/threatened species on the refuge include the American alligator and the wood stork. Numerous other species of wildlife are indigenous to this area. Public use opportunities at the refuge include a Visitor Center with educational exhibits, walking trails, an auto tour route, wildlife observation and photography, hunting, and fishing.