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Boating / fishing

Trout fishing is available in Little Eastatoee Creek at Long Shoals Wayside Park (see above) and in the Cheohee River, which flows right by the rental cabin at the Piedmont Forestry Center (see above). Visitors who rent either the conference facilities or either of the rental cabins at the Piedmont Forestry Center can also fish for bass and bream on the property’s two-acre pond. A valid state freshwater fishing license is required to fish on Manchester State Forest. Fishing licenses can be purchased online through the SC Department of Natural Resources’ Online Customer Service Portal.


Poe Creek State Forest is included in the SC Department of Natural Resources’ (SCDNR) Wildlife Management Area (WMA) program as part of a cooperative agreement between SCDNR and the SC Forestry Commission. SCDNR sets and regulates the methods of harvest, bag limits and other requirements for hunting on WMA lands, including at Poe Creek.
Hunting seasons and regulations for Poe Creek State Forest are published in the SCDNR Rules and Regulations brochures.

All persons must wear international orange on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). A law passed in May 2015 requires deer hunters to wear international orange on all South Carolina WMAs. Specifically, the act requires that “all nonexempt persons must wear a hat, coat or vest of solid international orange while on Wildlife Management Area lands during deer hunting season.”
WMA regulations exempt persons hunting for dove, turkey, ducks, geese and other migratory birds, including crow, from the requirement of wearing international orange. All other persons on a WMA during deer season
must wear international orange.

Activities NOT allowed on Poe Creek State Forest

  • Drugs or alcoholic beverages
  • Camping
  • Picking or cutting plants
  • Firearms (while riding or hiking)
  • Fireworks
  • Pets (unless on a leash)
  • Littering