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One of Columbia, South Carolina's greatest assets is the Saluda River. It offers natural serenity plus a great deal of fun, recreational opportunities. The river was named for the Algonquian-speaking Indian tribe that occupied the lower reaches of the Saluda in the 1670s. The name itself is an Indian word, probably meaning “river of corn.” So what are the benefits of the Saluda River? There are so many, and the peaceful serenity it offers is just the tip of the iceberg.
A River Of Purpose The Saluda River rises in the Blue Ridge Mountains, west-central South Carolina, in North and South forks, which join 10 miles northwest of Greenville. The main stream flows southeastward past Pelzer and, after a course of approximately 145 miles, joins the Broad River at Columbia to form the Congaree River. Saluda Dam (1930) impounds Lake Murray above Columbia, and Buzzard Roost Dam (1940) impounds Lake Greenwood. Both are used for hydroelectric power.
A River For Fun Popular activities on the Lower Saluda includes fishing for trout and striped bass, whitewater and flatwater paddling, and tube floating. The proximity of this resource to the Columbia metro area makes it stand out among paddling opportunities in the state.
Experienced paddlers can start their journey up at Saluda Shoals Park
, which also offers kayak and canoe rentals if you don't have your own boat. If you’re looking to enjoy the rivers in a bit more relaxing way, check out Palmetto Outdoor
for an easy rube float which takes you from the Saluda River all the way into downtown.
The Saluda River offers a terrific fishing opportunities. Catch your dinner at the fishing pier at Thomas A. Newman Boat Landing along the Congaree River in Cayce, or launch your own boat and head out for a fishing expedition on our beautiful river. Stocked with trout, the Saluda River is a terrific fly fishing destination - access it at Saluda Shoals Park or Hope Ferry Landing; smallmouth bass in the 15 to 20-pound range are also common. Smallmouth bass also ply the waters of the Broad and Congaree Rivers.
We hope you'll have the chance to enjoy all of the benefits of the Saluda River. We're proud that this beautiful gift from nature is part of our community. Our neighborhood's central location is a major draw for successful professionals who’d like to enjoy easy access to the city but, at the same time, wish to live in a more secluded, natural setting. The Reserve On The Saluda is an oasis where the sounds of a bustling city are replaced by birdsong the river rushing by. If you find you'd love to live in nature's beauty surrounded by mature trees and along the gorgeous Saluda, CONTACT US