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Wateree (wôtərē´), river, c.395 mi (635 km) long, rising in the Blue Ridge, W N.C., as the Catawba River and flowing E past Hickory and then S past Charlotte into central N S.C. (becoming the Wateree below Great Falls) to the Congaree, which it joins to form the Santee SE of Columbia. The Cowans Ford Dam (completed 1964) in North Carolina and the Catawba Dam (1925) and Wateree Dam (1919) in South Carolina are among the several dams on the river.