Pee Dee River

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Coordinates: 34°43′16″N 79°52′54″W / 34.72111°N 79.88167°W / 34.72111; -79.88167
Pee Dee River
Fishing in February, Pee Dee River, Yauhannah, South Carolina
Name origin: Pee Dee tribe
Country United States
States North Carolina, South Carolina
Source Confluence of Uwharrie River and Yadkin River
 - elevation 272.3 ft (83 m)
 - coordinates 35°22′51″N 80°3′29″W / 35.38083°N 80.05806°W / 35.38083; -80.05806 [1]
Mouth Winyah Bay
 - elevation ft (0 m)
 - coordinates 34°43′16″N 79°52′54″W / 34.72111°N 79.88167°W / 34.72111; -79.88167 [1]
Length 232 mi (373 km) [2]
Pee Dee River watershed.
Pee Dee River watershed.

The Pee Dee River, also called the Great Pee Dee River, is a river in North Carolina and South Carolina. It originates in the Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina. Its upper course, above the mouth of the Uwharrie River, is known as the Yadkin River. It has a number of dams for flood control and hydroelectric power. The lower part of the river is named Pee Dee (in colonial times written Pedee). It is named after the Native American Pee Dee people.[3] The Pee Dee region of South Carolina was named after either the tribe or the river. The first Europeans believed to have navigated part of the river was a party sent by Lucas Vázquez de Ayllón in 1521.[4] They named it "River of St. John the Baptist (Spanish: Rio de San Juan Bautista)."[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Pee Dee River
  2. "Great Pee Dee River Basin; Report No. 11" (PDF). United States Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  3. 'Scenic South Carolina: Autumn Angling on the Little Pee Dee', Field & Stream (Jan 1996), p. 69 ISSN 8755-8599
  4. Craig A. Doherty; Katherine M. Doherty, North Carolina (New York: Facts On File, 2005), p. 2
  5. Rod Gragg, Planters, Pirates, & Patriots (Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing, 2006), p. 11