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South Carolina whitewater, Saluda River

Lexington Richland county, Lake Murray Dam to Broad/Congaree confluence section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-IV     11 miles
How far is the Saluda River whitewater rafting from charleston SC? Also when does the rafting operate? Do the rafts have guides in them? What is the cost? Thank you. Says Madelyn

If you're coming from Columbia it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The Lake Murray Dam to Broad/Congaree confluence stretch of Saluda River is 11 miles long and
    has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II-IV section. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in South Carolina are easier than the national norm, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that a lot of
the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Lake Murray Dam to Broad/Congaree confluence stretch is one of them. If you hurry you can run this stretch in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so pack your camping stuff. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you won't find a large number of other rivers. The beautiful scenery of Lexington/ Richland  
County and the cool fresh water will make you feel great. A good workout and just hanging out with mother nature have a lot of people coming here. No shortage of good hotels, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
Here at Saluda River there are plenty of folks from West Columbia. Saluda River sees pretty high levels of rain. March is when you get the most rain here; November is when it's the driest. For the period of the summer months highs here at Saluda River reach the 90's; through summer nights temperatures are in the 60's.

Saluda River, Lake Murray Dam to Broad/Congaree confluence road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Saluda River.
 Whitewater Near Saluda River:
Congaree River, -blank- County, 2 miles away
      Class I-II - -blank- miles long (Broad to Gervais)
Broad River, Richland County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (I-20 to Congaree River)
Saluda River, Lexington/ Richland County, 4 miles away
      Class II-IV - 11 miles long (Lake Murray Dam to Broad/Congaree confluence)
 Marinas Near Saluda River:
Jake's Landing, Lexington , 7 miles away
Windward Point Yacht Club, Columbia , 8 miles away
Putnam's Landing, Chapin , 16 miles away
Siesta Cove Marina-campground, Gilbert , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Saluda River:
Quality Inn & Suites Columbia, Columbia , 1 miles away
DoubleTree By Hilton Columbia South Carolina, Columbia , 1 miles away
Sleep Inn At Bush River Road, Columbia , 1 miles away
Knights Inn Columbia Northwest, Columbia , 1 miles away
Best Western Executive Inn & Suites, Columbia , 1 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Saluda River:
Barnyard RV Park, Lexington, 3 miles away
Sesquicentennial State Park, Columbia, 6 miles away
Capital City Campground, Columbia, 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Saluda River:
Congaree Swamp National Monument, Hopkins - SC , 20 miles away
Sesquicentennial State Park, South Carolina , 16 miles away
Dreher Island State Park, South Carolina , 19 miles away
Lake Wateree State Park, South Carolina , 30 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Saluda River:
Riverside Golf Center, Columbia , 3 miles away
Golden Hills Golf & Country, Lexington , 6 miles away
Coldstream Country Club Golf, Columbia , 7 miles away
 Lakes Near Saluda River
Roof Pond, Lexington , 4 miles away
Lake Murray, Lexington , 7 miles away
Boyden Arbor Lake, Richland , 13 miles away

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