Camping and Cabins
You can pitch a tent or bring your RV to camp at either the west or east side of the park. Each campsite features a picnic table, electrical, and water hookups. Showers and restrooms are conveniently located in each camping area.
If you’d rather stay indoors, you can reserve one of the park’s 10 cabins at the water’s edge. They all have two bedrooms, a kitchen, bathroom, and living room. They also feature a patio with a picnic table and grill.
Check the availability of campsites and cabins here. You can reserve the one that most appeals to you.
Before you arrive in the park, stop at a grocery store to load up on snacks, grill food, hot dogs, and s’more ingredients. Then, stop at the Cypress Landing park store for firewood. Then, you’ll be all set to settle into your campsite or cabin and enjoy an authentic camping meal complete with dessert.
You have a number of choices as to how to spend your day at Santee State Park. You can fish for bass, bream, crappie, and catfish. Besides visiting the water’s edge, you can take advantage of the handicap accessible pier. You’ll love sunrise fishing off the pier. If you’re a visitor to the state, you can make your fishing trip legal by getting a fishing license at Santee Park visitors’ center.
You can also visit the park’s most unique attraction by taking a Fisheagle Tours’ boating trip to the flooded cypress forest in the middle of Lake Marion. The tour leaves from the main dock and will take you not only to the flooded forest but all around the lake, pointing out alligators and other wildlife indigenous to the park.
Take your own tour by renting a canoe or kayak from Nature Adventure Outfitters. If you have your own boat, you can launch from one of two ramps. Visitors can also swim the lake in designated areas with the most popular spot being next to the Cypress View Campground.
When you want a break from water fun, take a hike through the woods along the Sinkhole Pond Trail and see the limestone sinkhole. Or you can ride on the biking trail, play tennis, search for geocaches, or send the kids to one of three playgrounds.
You can head back to camp for lunch or take advantage of one of the park’s six picnic shelters. Reserve them for your group for a small fee or duck in one that no one is using for free.
Build a fire in the evening or engage in another round of fishing. The cooler waters at night make the catfish more active.
End your visit by packing up and then taking a walk down the park’s Limestone Nature Trail. It’s an easy mile-long stroll where you’ll see a variety of wildflowers and possibly some white-tailed deer, red-headed woodpeckers, ospreys, and rabbits.
You’ll leave Santee State Park refreshed and looking forward to your next weekend opportunity to visit.
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