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National Wildlife Refuge

Photo of a Male Wood Duck taken by Dr. William Alexander
2125 Fort Watson Road
Summerton, SC   29148
E-mail: santee@fws.gov
Phone Number: 803-478-2217
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Male Wood Duck - Dr. Willam Alexander
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  Wildlife Observation and Photography
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On the Bluff Unit, visitors may use the one mile Wrights Bluff Nature Trail to get a closer look at wildlife. Field areas and an observation point alongside Cantey Bay are excellent vantage points for viewing waterfowl, wading birds and other species.

The Pine Island and Cuddo Units provide the greatest diversity of habitats (and thus species) of the four units. Pine Island is open only to foot traffic, but the Cuddo Unit has a 7-1/2 mile wildlife drive that affords visitors access to some of the better wildlife observation areas. Two hiking trails are also available. Using small boats or canoes is an excellent way to see a variety of wildlife species.

The Dingle Pond Unit is home to a Carolina Bay and provides unique habitat for several wetland species including alligators, wood ducks and other waterfowl, wading birds, and many songbirds. Visitors may park at a gate and walk a one- mile trail.

Good opportunities for photography often occur by staying in your car since wildlife may be less frightened by the presence of automobiles than by people walking in their vicinity. Many scenic areas along the shore of Lake Marion and from the nature trail along Cantey Bay present excellent photographic opportunities.

Some areas of all refuge units may be closed to public access to provide total sanctuary for wildlife during critical periods. To minimize wildlife disturbance, pets are not allowed on any of the trails.

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