Released from the bottom of Lake Murray, the dark blue tailwater of the lower Saluda hovers around 53 degrees, providing a sustainable habitat for trout. From late May to early September, the river also boasts one of the largest concentration of stripers on the east coast. Frank's Fly Arts and Saluda Valley Guides offer private fishing charters on the Saluda in rubber rafts.
Designated a National Recreation Trail in 2008, the slow-moving Congaree River starts at the confluence of the Saluda and Broad rivers and takes paddlers through the old Granby locks through a waterway once navigated by steamboats, tugs and canal boats headed to Charleston. Carolina Outdoor Adventures offers an 11-mile guided day-trip on the Congaree Saturdays from June through early August.
While high water levels can create Class IV and V rapids on the Saluda, the dam-fed river typically sports Class II and III whitewater. On summer weekends, Palmetto Outdoors and Adventure Carolina offer guided trips through the section of the river with the calmer shoal rapids. Some paddling experience is recommended for this trip. If you decide you want to paddle the Saluda River, try checking in with Go Paddle SC here - https://www.gopaddlesc.com/waterways/trail/saluda-river
The water might be chilly, but in the summer it's the coolest place to be in famously hot Columbia. Sitting comfortably in a rubber tube, you'll drift down two miles of this picturesque waterway-with a little whitewater thrown in for fun. The cascading rapids are so mild, you can take small children on this one. Palmetto Outdoors offers tubes and shuttle service for $15 to $20.
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden's canopy tour, takes participants on a breathtaking 1,000-foot run over the scenic Saluda. Starting from a platform that sits 25 feet up a tree, you'll glide 75 feet above the water at speeds reaching 35 miles per hour. Tours are offered seven days a week by reservation only.
We now conclude our helpful tips on enjoying the beautiful city of Columbia and the three rivers that run through it. We hope you'll have the chance to enjoy the Saluda River whether you choose a life on the river or not. We're proud this beautiful gift from nature is part of our community. This community’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'd like a tour of our community, please contact us on the form below.
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