Thomas Guide: 1231: A-4 Map
The Santee Lakes were created in the 1960s as one of the very first water recycling projects in the nation. Today this series of 7 lakes, the site of a previous quarry operation, has become one of the region’s very best birding and bird photography locations. It is one of the most reliable places in the county to see Ring-necked Ducks and Wood Ducks, as well as, Osprey, Gulls, Kingbirds, Teal, Wigeons, and wintering warblers. Watch the pond islands for egrets, heron, and possibly Bitterns. Kingfishers are usually heard first, and then seen. Easy, flat walking. Restrooms available.