Saturday, October 4, 2014

Dingle Pond - Wildlife Refuge near Summerton, S.C.

Dingle Pond is the smallest unit of the Santee National Wildlife Refuge, encompassing approximately 350 acres of a unique 'depressional' wetland. It is located near the town of Summerton in Clarendon County, S.C.

Dingle Pond is one of the many unusual wetland formations known as Carolina Bays concentrated along the Mid-Atlantic coastal seaboard of the U.S. The origins of the Carolina Bays are still a mystery. Nobody knows for sure what formed these eliptical depressions in the ground, though some speculate they were formed by the impact of asteroids.

A short hiking trail runs beside Dingle Pond, with a raised observation platform next to it which provides some wonderful views of the wetlands and the wildlife in the area. The area is home to a variety of wildlife species including alligators, wood ducks, mallards, great blue herons, numerous songbirds, and other wading birds.

Several campgrounds are located near Dingle Pond, e.g. Polly's Landing, Palmetto Shores RV Resort, Santee Lakes Campground. A development composed of luxury condos and home sites called North Shore Villas is located on Lake Marion, adjacent to Dingle Pond.

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