Your Guide To Fall Festivities in Santee Cooper Country

There’s nothing quite like fall in Santee Cooper Country. No matter which counties you choose to visit, we guarantee delicious meals, beautiful scenery, and an abundance of history to delve into. There’s a little something for everyone to enjoy as we enter a season of changing leaves and fresh, crisp, South Carolina air. We’ve outlined some of our must-do autumn adventures and even gathered a list of accommodations to ensure you fall in love with Santee Cooper Country.

Lunch With Your Best Friend at Halls Chophouse

In partnership with Santee Cooper County
Written by Jane Powell, Executive Director, Santee Cooper County

Last week I had a wonderful experience having lunch at Halls Chophouse in Summerville with my daughter, who happens to be my best friend. Locals know that Halls is known in South Carolina for exceptional good service and southern hospitality, and to die for delicious food. What people may not realize is that even non-protein picky eaters (a.k.a. my daughter) have delicious options to choose from off the menu.

84+ pound catfish is new bowfishing world record

Stuart Vandyke arrowed the fish on Jan. 6, 2023

Stuart Vandyke of Eutawville, SC was happy for his friend David Ard, who arrowed an 80-pound catfish at Santee on Dec. 22, 2022. That fish set the new bowfishing South Carolina State and World records according to the Bowfishing Association of America.

Almost a Fly-Fishing Story

I had gone to Santee Cooper in early June with the intention of catching bluegill on my fly rod. Fishing with Kevin Davis out of Blacks Camp, I had no doubts my host would put me on fish. My objective was to fish spawning beds in a few feet of water with a popper and wet-fly dropper. Santee Cooper Is The Best Place You’ve Never Been for Great Fishing, Swamp Fox Tales, and World-Class Golf

2022 Crappie Camp at Clarendon Club

Fishing for crappie on the Santee Cooper Lakes in the Fall is always a good idea, especially if you can stay in ‘Fish Camp’ for a couple of nights to really dial in on the fish.

What began with a phone call from Capt. Joe Dennis, ended up with a chance to fish with Pro Angler Whitey Outlaw and his son Matt, filming for an episode of Father And Son Outdoors TV show. These two Outlaws caught crappie so fast, one after the other from the front of the boat, it was like an Army Drill instructor calling out Left, Right, Left, Right as they took turns reeling in a crappie.

Santee Cooper South Carolina with Ginger Warder

Santee Cooper Is The Best Place You’ve Never Been for Great Fishing, Swamp Fox Tales, and World-Class Golf

By Ginger Warder
Senior Travel Writer

When you think of visiting South Carolina, you may think of three places: Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach, or historic Charleston. And these are all wonderful destinations.
But South Carolina also has an intriguing off-the-beaten-path region that will appeal to outdoor lovers of all sorts, whether they are fishermen, golfers, campers or history buffs. Welcome to Santee Cooper Country.  Read more>>

DNR Unsung Hero

Unsung Conservation Champions: Santee Cooper Country’s Mary Shriner

Santee Cooper Country Director Mary Shriner will retire this month after 35 years of promoting the outdoor travel adventures and natural resources available to visitors in the Santee Lakes region of South Carolina. Needless to say, she’s seen a few changes during that time.

by David Lucas

A Variety of Techniques Will Catch These Fish

– By Brian Cope

Striper season is open on the Santee-Cooper lake system, and the bite has been on fire. Anglers are catching these fish with a variety of methods.

Capt. Leroy Suggs, who fishes out of Blacks Camp on the Diversion Canal, prefers fishing on the lower lake. And he’s put his fishing parties on several 100-fish days already, despite the season being open for just over a week.

Hanahan Angler Catches 77.1 Lbs Santee Cooper Catfish

Hanahan angler catches 77-pound Santee Cooper catfish
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Angler was fishing for bass out of Black’s Camp
Jason Cribb of Hanahan, S.C. caught a 77.1-pound Arkansas blue catfish at Santee Cooper this past Wednesday, Oct. 30. He was targeting largemouth bass when he caught the big fish on a live herring in 20 feet of water.

Rev. War Cannon Returns

As we observe the 243rd year of our nation’s independence this month, a rare relic from the American Revolution is back home in Berkeley County. A British naval cannon, recovered by scuba divers from the Cooper River in the 1980s, returned July 9 to the Berkeley County Museum and Heritage Center and is again on public display. The museum is an attraction at Old Santee Canal Park. Conservators at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center in North Charleston recently completed the cannon’s nearly two-year restoration. The center is part of Clemson University’s Restoration Institute.