Santee River facts for kids
The Santee River is a river of South Carolina in the United States, 143 mi (230 km long). The Santee and its tributaries give the main drainage and navigation for the central coastal plain of South Carolina, emptying into the Atlantic Ocean about 440 mi (710 km) from its farthest headwater on the Catawba River in North Carolina. Much of the upper river is in the expansive horn-shaped Lake Marion reservoir. The reservoir is made by the 8 mi (13 km) long Santee Dam. The dam was built during the 1930s as a WPA project to give a major source of hydroelectric power for the state.
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Interstate 95 bridge-causeway over Lake Marion at Santee, SC; the old (bypassed road) bridge/causeway is used as fishing pier. Man-made Lake Marion was dammed in the thirties, creating the lake in the middle of the rolling farmlands, forests, and marshes of the Santee River valley. The upper river terminates in the lake today near Santee, SC. The lake has shallow and medium-depth habitats, creating a fertile environment for water-dependent species. Lake Marion is famous for trophy quality game fish, especially both small and large mouth bass.
A grand old bald cypress tree in the Santee River valley, near Andrews, South Carolina
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