Canoeing & Kayaking

Canoeing is a paddle sport in which you kneel or sit facing forward in an open or closed-decked canoe, and propel yourself with a single-bladed paddle. Canoeing was once the primary mode of long-distance transportation throughout much of North America.

Kayaking involves the use of a kayak for travelling across bodies of water. It is distinguished from canoeing by the sitting position of the paddler and the number of blades on the paddle. In a kayak the paddler faces forward, legs in front, using a double-bladed paddle. Most kayaks also have closed decks.

When you visit the Summerton area and nearby Lake Marion, you will find many waterways to explore in your canoe or kayak, e.g. rivers, creeks, islands, swamps. Key bodies of water to explore in this region include:

* Read about the "SC Scenic Rivers Program Favorite Canoe-Kayak Trails". Also, check out Blueway Adventure Kayak Tours.

Annual North Shore Kayaking Race on Lake Marion

* Kayak, canoe, and paddleboard rentals by Paddle Santee now available at Santee State Park. Also, check out the other boat rentals on Santee Cooper Country web site.

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