Little Pee Dee Scenic River

Project Overview

Little Pee Dee River

The Little Pee Dee is an outstanding example of a Coastal Plain blackwater river in South Carolina. Fourteen (14) miles of the lower Little Pee Dee River from Highway 378 to the confluence with the Great Pee Dee River were designated a State Scenic River in March of 1990 by the Legislature. The tea-colored water, cypress-tupelo swamps, lakes, white sand stream-bottoms and beaches characterize this river section.

Fishers pursue bluegill, largemouth bass, crappie, and catfish. The most popular fishing activity is for the redbreast sunfish in the spring. Recreational boating, in canoes and small power boats, is popular year round. Camping spots can be found on sand beaches and ridges along the river.

Other sections of the Little Pee Dee River system have been considered for State Scenic River designation. Immediately upstream of Highway 378, an additional 64-mile section of the Little Pee Dee River was determined eligible for scenic river status in 1997 but was never officially designated. Further upstream, the Little Pee Dee in Dillon County (a 48-mile section) was designated a Scenic River in 2005. In addition, there is the Great Pee Dee Scenic River, designated in 2002, which adjoins the lower Little Pee Dee and extends 70-miles from Highway 378 to Highway 17 at Winyah Bay.

Advisory Council

The Department of Natural Resources has merged the management of two State Scenic Rivers, the lower Little Pee Dee and the Great Pee Dee, into one project with one functioning advisory council to assist and advise in the management of these two adjoining rivers. The combined advisory council is called the "Pee Dee Scenic River Advisory Council" and includes members representing river-bordering landowners, rivers users, and community interests associated with both scenic rivers. Go to the Great Pee Dee Scenic River page to find information about the advisory council members and their activities.

Recreational Access / Boat Landings

There are currently five public access points on the lower Little Pee Dee Scenic River.


Little Pee Dee Scenic River Project
Bill Marshall
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
P.O. Box 167
Columbia, SC 29202
Telephone: (803) 734-9096
Fax: (803) 734-9200