Catawba River Paddle

March 2003

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March 22, Day 1 at the put in below the Lake Wylie Dam:


Looking back toward the Wylie Dam just after starting:


An eagle (?) soars against the pure blue sky:

Trestles along the Catawba above Landsford:


The camp-site at the end of day 1, just past Landsford:


Day 2 - A dock wrapped around a highway abutment:


The takeout at the end of Fishing Creek Reservoir:


The Dearborn Dam at the put-in that leads to Lake Wateree:


Lake Wateree:


Lake Wateree State Park & Mr. Foster & friends:


Day 3 - Lake Wateree:


The Wateree Dam:

Mr. Hoffman who gave me a ride around the Wateree Dam:


The dam at the bottom of Lake Wateree:

The scary hunting camp on the 3rd night:


An early start after a sleepless 3rd night:






Day 4 - Sights along the Wateree River between the dam & Camden:


Met a fellow paddler, Kurt Cookie at the Hwy. 76 landing:


Pushing for Treszevants Landing, passing a huge factory:


Just after the factory, this scary log jammed trestle:


Steep bluffs along the lower Wateree:


An old man and his dog tied up in the flooded Wateree:


The juncture of the Wateree and the Congaree Rivers:


Exhausted after 57 miles and 10 1/2 hours:


And early start on Day 5:

An abandon, flooded out camp-site on the river bank:

Tree with a large bird along the Congaree:

Only 1 of the 7 or 8 spans of this trestle were clear of logjams:


An eagles nest in Lake Marion:

Hot, exhausted and sunburned I arrive at Santee Cooper SP: 



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