The Wateree is named after the Native Americans who lived in the area prior to European colonization.
Beginning at the conjunction of the Catawba River and Wateree Creek in northwest Kershaw County, the 75 mile long Wateree River flows south past Camden and eventually joins with the Congaree River.
The Wateree River is truly unique in its diversity. The highlight of the upper section is the City of Camden and it's numerous historic sites and burial mounds, some dating back over a thousand years. Downstream of Camden, are miles of undisturbed wilderness where a visitor can paddle for days without encountering another person.
Public boat landings are located at US 1 / US 601 bridge in Kershaw County and at US 378 / US 76 bridge. Public access to non-motorized boats can be found in Camden at the Wateree River Veterans Park and the Camden Riverfront Environmental Park, and at the end of Tail Race Road in the Lugoff area.