Edisto River Float: Access Points
So You Want to Go Float, Huh?
That's great that you've decided you want to take the plunge (hehe) and float the Edisto River! We know that first-timers might need a little help getting to the river so here we are!
Here are three access points I have tried or got reports on. As I float them myself, I'll offer my own opinions along the way.
1. Givhans Ferry to Messervy: One of the Top Routes to Float!
Most people put in at Givhans Ferry State Park and end at Messervy, otherwise known as Boat Landing Road. This is a trip of about three river miles with some straight sections mixed with curves along the way. A little more than halfway through is a large sandbar with picnic tables where most people stop to take their lunch break before finishing out their trip. This float typically takes about four hours when the river depth is up. When the river is low, anticipate about six hours for your trip.
Givhans Ferry State Park is the most common entry point for floating the Edisto River. $2 per person to enter
Boat Landing Road is where you need to leave a vehicle to bring your party of people and floats back to the state park.
But How Long Will It Take?
For a best-guess estimate of how long your anticipated trip will take, allow about one hour per river mile, plus a little extra for breaks and fill-and-deflate time.
2. Good Hope to Jellico's Landing
This is another very popular route! If you don't want to lay down and sun that much but want some beautiful scenery, this is the route you'll want to take.There are lots of twists and turns in this part of the river, and yes, that means LOTS of obstacles too! I usually try to take a bunch of pictures, but doing this ride for the first time with the amount of obstacles in the way, there just really wasn't much time for it. Be warned of more logs and branches on this side. Bring those tough floats and a spare just in case. Still fun!
This route is about four river miles so plan for about five hours or so!
Lock It Up!
No matter which route you take, don't forget to lock up your vehicles and remove any valuables from them. While we'd love to trust people, sometimes there are some that just don't know how to act. Better safe than sorry!
3. Mars Old Field Landing to Givhans Ferry State Park: A Super-Duper Float!
It's a total of six river miles from Mars Old Field to Givhans, which means a six-hour trip when the river water levels are up, and even longer when they're down! But, I've heard compliments on the scenery and this route has a diverse set of curves and straightaways to keep you interested. We're going to do this one when the waters rise in the river a bit more!
Buddy Ol' Pal O' Mine!
Do NOT float the river alone! It's just not worth it. Not only does it make sense to have two vehicles, but in the end, what if something happens to you on the river and no one is nearby? Always take a friend with you!
Edisto River Information
- Edisto Floaters on Facebook
Want to connect with other floaters? This is your stop.
- Edisto River Access Sites
Just in case you decide you want to take a different route later on down the road. Remember, on this page, the "Edisto River, Main Stem" section is where you want to be looking.
- Edisto River Depth Graph
Want to keep an eye on the approximate depth of the river? This is your go-to link.