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South Carolina whitewater, Savannah River

Edgefield Aiken county, US 221 below dam to US 25 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I     12 miles
 
There are two open spillway dams between the Hwy 28 (Fury's Ferry) Bridge and I-20: Stevens Creek Dam (at the confluence of Stevens Creek) and the Augusta Canal Diversion Dam (about a mile downstream of Stevens Creek Dam). There are no marked access points immediately on either side of either dam. Georgia Power Co. operates an electric generating facility on the Georgia (south) bank at Stevens Creek. At the Canal, since the canal immediately
    parallels the river some twenty feet above it, there is no river access whatsoever on the Georgia side. Portage would be recommended along private land on the South Carolina side of both dams. Says Thomas

If you've
been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside South Carolina you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so better not forget that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. The US 221 below dam to US 25 stretch of Savannah River in South Carolina is 12 miles long and has been rated as a class I section by American Whitewater. There are plenty of hotels here if you want to spend a night, and if you make reservations  
in advance you're all set. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, there are not so many other good rivers for that around here. A bit of exercise and spending some quality time in nature are great reasons to come. The beautiful scenery of Edgefield/ Aiken County and the cool fresh water have people coming here. You can enjoy this stretch more if you take your time, so pack your sleeping bag. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too.

Savannah River, US 221 below dam to US 25 road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Savannah River.
 Whitewater Near Savannah River:
Savannah River, McCormick Columbia County, 6 miles away
      Class II(III) - 5 miles long (Stevens Creek Dam to North Augusta Boat Ramp)
Savannah River, Edgefield/ Aiken County, 9 miles away
      Class I - 12 miles long (US 221 below dam to US 25)
Augusta Canal Overflow Flume, Richmond County, 10 miles away
      Class III-V - -blank- miles long (Close to Augusta)
Stevens Creek, McCormick County, 18 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 13.2 miles long (Highway 283 to SR 23)
 Marinas Near Savannah River:
Augusta Riverwalk Marina, Augusta , 11 miles away
Trade Winds Marina, Appling , 12 miles away
Little River Marina, Appling , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Savannah River:
Travelodge Augusta, Augusta , 4 miles away
Baymont Inn & Suites Augusta West, Augusta , 4 miles away
Rodeway Inn & Suites Augusta, Augusta , 4 miles away
Value Place Augusta North, Augusta , 4 miles away
Clarion Suites Augusta, Augusta , 4 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Savannah River:
Forks Campground, Edgefield County, 2 miles away
Heritage Mobile Home Community, Augusta, 6 miles away
Byron Mobile Home and Camper, Grovetown, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Savannah River:
Horn Creek Hiking Trail, Edgefield , 9 miles away
Turkey Creek Hiking Trail, McCormick , 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Savannah River:
Hamilton Branch State Park, South Carolina , 14 miles away
Mistletoe State Park, Georgia , 20 miles away
Baker Creek State Park, South Carolina , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Savannah River:
Jones Creek Golf Club, Evans , 1 miles away
Westlake Country Club, Augusta , 2 miles away
Republic Golf Club, Great Falls , 3 miles away
 Lakes Near Savannah River
J. Strom Thurmond Reservoir, McCormick , 9 miles away

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