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Lake Marion | A Kayak Adventure Through History

General Francis Marion AKA "The Swamp Fox"

The "Swamp Fox" Trail

Hike along a low country trail winding its way through some of the low country and listen to the historical narrative of General Francis Marion, aka, “The Swamp Fox”. This short hike will include a visit to General Francis Marion’s tomb. 

Underwater Ghost Town

Explore and paddle over the swallowed town of Ferguson. After the completion of the Lake Marion dam, this once bustling town backed by lumber production, is now just a relic of the past sitting at the shallow bottom of Lake Marion.

Cypress Village

When the dam at Lake Marion was completed, it resulted in some of the most unique cypress forest characteristics in South Carolina. Paddle through aging Cypress and navigate around shallow underwater stumps left behind by the Santee Cypress Company after its relatively abrupt closure. 

Trip Availabilities

Rates & Booking Info:

  • Dates: April 14-18, 2024 & May 12-16, 2024

  • Regular Price: $525/person (Members save up to $105 w/ code)

  • Tent Site w/ Water & Electric Included

  • Two tents permitted per site

  • Minimum Occupancy: 6 guest | Max Occupancy: 10 Guest

Included Features:

  • 4 Nights at Santee State Park

  • Water and Electric at each site

  • Campfire at host site

  • 4 Camping Style Dinners

  • 4 Continental Style Breakfast (Fresh Fruit and/or Breakfast bars)

  • 2 days of adventure kayak trips including a scenic cypress village paddle and a historical narrative paddle of the underwater town of Ferguson.

  • 1 day for an Interpretive historical hiking trail of General Francis Marion AKA “The Swamp Fox”

  • All Kayaking equipment and shuttling for trips

Additional Options (Tent Rentals):

Tent Rentals

  • Basic Tent Rental:

    Includes set up and take down of a  4 person tent all to your self. There is enough interior height to comfortably sit on your air mattress but, if you are looking for standing height check out the premium tent with a 6 1/2 foot interior clearance and more space!

  • Premium Tent Rental:
    This tent is a large 6 person and has a high clearance for easy standing inside the tent. Like the basic it includes all set up and take down.
  • “The Lauire Package” Tent Rental

    The Red Carpet Treatment…  Includes all the bells and whistles of tent glamping. Enjoy a taste of home with a high clearance tent adorned with floor rugs, luxury air mattress, and other comfort items to add a slice of luxury, style, and “bougie” comfort during your stay. All set up and take down is, of course, included.

Trip Itinerary & Dinner Menu:

Itinerary can be changed, altered, or modified with or with out notice. Trip is planned based on conditions of the river and weather. Kayak trips will go rain or shine but be cancelled in the event of hazardous weather.

Day 1: Check in time 4pm

4:00pm: Arrive at Campsite to check in and organize your tent/site.
6:00pm: Meet at host site for Welcome Orientation
7:00pm: Dinner: Grandma Morrow’s Old Fashioned Bar-B-Que Sandwiches with Broccoli Cheese Soup (Included)
8:30pm: “Bush T.V. and s’mores at host campsite (Included)
10:00pm: Quiet Hours

Day 2: Historical Narrated Kayak Tour of Ferguson

7:30-8:30am: Continental Style Breakfast (Included)
9:00am: Depart for Lake Marion
12:00-1:00pm: Island Lunch Break (Meal Not Included)
3:00pm: Return from paddle trip
4:30pm: Return to camp
6:30pm: Dinner: Pork Tacos w/ Lime Cilantro Rice, Pico de’ Gallo & fixin’s (Included)
7:30pm: “Bush T.V. and s’mores at host campsite (Included)
10:00pm: Quiet Hours

Day 3: Interpretive historical nature hike

9:00am: Continental Style Breakfast (Included)
10:30am: “Swamp Fox” Historical narrative and nature hike.
12:30pm: Trail Lunch Break (Meal not included)
3:00pm: Completion of day hike.
6:30pm: Dinner: Turkey Meatball Spaghetti, Spinach Salad, & Garlic Bread (Included)
8:00pm: Bush T.V. and s’mores at host campsite. (Included)
10:00pm: Quiet Hours

Day 4: Scenic Cypress Village Adventure Paddle

7:30-8:30am: Continental Style Breakfast (Included)
9:00am: Depart for kayak tour
10:00am: Cypress Village Kayak Tour
12:00-1:00pm: Lunch Break (Meal not Included)
3:30pm: Completion of Cypress Village Kayak Tour
7:00pm: Dinner: Beef Fajita Foil Packet- build your own. (Included)
8:00pm: Bush T.V. and s’mores at host campsite. (Included)
10:00pm: Quiet Hours

Day 5: Check Out 10:00am


8:00am: Continental Style Breakfast (Included)
10:00am: Depart/Check Out


Have any questions? We are ready to answer any questions, but we won’t spill the beans on this fascinating southern history. You’ll have to sign up for that!

5 thoughts on “Lake Marion | A Kayak Adventure Through History”

    1. This one is going to be GREAT! I am excited to share some fascinating history and have some beautiful kayak adventures! Not to mention, EVERYONE will have electric sites!

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