South Carolina Rivers

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Ashepoo River is a short blackwater river in South Carolina. It rises in a confluence of swamps south of Walterboro, flows in southeast direction and then empties into Saint Helena Sound. The entire course of the river lies within the boundaries of Colleton County. Many people enjoy fishing and boating on thtis river and others in South Carolina. The name comes from the Ashepoo subtribe of the Cusabo Indians.
 

Ashley River is a river in South Carolina, rising from the Wassamassaw and Great Cypress Swamps in Western Berkeley County. It consolidates its main channel about 5 miles west of Summerville. The much wider Ashley joins the Cooper River in Charleston to form the Charleston Harbor before discharging into the Atlantic Ocean. The river was named for Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury and chief Lord Proprietor of the Carolina Colony. Charleston was founded on the western bank of the Ashley in 1670 (at Charles Towne Landing), before moving across to its current peninsular location ten years later.

 

Black River is a blackwater river in South Carolina in the United States. It originates at the conjunction of several minor swamps just to the south of the city of Bishopville, flowing southeasterly on the coastal plain of South Carolina to empty into the Pee Dee River north of Georgetown. The Black River flows through the counties of Lee, Sumter, Clarendon, Williamsburg, and Georgetown. It is a free-flowing blackwater river shouldered by a ribbon of dense, undisturbed swamp forest. The water is stained with inky black color due to organic chemicals known as tannins leached from tree leaves and other organic material decomposing in the surrounding swamps. This river has white sandbars at low water levels and unique alternating broad, lake-like areas and narrow streams. The upper river is excellent for sport fishing. The Lower Black River is deep enough to paddle, even during times of drought. It is joined by the Great Pee Dee a few miles north of Georgetown to flow into Winyah Bay.Important rice plantations

 

Black River Swamp Preserve is located in Georgetown County near Andrews, South Carolina. This stretch of river is also thought to be used by the endangered shortnose sturgeon. Other species of interest in the Black River Swamp include the wood duck, yellow water lily, and various wading birds.

 

Black Mingo Creek is a tributary to the Black River in coastal South Carolina. It derives its name from "mingo" or "minko" the Chickasaw word for chief. It was a center of the eastern Chickasaws in colonial times, a special hunting preserve. It is also a blackwater river, whose waters are stained with tannin to make a tea-colored mix. It is relatively untouched by modern development, and is mostly surrounded by wetlands of cypress and tupelo with the adjacent higher lands mostly used for conventional agriculture or tree farming.

 

Broad River is a principal tributary of the Congaree River, about 150 miles long, in western North Carolina and northern South Carolina in the United States. Via the Congaree, it is part of the watershed of the Santee River, which flows to the Atlantic Ocean. The Broad River originates in the Blue Ridge Mountains of eastern Buncombe County, North Carolina and flows generally south-southeastwardly, through or along the boundaries of Rutherford, Polk and Cleveland Counties in North Carolina; and Cherokee, York, Union, Chester, Fairfield, Newberry and Richland Counties in South Carolina. In North Carolina , the river is dammed to form Lake Lure; in South Carolina it passes through the Sumter National Forest and the communities of Cherokee Falls and Lockhart before joining the Saluda River to form the Congaree River in the city of Columbia.

 

Bush River (it has also been known as "Bush Creek." ) is a tributary of the Saluda River, 30 miles long, in the Piedmont region of western South Carolina in the United States. Via the Saluda and Congaree Rivers, it is part of the watershed of the Santee River, which flows to the Atlantic Ocean. The Bush River rises in Laurens County, just south of the town of Clinton, and flows generally southeastwardly into Newberry County, past Joanna. It joins into the Saluda River about 11 miles south of Newberry as part of Lake Murray, which is formed on the Saluda by Saluda Dam.

 

Catawba River is a tributary of the Wateree River in the U.S. states of North Carolina and South Carolina. The river is approximately 220 miles long. It rises in the Appalachian Mountains and drains into Piedmont. It rises in the Blue Ridge Mountains in western McDowell County, North Carolina, approximately 20 miles east of Asheville. It flows into northern South Carolina, passing east of Rock Hill, then through Fishing Creek Reservoir near Great Falls, and then into the Lake Wateree reservoir, approximately 30 miles northeast of Columbia. Downstream from Lake Wateree, it becomes the Wateree River.

 

Chattooga River (also spelled Chatooga, Chatuga, and Chautaga, variant name Guinekelokee River) is the main tributary of the Tugaloo River. . It begins in southern Jackson County, North Carolina, then flows southwestward between northwestern Oconee County, South Carolina and eastern Rabun County, Georgia. The "Chattooga" spelling was approved by the BGN in 1897. The river was used as a setting for the fictional "Cahulawassee River" in the film Deliverance. There is also a former mine named the Chattooga River Prospect.

 

Coosaw River

 

Combahee River is a short blackwater river in the Southern Lowcountry region of South Carolina formed at the confluence of the Salkehatchie and Little Salkehatchie rivers near the Islandton community of Colleton County, South Carolina. The Combahee empties into Saint Helena Sound near Beaufort, which in turn empties into the Atlantic Ocean.

 

Congaree River is a short but wide river in South Carolina in the United States; It flows for only 47 miles. The river serves an important role as the final outlet channel for the entire Lower Saluda and Lower Broad watersheds, before merging with the Wateree River just north of Lake Marion to form the Santee River. It is formed in Columbia by the confluence of the Saluda and Broad rivers near the Piedmont fall line. It serves as part of the boundary between Richland, Calhoun, and Lexington counties. The only cities near the river are Columbia on the east, and Cayce and West Columbia on the west. The river's name comes from the Congaree Indians who used to live along it.

 

Cooper River is a river in the U.S. state of South Carolina. Several cities are located along the river, primarily Charleston. Short and wide, the Wando River joins the Cooper, then it flows south and unites with the Ashley River in the estuary forming Charleston Harbor. The Cooper River was connected to the Santee River by a canal built in the late 18th century. Today Lake Moultrie and two canals connect the Cooper River to Lake Marion. The Cooper River was formerly spanned by both the Silas N. Pearman Bridge, and the John P. Grace Memorial Bridge. These bridges have since been demolished and replaced by the recently completed Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge. The new bridge is higher than the old ones, to accommodate larger modern ships coming into the Port of Charleston.  

In service since August 8, 1929, the Grace Memorial Bridge is the oldest of the three. Named for the commissioner who inspired the state's highway system and parallel to the Grace Memorial Bridge, the Pearman Bridge opened on April 29, 1966. Previous to the completion of The Arthur Ravenel Bridge the Grace Memorial Bridge was referred to as the 'Old Cooper River Bridge' while the Pearman Bridge was called the 'New Cooper River Bridge.' The Arthur Ravenel Bridge (or New Cooper River Bridge), which is higher than the two older bridges, opened to traffic on July 16, 2005. Demolition of the Grace and Pearman bridges began shortly afterwards and should be completed by 2007. A very popular 10k run over the river occurs each spring, the Cooper River Bridge Run and Walk.  

Daniel Island and Drum Island (uninhabited) are located in the river. Cargo terminals, a paper mill, and the former Charleston Navy Base line its shore. Rice was heavily cultivated on plantations surrounding the Cooper River from colonial times to the civil war. The Patriot's Point naval & maritime museum sits at the mouth of the river. Berthed at Patriot's Point are four museum ships, most notably the USS Yorktown, a World War II aircraft carrier.

 

“Goose Creek” A tributary of the Cooper River was the site of a U.S. Navy Submarine base through the late 90’s and functioned as a nuclear weapons handling facility servicing FBM (Fleet Ballistic Submarines) until the advent of the larger Trident Class which required a deeper draft.

 

Coosaw River

 

Coosawhatchie River originates near the towns of Allendale and Fairfax and accepts drainage from Swallow Savanna, Harters Pond, Little Duck Branch, Duck Branch, Beech Branch (LevyBay), Blood Hill Creek, and Cedar Branch. The channel flows Southeast to the Broad River. It is 50 miles long.

 

East Fork Chatooga River

 

Edisto River is the longest completely undammed /unleveed blackwater river in North America, flowing 206 meandering miles from its sources in Saluda and Edgefield counties, to its Atlantic Ocean mouth at Edisto Beach, SC. It rises in two main tributaries (North Fork & South Fork) from springs under the Sandhills region of West Central South Carolina, just to the south of the Piedmont fall line, and is the longest and largest river system completely contained by the borders of South Carolina. Its name comes from the Edisto subtribe of the Cusabo Indians. The only major town or city any part of the Edisto system flows through is Orangeburg.

 

Enoree River is a tributary of the Broad River, 85 miles long, in northwestern South Carolina in the United States. The Enoree rises in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Greenville County about 2 miles northwest of the town of Travelers Rest, and flows generally southeastwardly across the Piedmont region, through or along the boundaries of Spartanburg, Laurens, Union and Newberry Counties, past the communities of Taylors and Whitmire and through the Sumter National Forest. It flows into the Broad River from the west in Newberry County, 15 miles northeast of the town of Newberry.

 

Flat Shoals River

 

Four Holes Swamp is a small blackwater river that is a tributary to the Edisto River in South Carolina. The swamp rises in Calhoun County and flows 62 miles to the confluence, in an unusual braided pattern; it has no well-defined channel, but multiple channels that start and disappear, yet maintain a flow. The swamp is the home of the Francis Beidler Forest a 15,000-acre nature preserve of virgin cypress and tupelo forest jointly operated by the Audubon Society and the Nature Conservancy. Some of the trees are over 1000 years in age, and the forest is the home of a number of rare or endangered species.

 

Pee Dee River, also known as the Great Pee Dee River, is a river in North Carolina and South Carolina. It originates in the Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina, where its upper course above the mouth of the Uwharrie River is known as the Yadkin River, and it is extensively dammed for flood control and hydroelectric power. The lower part of the river is named Pee Dee (in colonial times written Pedee) after the Native American Pee Dee tribe. The tribe or the river also give the name to the Pee Dee region of South Carolina, composed of the northeastern counties of the state. The river is navigable up the fall line at Cheraw, South Carolina and was an important trade route from colonial time. The largest lumber company in the world existed at the turn of the 20th century near the river's mouth at Georgetown, South Carolina. The virgin pine forests of the Pee Dee region were cut over and the logs floated in rafts downriver to be sawn into lumber and exported to the northern USA and Europe.

The lower part of the river flood plain was extensively developed for rice culture in colonial time, as rice was a major export of the area from the port at Georgetown. Rice culture declined with the loss of slave labor after the Civil War, and increased competition. Two hurricanes at the beginning of the 20th century destroyed much of the canal work and effectively ended the remnants of rice culture.

Today the river is not extensively used for navigation. It is an important source of electric power and public water supplies, as well as recreational use. While the Pee Dee is free-flowing in South Carolina, upstream in North Carolina several dams have been constructed on it. The opening and closing of these dams causes dramatic swings in the depth of the river in South Carolina. The sharing of water between the two states has sometimes been a matter of controversy, particularly during period of drought. Some commercial fishing is done during the winter shad run, and for shrimp in the lower reaches. The lower part of the river from Highway 378 to Winyah Bay has been designated a Scenic River.

Snow's Island is a large island at the junction of the Pee Dee and Lynches rivers. This was headquarters for General Francis Marion during the American Revolution. It proved a safe haven for him and his ragtag militia troops, as the British were never able to find the camp. It has been identified as the center of an old meteor crater).

The Pee Dee River was the original river for Stephen Foster's song Old Folks at Home (commonly known by its first line, "Way down upon the Swanee River"). Why he changed it in his final version is a subject of much speculation.

 

Keowee River is created by the confluence of the Toxaway River and the Whitewater River in northern South Carolina. The confluence is today submerged beneath the waters of Lake Jocassee, a reservoir created by Lake Jocassee Dam. The Keowee River flows out of Lake Jocassee Dam and into Lake Keowee, a reservoir created by Keowee Dam and Little River Dam. The Keowee River flows out of Keowee Dam to join the Twelve Mile River very near a point at current-day Clemson, S. C. where is found the beginning of the Seneca River, a tributary of the Savannah River. The Keowee River was in the heart of the Cherokee Lower Towns. The principal town of the Lower Towns was called, like the river, Keowee. Other Cherokee towns on the Keowee River included Estatoe and Sugartown (Kulsetsiyi), both of which were named for several different Cherokee towns.

 

Little River flows from headwaters in northern South Carolina into Lake Keowee. It exits via Little River Dam and then joins the Keowee River to form the Seneca River (Savannah River). The Little River was in the heart of the Cherokee Lower Towns region. Several Cherokee towns were located along the river.

 

Little Lynches River

 

Little Pee Dee River is a tributary of the Pee Dee River (which originates in the Appalachian Mountains where it is known as the Yadkin River). The Little Pee Dee technically arises near Laurinburg, North Carolina as Gum Swamp, which flows southward, receiving several small tributaries, across the South Carolina border into Red Bluff Lake, near McColl, South Carolina. The lake is at an elevation of 135 feet, and from the outlet of the lake, the flow is called the Little Pee Dee River. The Little Pee Dee is a sluggish meandering blackwater river that ranges between ten and about twenty-five feet wide and 6 to 10 feet deep in its upper reaches. It is navigable only by canoe or other small craft. It is bordered by a swamp area that features bald cypress, sweetgum, oak, tupelo and other hardwoods. It flows southeastward, roughly paralleling the state border until it receives the somewhat larger Lumber River (a National Wild and Scenic River) near Nichols, South Carolina, from which the much larger river flows.

 

Little Salkehatchie River originates in the Town of Blackville, South Carolina and accepts drainage from Lake Cynthia, Guess Pond, Brooker Pond, Ghants Branch, Halfmoon Branch, and Long Gall Branch.

 

Saluda River is formed about 10 mi northwest of the city of Greenville, on the common boundary of Greenville and Pickens Counties, by the confluence of its north and south forks, each of which rises in the Blue Ridge Mountains very near the border of North Carolina:
The North Saluda River flows generally south-southwestwardly through northern Greenville County, past Marietta.

The South Saluda River flows generally southeastwardly on the Greenville-Pickens County border, receiving the Oolenoy River and the Middle Saluda River, which rises in Jones Gap State Park and flows generally southward through northwestern Greenville County.

From this confluence the Saluda River flows generally southeastwardly through the Piedmont region, through or along the boundaries of Pickens, Greenville, Anderson, Abbeville, Laurens, Greenwood, Newberry, Lexington and Richland Counties, past the towns of Piedmont, West Pelzer, Pelzer, Ware Shoals and West Columbia. It joins the Broad River in Columbia to form the Congaree River.

 

Sandy River and its tributary the Little Sandy River are short rivers in north-central South Carolina in the United States. The Sandy is a tributary of the Broad River; via the Broad and Congaree Rivers, it is part of the watershed of the Santee River, which flows to the Atlantic Ocean. The Sandy River flows for nearly its entire length in Chester County. It rises near Lowrys, about 7 mi north-northwest of the town of Chester, and flows generally southwestwardly; about 1 mile of its lowermost course is used to define the boundary between Chester and Fairfield Counties. It flows into the Broad River from the east on this boundary, in the Sumter National Forest, about 3 miles southwest of the town of Carlisle.

 

Little Sandy River, also known historically as "Hueys Creek" and "Prices Fork", flows for its entire length in southern Chester County, rising about 5 miles south of the town of Chester and flowing westwardly to the Sandy River about 4 miles northeast of the Sandy's mouth at the Broad River

 

Lumber River, also known as the Lumbee River, is located in south-central North Carolina in the flat Coastal Plain. The river's headwaters are known as Drowning Creek, and the waterway known as the Lumber River extends downstream from the Scotland County-Hoke County border to the North Carolina-South Carolina border. Soon after crossing into South Carolina, the Lumber River flows into the Little Pee Dee River, which then flows into the Pee Dee River, or Great Pee Dee River, from there into Winyah Bay, and finally into the Atlantic Ocean.

 

Lynches River, named for Thomas Lynch, Jr., signer of the Declaration of Independence, rises in North Carolina near Waxhaw, North Carolina, at about 700 feet elevation, flowing only a short distance to the South Carolina border, and thence to join the Pee Dee River near Johnsonville. It is about 140 miles long.

This section of the river was an important gold, and minor iron mining area in the 19th century, with the first known gold being mined by placer in Lynches River and its tributaries near Pageland and Jefferson starting about 1828. Before the Civil War, 58 gold mines operated in South Carolina. With prices locked during the 20th century, the mines became unprofitable and all commercial mining ceased in the 1940s.

When the price of gold was released by the federal government, prices rose, and feasibility studies were begun on some of the old sites. At the Brewer gold mine, between Jefferson and Lynches River, it was deemed to have sufficient reserves to open it with modern machinery and technology. Between 1987 and 1991 the mine produced 118,000 troy ounces (3670 kg) of gold, by crushing the ore and leaching it with a cyanide solution to dissolve the gold. In 1990 an accidental spill released cyanide into Lynches River and 11,000 fish died. The mine was closed for a few months for cleanup and repair.

The river drops off the Piedmont between Bethune and McBee, cutting through the sand hills region, an old ocean shoreline with hills that are thought to be former beach dunes, now used for peach orchards and pine plantations. Near the river is the Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge and the Sandhills State Forest both in Chesterfield County.

At Bethune, South Carolina is the only bridge in the world that crosses the same river three times and the river does not fork. The Lynches river forms a large S at the place where US Highway #1 crosses the river one mile north of Bethune. As it passes Bishopville, South Carolina and Lynchburg, South Carolina, it flows through a traditional cotton farming belt. Bishopville is the site of the South Carolina Cotton Museum.

 

New River

 

Oolenoy River is a minor tributary of the Saluda River sourced near Sassafras Mtn. in northern Pickens County, SC. Approximately 37 miles in length, it empties into the South Fork Saluda River near the Pumpkintown Community. It is part of the Santee River System.

 

Pacolet River is a tributary of the Broad River, about 50 miles long, in northwestern South Carolina in the United States. One of its principal headwaters tributaries also drains a small portion of western North Carolina. Via the Broad and Congaree Rivers, it is part of the watershed of the Santee River, which flows to the Atlantic Ocean. The stream's name has also been spelled historically as "Pacolate River. The Pacolet is formed by the confluence of its short north and south forks:

The North Pacolet River rises in the Blue Ridge Mountains in southeastern Henderson County, North Carolina and flows eastwardly into Polk County, where it passes the town of Tryon and turns southeastwardly into northern Spartanburg County, South Carolina.

The South Pacolet River rises in northeastern Greenville County, South Carolina and flows eastwardly into northern Spartanburg County, where it passes the town of Campobello and is dammed to form William C. Bowen Lake. The two forks join 10 miles north-northeast of Spartanburg, and the Pacolet then flows generally southeastwardly, through or along the boundaries of Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union Counties, through Lake Blalock and past the town of Central Pacolet. It joins the Broad River on the common boundary of Cherokee and Union Counties, 4 miles north of the town of Lockhart. In Spartanburg County the Pacolet collects Lawsons Fork Creek, which historically has also been known as "Lawsons Fork of the Pacolet River". The creek flows for its entire length in Spartanburg County, passing through the city of Spartanburg.

 

Salkehatchie River originates near the City of Barnwell, South Carolina and accepts drainage from Turkey Creek and Whippy Swamp before merging with the Little Salkehatchie River to form the Combahee River Basin, which empties into Saint Helena Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. Prior to the confluence, the Little Salkehatchie River accepts drainage from Lemon Creek, Buckhead Creek, and Willow Swamp. Sherman marched across this river and the swamps surrounding it on his way to Columbia, South Carolina.

 

Saluda River is a principal tributary of the Congaree River, about 200 miles long, in northern and western South Carolina in the United States. Via the Congaree River, it is part of the watershed of the Santee River, which flows to the Atlantic Ocean. The Saluda River is formed about 10 mikes northwest of the city of Greenville, on the common boundary of Greenville and Pickens Counties, by the confluence of its north and south forks, each of which rises in the Blue Ridge Mountains very near the border of North Carolina:

The North Saluda River flows generally south-southwestwardly through northern Greenville County, past Marietta.

The South Saluda River flows generally southeastwardly on the Greenville-Pickens County border, receiving the Oolenoy River and the Middle Saluda River, which rises in Jones Gap State Park and flows generally southward through northwestern Greenville County.

From this confluence the Saluda River flows generally southeastwardly through the Piedmont region, through or along the boundaries of Pickens, Greenville, Anderson, Abbeville, Laurens, Greenwood, Newberry, Lexington and Richland Counties, past the towns of Piedmont, West Pelzer, Pelzer, Ware Shoals and West Columbia. It joins the Broad River in Columbia to form the Congaree River.

 

Sampit River begins in a swampy area of western Georgetown County, South Carolina, USA. It flows in an easterly direction to Winyah Bay at Georgetown. Only small crafts can navigate the upper parts of the river. The lower river merges into the bay and is deepened by tidal flows, and (to Georgetown harbor) by dredging.

 

Sandy River and its tributary the Little Sandy River are short rivers in north-central South Carolina in the United States. The Sandy is a tributary of the Broad River; via the Broad and Congaree Rivers, it is part of the watershed of the Santee River, which flows to the Atlantic Ocean. The Sandy River flows for nearly its entire length in Chester County. It rises near Lowrys, about 7 miles north-northwest of the town of Chester, and flows generally southwestwardly; about 1 miles of its lowermost course is used to define the boundary between Chester and Fairfield Counties. It flows into the Broad River from the east on this boundary, in the Sumter National Forest, about 3 miles southwest of the town of Carlisle.

 

Little Sandy River, also known historically as "Hueys Creek" and "Prices Fork", flows for its entire length in southern Chester County, rising about 5 miles south of the town of Chester and flowing westwardly to the Sandy River about 4 miles northeast of the Sandy's mouth at the Broad River.

 

Santee River is a river in South Carolina in the United States, 143 miles long.

 

Savannah River is a major river in the southeastern United States, forming most of the border between the states of South Carolina and Georgia. The river is around 350 miles long. It is formed by the confluence of the Tugaloo River and the Seneca River. Today this confluence is submerged beneath Lake Hartwell. At the northwest branch of the river is located Tallulah Gorge. The river is tidal at Savannah. Downstream, it broadens into an estuary before flowing into the Atlantic Ocean. The area where the river's estuary meets the ocean is known as Tybee Roads.

 

Seneca River is created by the confluence of the Keowee River and the Little River in northern South Carolina, just downriver from Lake Keowee. The Seneca River flows from the confluence into Lake Hartwell, a reservoir created by Hartwell Dam. Under the waters of Lake Hartwell the Seneca River joins the Tugaloo River to form the Savannah River. The Seneca River was in the heart of the Cherokee Lower Towns. A Cherokee town known as "Seneca" (or Isunigu) was on the banks of the river near the British Fort Prince George.

 

Stevens Creek

 

Stono River is a tidal channel in Southeast South Carolina, Southwest of Charleston.

 

Thompson River

 

Toxaway River flows south from headwaters in Transylvania County, North Carolina into Lake Toxaway and over Toxaway Falls, after which it crosses into South Carolina and enters Lake Jocassee, the reservoir behind Lake Jocassee Dam. In Lake Jocassee the Toxaway River is joined by the Whitewater River (Keowee River) to form the Keowee River. The confluence is submerged beneath the waters of Lake Jocassee.

 

Tugaloo River (originally Tugalo River) is a short river bordering the U.S. states of Georgia and South Carolina. It is fed by the Tallulah River and the Chattooga River, which each form an arm of Tugaloo Lake, on the edge of Georgia's Tallulah Gorge State Park. The Tugaloo then flows out of the lake via Tugaloo Dam, passing into Lake Yonah and out of Yonah Dam. The river then ends as an arm of Lake Hartwell, as does South Carolina's Seneca River. After flowing out of Hartwell Dam, it is called the Savannah River. Territorial claims to the river and its islands were settled with the Treaty of Beaufort in 1787, as interpreted in the two Georgia v. South Carolina cases before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1922 and 1989. The name of the river comes from Tugaloo, a Cherokee town that was located on the river near the mouth of Toccoa Creek.

 

Tyger River

 

Waccamaw River is a river, approximately 140 miles long, in southeastern North Carolina and eastern South Carolina in the United States. It drains an area of approximately 1110 square miles in the coastal plain along the eastern border between the two states into the Atlantic Ocean. Along its upper course it is a slow-moving blackwater river surrounded by vast wetlands, passable only by watercraft such as canoe. Along its lower course it is surrounded by sandy banks and old plantation homes, providing an important navigation channel with a unique geography, flowing roughly parallel to the ocean. The river rises in southern Bladen County in southeastern North Carolina. It flows south through Lake Waccamaw in the Green Swamp southeast of Whiteville, Columbus County, then through Brunswick County then generally southwest, parallel to the coastline and separated from the ocean by approximately 15 miles. It enters South Carolina and flows southwest across Horry County, past Conway. Near Burgess it is joined from Wando River is a tidewater river in the coastal area of South Carolina. It begins in Awendaw SC and empties into the Ashley River at the Charleston Harbor at downtown Charleston, South Carolina.

 

Wateree River is a river, about 75 miles long, in central South Carolina in the United States. It is a tributary of the Santee River, which flows to the Atlantic Ocean. The Wateree River is a continuation of the Catawba River, which flows from the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina; the Catawba and Wateree are the same river with different names assigned to sections of it. The name change occurs at Lake Wateree, which is formed by a hydroelectric dam in Kershaw County, South Carolina, about the point where Wateree Creek empties into it. The Wateree flows generally southward through Kershaw County and along the common boundary of Richland and Sumter Counties, past the town of Camden. It joins the Congaree River to form the Santee River about 35 miles southeast of Columbia.

 

Whitewater River flows south from headwaters in Transylvania County, North Carolina over Whitewater Falls and Lower Falls before crossing into South Carolina and entering Lake Jocassee, the reservoir behind Lake Jocassee Dam. In Lake Jocassee the Whitewater River is joined by the Toxaway River to form the Keowee River. The confluence is submerged beneath the waters of Lake Jocassee.



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