Wateree River
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Wateree River
Wateree River
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Wateree River from the Palmetto Trail near Eastover, SC
The Wateree River
CountryUnited States
StatesSouth Carolina
CitiesCamden, SC, Lugoff, SC
Physical characteristics
SourceCatawba River, Lake Wateree
 • locationImmediately downstream of the Wateree Dam
 • coordinates34°20?10.55?N 80°42?01.60?W / 34.3362639°N 80.7004444°W / 34.3362639; -80.7004444
MouthSantee River
 • location
Near Fort Motte, SC
 • coordinates
33°44?31.78?N 80°37?02.42?W / 33.7421611°N 80.6173389°W / 33.7421611; -80.6173389
 • elevation
0 ft (0 m)
Length75 mi (121 km)}[1]

The Wateree River, about 75 mi (120 km) long, is a tributary of the Santee River in central South Carolina in the United States, which flows to the Atlantic Ocean. Its name recalls the now-extinct Wateree Native Americans, who lived in the area until displaced by European settlers.[2]


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 the point where Wateree Creek empties into Lake Wateree which is formed by Wateree Hydro Station Dam, a Duke Energy hydroelectric dam, in Kershaw County, South Carolina. 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 mi (55 km) southeast of Columbia.


The following is a list of crossings along the short length of the Wateree

See also


  1. ^ "Wateree River". Visit Camden. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ Swanton, John Reed (1952). The Indian Tribes of North America. US Government Printing Office. p. 102. ISBN 978-0-8063-1730-4.


Further reading

  • Lewis, Kenneth E. The Carolina Backcountry Venture: Tradition, Capital, and Circumstance in the Development of Camden and the Wateree Valley, 1740--1810 (University of South Carolina Press, 2017. xviii, 436 pp.

Coordinates: 33°44?39?N 80°37?9?W / 33.74417°N 80.61917°W / 33.74417; -80.61917

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