Waccamaw River Kayak-Camp

Event Date: 
Fri, Apr 11 (All day) to Sun, Apr 13 (All day)

When:             Friday April 11 through Sunday April 13, 2014

Details:           Waccamaw River.  (I have scouted the access points, which does not mean much after the Lynches River last fall!  I have not been on this river.)  This is a car/kayak riverside camp.  Rated easy.  This is a slow-moving, flat, black water river not expected to exceed 100 ft in width.  No particular kayaking skills required.


                        I have one extra boat and gear for the first person to claim.


            The river flows out of Lake Waccamaw.  The lake and river draw the name from the Waccamaw Indians.  The beginning section of the river that we will paddle loops through coastal plain, pine and hardwood uplands, cypress and extensive swamps.


We will meet at Access "A" on NC 904 east of Pireway, NC, at 12:00 noon.  We will set the shuttle for a take-out at SC 638.  This is a distance of appx 25 miles.  An option, depending on water levels, is to put-in at Wortham’s landing 11 miles downstream from Access A and extend the paddle to SC 31, appx 25 miles.  This info is from “Paddling SC” by Gene Able.  See also www.sctrails.net/trails/alltrails/watertrails/WaccamawRiver.html and http://www.americanrivers.org/assets/pdfs/blue-trails/waccamaw-river-map.pdf


We will paddle Friday until 4:00 or 5:00 pm to find a good spot for an overnight camp site.  This section of the river is narrow, winding and may have some downfalls.  My guess, with setting the shuttle, we will paddle 4 to 5 miles this day.  This will leave approximately 12 to 14 miles for Saturday and roughly 6 miles for Sunday morning.


Saturday we will paddle until late in the afternoon to find a good overnight camp site.  This will leave us the roughly 6 miles on Sunday to our take-out.  We will reverse the shuttle and head home.


            Average temperature for the area is 75 and 46.  Early April should be prior to the bad bug season.  Snakes, of course, are always present in these waters.  No alligators are reported this far up the river.


            Group size is limited.  More information on the Sierra Club web page http://northcarolina.sierraclub.org/  $25 refundable-at-the-river deposit required.

Directions: More details and maps upon inquiry.

Contact Information: Jerry Weston Jweston@gbwlaw.com most mornings or takeahike@earthlink.net (home and checked in the afternoons before 5:00 p.m.)

or 336-856-1431. Telephone calls before 9:00 PM please.