Come join us on our 40 ft. pontoon boat The Osprey. She holds 30 passengers, so bring your family, friends, church groups, senior groups, scouts and school groups to us and enjoy an exciting voyage!
Choose from Eco-boat tours on Lake Marion, Lake Moultrie, The Pinopolis Lock, The Tailrace Canal and the Cooper River. Our scenic trips are fully narrated by an experienced Naturalist and are enjoyed by school groups, church groups, scout groups and family reunions. Curriculum based field trips available as well.
Narration includes cultural history of the Santee-Cooper Lakes, area folklore tales and natural history interpretation of the area wildlife flora and fauna. Each trip is very unique because we never know what we will see. It is always a wonderful journey as we explore sunken, flooded forests, wildlife refuges and unique places only accessible by boat.
Repeat customers love us, so be sure to call us for a reservation!
- Wildlife Swamp Tour – Regular Departures: Wed & Sat at 1 pm at Santee State Park (12:20 from Wyndham Resort) and Fri at 10 am at Santee State Park (9:20 am from Wyndham Resort). Other times available upon request.
- Wildlife Refuge Trip – Available upon request and availability.
- Historical Lock Trip – October, Wednesdays – Sundays (Mondays & Tuesdays available with a group of 10 or more), 10:00 am and 2:00 pm departures (next to Gilligan’s Restaurant in Moncks Corner)
- New! Polly’s Landing Sunset & Dinner Cruise – Saturday Evenings Coming Soon!
The Wildlife Swamp Tour is our original and most requested tour. It lasts approximately 2 hours round trip from Santee State Park and 3.25 hours round trip from Wyndham Resort. You can anticipate seeing pristine wildlife including several species of wetland wading birds including egrets and herons, as well as anhingas, ducks, and neo-tropical migrating songbirds. Along the way we’ll journey through “Osprey Village” where we view over 20 osprey nests in the middle of the swamp. Occasional alligators and lots of turtles can also be seen. The voyage meanders through a Bald Cypress and Water Tupelo Forest that is absolutely beautiful. We’ve been conducting this tour for over 23 years and repeat customers come back year after year!
The Wildlife Refuge Trip is a nice two hour trip that can be extended to three. We explore the waters surrounding the Santee National Wildlife Refuge “Plantation Islands” and view the famous and historic Santee Indian Ceremonial and Burial Mound. Included is Revolutionary War ruins and stories of the Swamp Fox himself, General Francis Marion. On this trip we’ll also explore Scotts Lake and the Jacks Creek area where wildlife abounds in a beautiful bald cypress flooded forest. This is also a great trip for birders.
Historic Locks Trip – The Santee-Cooper Locks in Pinopolis, SC are an engineering marvel. They were constructed during the building of the Santee-Cooper Project which began in 1939 and were completed in November of 1941, one month before the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Locks were built to handle elevation changes on a river for transportation of vessels. Lake Moultrie water level at full stage is 75.5′ above sea level, but is only about 30 miles upstream from the ocean. Originally they had planned to build a number of locks encompassing 7 1/2 separate locks each with a 10′ drop to arrive at sea level. Instead, they decided to do it all at one time with this incredible engineering masterpiece, which was at that time, the world’s tallest single-lift lock.
Polly’s Landing Cocktail, Dinner & Sunset Cruise Join us for our newest offering! Coming Soon….
Kayaking, Canoeing or Paddleboarding! Looking to paddle while you’re here? Visit our on-site paddling location at Santee State Park or rent one from Wyndham www.PaddleSantee.com