Pee Dee River

river in North and South Carolina, United States

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]

Pee Dee River
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Shad fishing in February, Pee Dee River, Yauhannah, South Carolina
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Pee Dee River watershed.
EtymologyPee Dee tribe
Location
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina, South Carolina
Physical characteristics
SourceConfluence of Uwharrie River and Yadkin River
 - locationNorth Carolina
 - coordinates35°22′51″N 80°3′29″W / 35.38083°N 80.05806°W / 35.38083; -80.05806[1]
 - elevation272.3 ft (83.0 m)
MouthWinyah Bay
 - locationSouth Carolina
 - coordinates34°43′16″N 79°52′54″W / 34.72111°N 79.88167°W / 34.72111; -79.88167Coordinates: 34°43′16″N 79°52′54″W / 34.72111°N 79.88167°W / 34.72111; -79.88167[1]
 - elevation0 ft (0 m)
Length232 mi (373 km)[2]
Discharge 
 - locationWinyah Bay
 - average15000 cfs

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Pee Dee River
  2. "The National Map". U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved Feb 14, 2011.
  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

Other websitesEdit

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