South Carolina Canals - The Known Canals

To date, there isn't very much information about the canals of South Carolina available. If you search the 'Net for canals, you may find many of those listed below with maps showing their locations - but, you will not find much "history" about any of them except the ones that are highlighted and can be clicked on for additional information. If anyone knows of more canals or has any information on those not highlighted, please contact the Author. All help is greatly appreciated.

Canal

County

Length

Started

Completed

Notes

Atkins Drainage Canal

Lee

-

-

-
-

Banknight's Canal

unknown

-

-

-
-

Boyd's Canal

Horry

-

-

-
-

Bulltown Ditch

Berkeley

-

-

-
-

Catawba Canal

Chester

3 mi

1820

1823
aka Fishing Creek Canal

Catfish Canal

Marion

-

-

-
-

Clydesdale Canal

Jasper

-

-

-
-

Columbia Canal

Richland

3 mi

1820

1824
Rebuilt 1888-91 for hydroelectric power

Dreher's Canal

Lexington

1 mi

1820

1821
-

Estherville Minim Creek Canal

Georgetown

-

1889

1903
aka Santee River Canal. Replaced Winyah Bay Canal but at different location

Fenwick's Island Cut

Colleton

-

-

1906
Connected South Edisto River to Ashepoo River. Part of the Intracoastal Wateray.

Fivemile Viaduct

Charleston

-

-

-
-

Fourmile Creek Canal

Georgetown

-

-

1936
Part of Intracoastal Waterway construction

Fox Swamp Canal

Dillon

-

-

-
-

Gilles Ditch

Kershaw

-

-

-
-

Hester Canal

Berkeley

-

-

-
-

High Hill Drainage Canal

Florence

-

-

-
-

Isaac Jennings Canal

Orangeburg

-

-

-
-

Jeffries Ditch

Darlington

-

-

-
-

Jumping Gully

Kershaw

-

-

-
-

Kingstree Swamp Canal

Williamsburg

-

-

-
-

Landsford Canal

Chester

2 mi

1820

1823
-

Lockhart Canal

Union

2 mi

1820

1823
-

Lorick's Canal

Newberry

<1 mi

1823

1824
-

Lucknow Canal

Jasper

-

-

-
-

Main Line Ditch

Richland

-

-

-
-

Matthews Canal

Colleton

-

-

-
-

Mosquito Creek Canal

Georgetown

-

-

-
-

Moultrie Canal

Berkeley

-

-

-
-

Murry Hill Canal

Jasper

-

-

-
-

Old Santee Canal

Berkeley

22 mi

1793

1800
aka Santee and Cooper Canal

Ophir Canal

Berkeley

-

-

-
-

Pinopolis Lock & Diversion Canal

Berkeley

3 mi

1938

1942
-

Polk Swamp Canal

Florence

-

-

-
-

Rockfish Canal

Georgetown

-

-

-
-

Rocky Mount Canal

Chester

5 mi

1820

1828
aka Great Falls Canal

Saluda Canal

Lexington

3 mi

1820

1821
-

Santee Canal

Berkeley

-

-

-
Not the same as Old Santee Canal

Sevenmile Viaduct

Charleston

-

-

-
-

Shubra Canal

Jasper

-

-

-
-

Switzerland Canal

Jasper

-

-

-
-

Tailrace Canal

Richland

-

-

-
-

Taylor Canal

Jasper

-

-

-
-

Wappoo Cut

Charleston

-

1881

1929
First cut in 1881, it was enlarged in 1929 as part of the Intracoastal Waterway

Wateree Canal

Kershaw

5 mi

1820

1826
-

Winyah Canal

Georgetown

7.5 mi

-

<1822
aka Winyaw Canal


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