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!
Float Photos!Click thumbnail to view full-size
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 eyes...it 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.
Dry bags like this are another great way to ensure that your dry goods stay dry while out on the river! Dry bags are NOT meant for submersion. But they will help keep your stuff safe when you use them properly.
I recommend getting one that's large enough to store a couple of towels, a spare change of clothes, a first aid kit, sunscreen, and a separate dry box for your other small important items, such as keys and identification.
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 concerned 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.
What About You?
Have You Ever Floated the Edisto?
- 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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