Santee, South Carolina

At a Glance

Santee, SCSantee is located in one of the world’s finest and most varied sport fishing and recreation areas, the Santee-Cooper Lakes region. Santee offers plenty of southern charm yet a suprising amount of family activity year round.

Places to Stay

The heart of commercial activity in Santee is right at I-95, exit 98. There are over 15 motels located within 1 mile of this exit. Several of the major chains ( Best Western, Comfort Inn, Days Inn, Ramada, and Super 8 ) as well as a number of locally owned establishments can be found.

If you’re a camper, there are plenty of public and private camping and RV parks here too! Santee Lakes Campground (I-95, exit 102), Lake Marion Resort and Santee State Park (i-95, exit 98) are close by.

Places to Eat

Over two dozen restaurants are located right off I-95, exit 98. Besides the fast-food chains there are a number of fine local restaurants. Jake’s Steaks & Ribs and Randazzo’s Italian & Seafood Restaurant a just two. I recommend Clark’s Family Restaurant (located at Clark’s Inn). They have excellent meals at very reasonable prices!

Places to Go

If you love fishing or recreational boating, you’ll be in heaven in Santee. But if that’s not your thing there’s still plenty to see and do here. For the golfer there’s Santee-Cooper Resort, Chapel Creek Plantation, Lake Marion Golf Club, and Santee-Cooper Country Club accessible from I-95, exit 98.

How about Outlet Shopping? The Santee Factory Stores (exit 98) is home to dozens of famous name outlets. If a slower pace is more your style, visit The Santee National Wildlife Refuge (I-95, exit 102). It has a foot trail and observation tower as well as a Visitor’s Center offering information and interpretive exhibits.

Fort Watson (3 miles north of Santee on US 301) is a great place to get a panoramic view of Santee-Cooper and the countryside.

Getting Around

Getting around is pretty simple. I-95 runs north-south and exits 102, 98, 97, and 93 will get you to Santee. Exit 98, however is the main one. The lakes are located both east and west of I-95.


Need more? Try these links for additional information about Santee, South Carolina.

The I-95 Exit Information Guide
“Flat out, the single best website for auto travelers on the Net” — Yahoo’s Internet Life Magazine.

Santee Cooper Country Visitor’s Guide
All kinds of information about the Santee-Cooper area from the region’s promotions commission.

Center For Carolina Living
If you’re interested in the Carolinas it’s here! This site showcases the Carolinas as a great destination for visiting, living, job opportunities and doing business!

Comments 5

  • Is the Wings and Wheels museum in Santee still open?

  • It has been awhile since we visited Santee but when there we found it very friendly and interesting. We stopped at Clark’s Inn, which we would recommend, and will stop the next time we are there. Very friendly people there and a very good meal.
    Would like to explore it a little more next time. We were a little disappointed in the outlet mall as there didn’t seem to be many stores open.

  • Santee is one of those towns that runs on people traveling down I 95, I myself am a small business owner in Santee and know my business thrives on all of the lovely travelers. Stop in at Craig’s place cafe and deli next time your in Santee! Located a 1/4 mile to the left if you are traveling North bound,1/4 mile right if you are traveling south. Drive safe!

  • Where do I have the best chance of getting into Crappies and catfish while in Santee?

  • I have stopped multiple times at the Best Western right off of exit 98 on I-95 in Santee. Nice place, friendly people, clean rooms, nice pool. You can’t ask for more.

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