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Floating the Edisto River!


What's the Edisto River?

The Edisto River is North America's longest undammed and unleveed blackwater river. It is located in the state of South Carolina and flows a lazy 206 miles, beginning in Saluda and Edgefield counties and ending in the Atlantic Ocean at Edisto Beach.

We aren't quite sure when people decided to start floating down the river but it's been happening for a while and with good reason. It's just plain fun and relaxing!

Can I Drink? What About My Other Stuff?

Yes, you can drink, BUT (you knew there'd be one of those!) ONLY in the water. Once you hit land, you're fair game. It is vital that you pack your cooler BEFORE you get to the park or wherever you may be going to put in for the river. Public displays of alcohol on government property (like Givhans Ferry State Park) can get you ticketed or worse!

What do I mean by public displays of alcohol? Even if you have a 20-pack case of Bud Light unopened and still in the box, pulling that box out of your vehicle to put it in the cooler is still considered a "public display of alcohol." And stop rolling your is. Save us all some trouble and just pack your coolers at home before you get to the park.


Toting the Cooler

Now, as far as the "best" way to tote the cooler and your other dry goods (like towels, food, clothes, etc), get an inflatable boat! As you see in this picture here, the sides help keep the stuff in the boat dry while still allowing you to have access to it.


One Final Word: Trash

Pack It In, Pack It Out!

For the love of all that is—floating, the floaters, the environment, and our continued ability to be able to enjoy the river—pick up your trash and take it with you!

This picture is of actual trash left at Boat Landing Rd. that some of the locals gathered up and took a picture of to share with us to help show the magnitude of the trash problem many people create. PLEASE take a trash bag with you and put it on the boat. Someone finishes a drink, throw it in the bag! It's just that easy!

Without our own concerted efforts to keep trash out of the Edisto River, we may eventually be told that we're no longer able to float. So, as the floaters say, "Pack it in, pack it OUT!" We'll all love you for it.

More Edisto Resources

  • 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.

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Talk to Me!—Tell Me What You Think!

Alicia Domina (author) from Charleston, SC on September 18, 2011:

@PNWtravels: Thanks so much! :)

Vicki Green from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA on September 17, 2011:

The Edisto River looks like a fantastic place for a float trip! Blessed by a SquidAngel

Alicia Domina (author) from Charleston, SC on August 09, 2011:

@sittonbull: Thanks! My group wants to try some other floats in the Columbia area, but since we don't have anyone near there to help us with routes, we're kinda clueless!

sittonbull on August 08, 2011:

I've never done the Edisto, but would like to. I've done relatively calm floats on section 3 of Chatooga, the Saluda river in SC and The Blackwater River in Florida... and I've done some "Wild" floats (traversing is a better word) down The mildly wild Natahala in NC, the WILD Section 4 of The Chattooga, and the Wildest of all... The Gauley River in West Virginia! It's great to be on the water most anytime in the spring, summer and fall. Great lens and happy floating!

Alicia Domina (author) from Charleston, SC on July 01, 2011:

@LizMac60: It very much is Liz :) Thanks for stopping by!

Alicia Domina (author) from Charleston, SC on July 01, 2011:

@anonymous: You'll need to call either DNR or the Colleton County Sheriff's office. The current rumor is that it's for this weekend with the holiday and everything. The news of this possibility of no alcohol just broke this morning.

anonymous on July 01, 2011:

I've heard you can't drink on the Edisto and DNR is doing check points. Where/how can we confirm the rules and regulations on this?

Alicia Domina (author) from Charleston, SC on June 30, 2011:

@OhMe: You're quite welcome!

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on June 30, 2011:

@lpyrbby: Hey thanks so much for the feature!

Liz Mackay from United Kingdom on June 30, 2011:

Looks a very pleasant way to spend a summer's day.

Alicia Domina (author) from Charleston, SC on June 30, 2011:

@OhMe: Thanks :)

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on June 30, 2011:

Welcome to the South Carolina Group

Alicia Domina (author) from Charleston, SC on June 27, 2011:

@OhMe: Oh thank you so much! I'll do my best to share similar love :)

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on June 27, 2011:

I would love to be floating on the Edisto River right now! I will be featuring this lens on my Edisto Island lens.

Alicia Domina (author) from Charleston, SC on June 26, 2011:

@anonymous: Oh you're very welcome Ronald! I'm glad to hear it was helpful :)

anonymous on June 25, 2011:

Thanks for putting this information together. This is a huge help!