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Edisto River Float: Access Points

Updated on July 16, 2017
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Edisto River at Givhans Ferry State Park
Edisto River at Givhans Ferry State Park | Source

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.

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A markerGivhans Ferry Park Rd, Ridgeville, SC 29472 -
Givhans Ferry Park Road, Ridgeville, SC 29472, USA
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Givhans Ferry State Park is the most common entry point for floating the Edisto River. $2 per person to enter

B markerBoat Landing Rd, Ridgeville, SC 29472 -
Boat Landing Road, Ridgeville, SC 29472, USA
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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!

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A markerGood Hope Landing, Ridgeville, SC 29472 -
Good Hope Landing, Ridgeville, SC 29472, USA
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B markerJellico Ct, Ridgeville, SC 29472 -
Jellico Court, Ridgeville, SC 29472, USA
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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!

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A markerMars Old Field Ln, Cottageville, SC 29435 -
Mars Old Field Lane, Cottageville, SC 29435, USA
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B markerGivhans Ferry Park Rd, Ridgeville, SC 29472 -
Givhans Ferry Park Road, Ridgeville, SC 29472, USA
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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.

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      Alicia Lawson 12 days ago from Holly Hill, SC

      I don't see why you couldn't kayak to Messervy.

      As far as tubes, pretty much anything will work, just be aware of the thickness of the float (thicker is less likely to puncture) and the type of air valve it has and what kind of pump you may need for it. As long as the water level is 5ft or less, the current is lazy and manageable. Anything above 5ft, and I'd consider only going in a kayak as the current becomes increasingly dangerous for floating. Be sure to check out my other articles on floating, especially this one! https://skyaboveus.com/water-sports/floating-the-e... Thanks so much!

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      Robin 13 days ago

      Can you kyack Givhans to Messervy?? What type of tubes do you recommend ?? Is there a rough current?? Thanks so much

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      Alicia Lawson 3 years ago from Holly Hill, SC

      @danielle-t-newman: Yes you bring your own floats and no, there isn't a shuttle service. You need at least two vehicles. One to leave at the start location and one at the end to bring you and your group back.

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      danielle-t-newman 3 years ago

      So we bring our own floats? And is there a shuttle to take me back to the starting point?

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      cornertubes 3 years ago

      Enjoy floating in Comal river and Guadalupe river in New Braunfels, TX. One of the shortest navigable rivers in the United States, it stays a constant 72 degrees year round. Corner Tubes outfits visitors with black inner tubes or new vinyl tubes, letting them float down the river at a leisurely pace, then ride a shuttle from the last public river exit back to the entrance.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I always use the Givhans to Messervy and its super fun. Food and water are a must!! Tomorrow we are gonna try Mars Old Field to Givhans and we are super excited!! Thanks for the info (o:

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      Alicia Lawson 4 years ago from Holly Hill, SC

      @anonymous: Sorry for the delay in a reply! It might be hard to tell from the river, but if you make sure to position yourself behind a group of other floaters, you'll figure it out. It's at a boat landing that surfaces after the power lines. Whenever you go to the drop off point to leave a vehicle, just make sure to take a good look at the surroundings. You'll see the boat landing while in the water as well. If I can get the camera ready on our next trip, I'll try to take a picture of it for others. Hope you have fun!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      On the route from Givhans to Messervy, how do you know where to exit the river? Is the landing the only one? Or is there a sign?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What is the ideal water level to float?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Masservy Landing. Sorry

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My friends, and my 6 year old floated from Landing to Good Hope Landing yesterday. I will never do that again!! I am sure with the water level being high made the trip worse than it would have been. We did it on a whim. Not doing ur homework really kicked our ass. Lots of down trees and REALLY twisty. My 6 year old loved it. I am sure it would be a great trip if water was lower. Just wanted to share! The River of Sweet Tea is always beautiful!

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      Alicia Lawson 5 years ago from Holly Hill, SC

      @anonymous: I really don't have a good idea. I know the Edisto Floaters page on FB easily exceeded 5000 fans within a few months. I know not that many people typically go at once though ;) It is getting more popular though, I agree.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Do you have any idea how many people actually float each year? I seems like the number is growing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Grew up on 'the river' and these are all great access points

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      Alicia Lawson 6 years ago from Holly Hill, SC

      @Joan4: Hahahah! We make a trip out every other Sunday and don't mind the company at all :) Thanks for the lens love :)

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      Alicia Lawson 6 years ago from Holly Hill, SC

      @OhMe: Thank you!

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      Joan4 6 years ago

      Ohme admitting she is over the hill? I can't believe that! Course I have never floated the river and wish I had - and if Ohme is over the hill, I most certainly am. Great information here for floaters tho and it sure sounds like a bunch of fun!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I wish I was putting in right now but I am over the hill, I am afraid. Great information here!

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