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Upgrades and a new building were recently completed at Santee Cooper’s Amos Gourdine Boat Landing on Lake Moultrie at Russellville, located at the west end of Russellville Store Road. Upgrades include an enhanced boat launching area and a pavilion with metal tables, seats, electricity and restroom facilities. A dedication event for the landing was held May 20. It is named for former state Rep. Amos L. Gourdine. Near the landing is a swimming area which opened two years ago. Fishing, walking and running are activities that are ideal for visitors. The facility is open to the public free of charge. However, Santee Cooper should be contacted for renting of the pavilion. Call 843-761-4068. The fee is $25.
Open Sun. - Sat. 7am to 2pm
Boat Slips, Bait & Tackle, Gas & Oil, Launch Ramp, Food, Swimming, Swimming Pool, Camping, Internet, Guides, Fishing Pier, Dry Storage, Pets
Launch Ramp, Fishing Pier
336 Sanctuary Rd., Harleyville, SC 29448 Off I-26 Exit 177 through Harleyville and follow the signs Telephone: 843) 462-2150 Fax: (843) 462-2713 Website: www.beidlerforest.com Beidler Forest is the largest virgin cypress-tupelo swamp forest in the world. This 15,000 acres riverine sanctuary in the heart of Four Holes Swamp, embraces 1,800 acres of ancient trees that tower over blackwater streams, clear pools and 300 species of wildlife. A 1 3/4 mile long boardwalk, with nine rest stops and two rain shelters, takes visitors into the heart of the old-growth cypress-tupelo swamp. The swamp forest is home to 44 species of mammals, 140 species of birds, 39 species of fish, 50 species of reptiles, 40 species of amphibian and various creatures. Days & Hours of Operation: 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Thanksgiving, December 24, 25, 31 and New Year’s Day. Accessible to Handicapped: Yes Admission Charge: Yes Members free. Canoe trips, night walks and other activities available in season and by reservation.
Lodging, Swimming, Swimming Pool, Fishing Pier
305 Black Oak Rd., Bonneau, SC 29431 Telephone: (843) 825-3387 Fax: (843) 825-3382 Website: www.dnr.sc.gov In the spring, adult striped bass is captured in the canal just below the St. Stephen Dam using electrofishing devices that momentarily stun the fish, but do not kill them. Crews quickly move the fish to the hatchery for spawning. Over 25 million viable eggs are produced each year. Visitors can watch the capture of adult fish and view this spawning process during scheduled tours. Guided tours of the fish lift facility includes an underwater window to view fish as they pass into the Santee Cooper lakes on their annual migration. Species include American shad, blueback herring, striped bass and others. Days & Hours of Operation: March 15 through April 15 - 9:30am to 3:30pm. The fish lift is open to visitors from March 15 – April 15 each spring. Visitors must call in advance to make a reservation for a free tour. Reservations will be accepted beginning January for the upcoming season. Accessible to Handicapped: Yes Admission Charge: Adult n/a, Child n/a