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On the Water

On the Water

Discover the natural beauty surrounding South Carolina’s waterways by floating through rivers, ponds and lakes. Though many of our state parks boast beautiful waterways, several lakes and rivers flow through the Olde English District. 

The Broad River

Flowing along the eastern side of the Enoree District within Sumter National Forest, the Broad River historically served as a significant boundary between the Cherokee and Catawba Indian tribes. Today, the river provides a scenic route for adventurers. Accessible points include the Broad River boat ramp, Woods Ferry Recreation area and Sumter National Forest. Bring a fishing rod and try to catch smallmouth bass or simply just soak in the scenery. 

Broad River

The Catawba River

This dam-controlled river runs more than 200 miles from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean. Several calm stretches run through York County, offering many floating opportunities. The main access points include Fort Mill River Access, Landsford Canal State Park, Piedmont Medical Center Trail, Rock Hill River Park and Highway 9 Landing.

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landsford canal state park

Bonus: Calling all skilled paddlers! The Whitewater Area in Great Falls offers access to the natural whitewater of the Catawba River. 

Fishing Creek Reservoir

This body of water stretches along the banks of the Catawba River. What was constructed as an artificial reservoir for regulating river flows now offers boating opportunities for water enthusiasts. You can access Fishing Creek Reservoir at the Springs Park Access Area, which sports a two-lane boat ramp with a floating courtesy dock

Lake Monticello

Off Highway 215, about 35 minutes from Downtown Columbia, is Lake Monticello. The 7,000-acre lake includes areas designed with fishing, boating and swimming top-of-mind. Access areas include Lake Monticello East, Lake Monticello West and Subimpoundment.

Lake Wateree

Lake Wateree touches three counties (Fairfield, Chester and Kershaw), but the main access is at Lake Wateree State Park near Great Falls. The lake, as a whole, is a great place for all types of water lovers. Kayakers and canoes can specifically paddle around the shores of the 13,000-acre lake or fish for striped bass and other freshwater fish. If you do not own a kayak or canoe, you can rent one at the state park. Other access areas include Beaver Creek, Buck Hill, Cedar Creek, Clearwater Cove, Colonel Creek, June Creek, Taylor Creek and Wateree Creek.

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lake wateree

Lake Wylie 

With more than 300 miles of shoreline, Lake Wylie is great for boat cruising, kayaking and fishing. Boasting a scenic landscape and several recreational opportunities, this 13,000-acre lake provides an ideal setting for various outdoor activities. Visitors can access the lake from multiple points in York County, including the Buster Boyd Access Area, Ebenezer Park (temporarily closed), Allison Creek Park and Nivens Creek. 

Tyger River Canoeing Trail 

Flowing through the Piedmont section of Sumter National Forest is the Tyger River Canoe Trail. The trail is marked by a series of access points in South Carolina, including parks and landings, making it accessible for both beginners and seasoned paddlers. It features small marshy areas and hanging trees, creating a scenic float.