Santee National Wildlife Refuge

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Santee National Wildlife Refuge

South Carolina

(803) 478-2217

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Santee National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1942 to alleviate the loss of natural waterfowl and wildlife habitat caused by the construction of hydro-electric projects on the Santee and Cooper Rivers. Stretching for eighteen miles along the northern shore of Lake Marion, the refuge protects 15,095 acres in four different units (Bluff, Dingle Pond, Pine Island, and Cuddo) within the upper coastal plain region of Clarendon County, South Carolina.

Map of Santee NWR

Latitude, Longitude: 33.499678, -80.301905



  • Boating

    All areas open to boating are also open to fishing.

  • Bird Watching

    The refuge 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.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    An auto tour route is on site.

  • Fishing

    All areas open to boating are also open to fishing, as well as the Scott's Lake Public Fishing Beach. These areas produce largemouth bass, catfish and bream. All Federal and State regulations are in effect. For more information, contact the refuge.

  • Hiking

    Hiking trails provide the oppurtunitiy to observe and photograph wildlife.

  • Historic Sites

    Every year birders and naturalists flock to Santee and the surrounding areas to take part in the only nature festival in the state of South Carolina. With field trips throughout the midlands of South Carolina, the festival is a great opportunity to spend the day or the whole weekend learning about wonderful natural places and their inhabitants.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is permitted on the refuge during refuge designated seasons. Deer, small game, and dove seasons are scheduled yearly. Migratory bird hunting in the refuge is not permitted.


Visitor Center: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday

Refuge trails and grounds are open daily:

April through August 31 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

September 1 through March 31 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.



The office/visitor center is located just off of U. S. Highway 301/15, seven miles south of Summerton, S. C. Visitors may take Exit 102 on Interstate 95 and follow the signs.

Phone Numbers


(803) 478-2217