The Wateree River
|Cities||Camden, SC, Lugoff, SC|
|Source||Catawba River, Lake Wateree|
|• location||Immediately downstream of the Wateree Dam|
|Near Fort Motte, SC|
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|Length||75 mi (121 km)}|
The Wateree River, about 75 mi (120 km) long, is a tributary of the Santee River in central South Carolina in the United States, which flows to the Atlantic Ocean. Its name recalls the now-extinct Wateree Native Americans, who lived in the area until displaced by European settlers.
The Wateree River is a continuation of the Catawba River, which flows from the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina; the Catawba and Wateree are the same river with different names assigned to sections of it. The name change occurs at the point where Wateree Creek empties into Lake Wateree which is formed by Wateree Hydro Station Dam, a Duke Energy hydroelectric dam, in Kershaw County, South Carolina. The Wateree flows generally southward through Kershaw County and along the common boundary of Richland and Sumter counties, past the town of Camden. It joins the Congaree River to form the Santee River about 35 mi (55 km) southeast of Columbia.
The following is a list of crossings along the short length of the Wateree
- US 1/US 601 in Camden & Lugoff
- Railroad bridge in Camden
- Interstate 20 in Camden
- Garner's Ferry Road US 378 near Stateburg
- Two railroad bridges near the confluence with the Congaree River near Eastover
- Columbia Gazetteer of North America entry
- DeLorme (1998). South Carolina Atlas & Gazetteer. Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. ISBN 0-89933-237-4.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Wateree River, retrieved 6 February 2006
- Lewis, Kenneth E. The Carolina Backcountry Venture: Tradition, Capital, and Circumstance in the Development of Camden and the Wateree Valley, 1740—1810 (University of South Carolina Press, 2017. xviii, 436 pp.