Santee Cooper country

Berkeley, Calhoun, Clarendon, Orangeburg and Sumter Counties

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Centered around the Santee Cooper lakes in South Caroline are four counties that offer a wealth of outdoor activities, as well as shopping, dining and golfing options that will make up the perfect family getaway. So, cast a reel into the lakes and come up with that large catch. Or, take time to explore the area's beautiful gardens and museums. Skywatchers will be thrilled when they head over to the I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium and explore the cosmos. The Santee Cooper Country is a region rich with natural wonders, history and modern luxuries brought together to create an impression that is sure to last.


Fisheagle Lake and Swamp Boat Tours

Enjoy a two-hour history and wildlife boat tour on Lake Marion, Lake Moultrie and the Pinolpolis Lock, Tailrace Canal and Cooper River. These tours are fully narrated so families can get a better understanding of the purpose of the Santee Cooper Lakes.

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Mepkin Abby

Located on the banks of the Cooper River, this Catholic monastery offers peace and beauty to those who visit it. Established in 1949, the monastery is open to the public.


Marinas and Campgrounds

Whether you are looking to do some boating or camping, you will have a wealth of options in Santee Cooper Country. There are 43 marinas and campgrounds located on the shores of Lakes Marion and Moultrie.


Don't forget to pack your clubs before making the trek to Santee Cooper Country. You will find 13 championship golf courses to practice your swing. Many have been ranked by Golf Digest's "Places to Play Guide".