World-class fishing. Two lakes, two rivers, two canals, a vast swamp, 450 miles of shoreline, 171,000 acres of land covered by 756 billion gallons of water - Santee Cooper is awesome! Lakes Marion and Moultrie are famous as the home of the landlocked striped bass. Stripers, largemouth, crappie, bream and catfish offer an exciting challenge for anglers.
Golf in Santee Cooper Country may well be one of the best-kept secrets of the sunbelt. Golfers are pleased with the variety of courses in the area. Within a 45-minute drive of Santee, golfers can play 13, 18-hole courses.
Sportsmen taking time out from fishing or golf to hunt the prime fields and woodlands in Santee Cooper Country will find excellent outdoor adventure stalking whitetail deer, wing shooting or taking plentiful small game.
If you just want to relax and get away from the pressures of everyday life, Santee Cooper Country is the place to do it. Our pace is slow, our people are friendly. There are plenty of places to stay, from full service motels to lake cabins. We have over 1,000 campsites located along the shores of our lakes. Dining is an experience. You can sample good old Southern home cooking, traditional barbecue or local favorites, fried catfish and catfish stew.
History and beauty abound in our five-county region. There are museums, parks, breathtaking flower gardens, nature trails, historic battlegrounds, lake and river tours and much more.
For those who love to hike and bike, try the Palmetto Trail. Six passages run through Santee Cooper Country from just north of Awendaw to Manchester State Forest in Sumter County. There are also trails at Santee and Poinsett state parks and Santee National Wildlife Refuge. Or canoe and kayak our lakes and rivers.Try the 50 mile Swampfox Trail and the Berkeley County Blueways with 175 miles of trails. Paddle on your own or go with qualified guides.