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  Congaree river, SC
  Posted by: tjalmy on Jan-14-13 8:50 PM (EST)

I'm looking for more info and personal experience with the Congaree. Water levels, camping sites, fishing, etc. I've been reading about it, and kicking myself for not exploring it already. I've driven through the area so many times and not realized what's there.
I'd like to see the best of the area, an overnight or two on the river would be great. Can you recommend a trip? A two day, one night trip would perhaps be best to start with. What season is best? My next planned drive through SC will be in mid May.

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  The watery season
  Posted by: kayamedic on Jan-15-13 8:55 AM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Jan-15-13 9:31 AM EST --

Two years ago I traveled through there with the intention of doing a short paddle on Cedar Creek. Trouble is there was at most six inches of water in the creek.

I would check with NPS as to levels in Cedar Creek if you want to do it before you go

That link also has links to water gauge levels, and more importantly what they mean.

I also found this brief trip report right here

You will get more responses maybe if you post under advice..

that is unless you really are looking for company.

  Congaree .....
  Posted by: bgizmo48 on Jan-16-13 5:44 PM (EST)
My son lives in Columbia. He and I have paddled it a couple of times. The water level is determined by the opening and closing of the dam. He told me, you can camp along the river....just camp ABOVE the high water mark. The river is beautiful. There is a ramp above the zoo, then rapids, then calm, then IN Columbia, small rapids, then past the old locks, fairly calm water and city boat ramps. A good place to put in. Watch the water levels though. It goes up and down fairly quickly and always has a bit of current flowing. Good paddlin'!!!
  Tom, i'm trying to get another local
  Posted by: string on Jan-16-13 11:58 PM (EST)
to respond. Maybe you can paddle Sparkleberry Swamp.
  Thanks, everyone
  Posted by: tjalmy on Jan-17-13 7:51 PM (EST)
for the input. Of course I'd welcome company, that's why I posted here. A local guide can be a blessing.
Jim, I'll shoot you an e-mail, I know nothing of Sparkleberry swamp.
Happy trails,
  Sparkleberry Swamp
  Posted by: string on Jan-18-13 11:36 PM (EST)
  Posted by: slim on Jan-29-13 2:32 PM (EST)
Yes I am interested in doing the main congaree or the creek part,which is the most scenic. I also am interested in the Edisto and Saluda. I Would have to do it on Sat.SUN. And have to be back by 4 in Macon,Ga. to get back to work.
  Live and Paddle here all the time
  Posted by: yatipope on Jan-29-13 7:46 PM (EST)
I live right here in Columbia and paddle the Saluda frequently as well as the North Edisto and Congaree around Columbia. The section of the Saluda, Broad and Congaree right around Columbia is actually very beautiful and scenic. Three Rivers Greenway trails along it and paddle opportunities abound!
  Took our scouts there awhile back
  Posted by: RedCrossRandy on Jan-31-13 10:16 AM (EST)
Did some paddling on Cedar Creek as well as on the Congaree. As I recall, there was a good bit of current on the Congaree that our weakest paddlers had difficulty with. Paddling Cedar Creek was gorgeous with all the overhanging Spanish Moss and the Bald Cypress. On the open water stretches it was like going back in time to some primordial landscape. Only drawback was a fair amount of deadfall which necessitated getting in & out of the boats too frequently for my taste. There is a nice group campsite right near the Cedar creek put-in. It's a clearing about the size of a football field with portajohns and picnic tables
  We've scouted Cedar Creek from the
  Posted by: g2d on Feb-07-13 6:08 PM (EST)
trails. I can see where deadfalls would hold up a group considerably, but we once had more deadfall on Florida's Loxahatchee, and because we were young and just one boat, we got through pretty quickly.

My brother-in-law is in metro Columbia, and I'm still hoping to do Cedar Creek or some of the Congaree sometime. An internet friend has offered to take me down the Saluda, past the zoo, but that section's often feast or famine, way high or way low.
  Check out the post on the Edisto trip
  Posted by: string on Feb-07-13 11:35 PM (EST)
March 22-24.


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