FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 19, 2011
Forestry Commission Announces Expanded Fishing Opportunities at Wee Tee State Forest
Fridays to become "Youth Fishing Day"
(Columbia, SC)- The South Carolina Forestry Commission is pleased to announce that Wee Tee State Forest will be open an additional two days a week for fishing. Anglers who’ve enjoyed this picturesque bottomland forest on Wednesdays and Saturdays, may now cast their lines into the water on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays every week. Fridays are Wee Tee’s new “Youth Fishing Day”, so every adult over 18 years of age must be accompanied by a minor on this day.
Wee Tee State Forest is open on these days from sunrise to sunset. The forest is located in Williamsburg County approximately 20 miles south of Kingstree between Santee Road (County road 45) and the Santee River. The main entrance is on Santee Road immediately across from Sutton’s Methodist Church.
Acquired in January 2004, Wee Tee State Forest is owned by the S.C. Forestry Commission and is located in Williamsburg and Georgetown counties. Wee Tee contains more than 12 miles of Santee River frontage and is primarily bottomland hardwood and coastal flood plain habitats. Included on the property are a 200-acre lake and numerous ponds and oxbows. These bottomlands and aquatic systems provide excellent fish and wildlife habitat and provide South Carolinians and our state’s visitors with memorable recreational opportunities.
Most of Wee Tee State Forest’s 12,439 acres are located in the Santee River floodplain and subject to periodic flooding. The property contains two oxbow lakes - Wee Tee Lake and Ferry Lake. There is also a large freshwater spring located on the property near the upper end of Wee Tee Lake.
- Valid state fishing license required
- Electric motors only- no gasoline motors allowed
- All applicable size and possession limits will be enforced
The following are access points for folks wanting to fish at Wee Tee State Forest:
- Dirt road off Santee Road (County road 45) across from Sutton’s Methodist Church. This road provides access to Wee Tee Lake.
- Dirt road off US 17A/SC 41 on the north side of the Santee River. This road provides access to Ferry Lake.
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News editors, for more information contact Scott Hawkins at (803) 896-8820.
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