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Floating the Edisto River!

Updated on July 15, 2017
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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!

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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.

SealLine See Vinyl Dry Bag 10 (Smoke Tint)
SealLine See Vinyl Dry Bag 10 (Smoke Tint)

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?

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      Alicia Lawson 6 years ago from Holly Hill, SC

      @PNWtravels: Thanks so much! :)

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

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

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      Alicia Lawson 6 years ago from Holly Hill, SC

      @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!

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      sittonbull 6 years ago

      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!

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      Alicia Lawson 6 years ago from Holly Hill, SC

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

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      Alicia Lawson 6 years ago from Holly Hill, SC

      @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.

      http://www.postandcourier.com/news/2011/jul/01/edi...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      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?

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      Alicia Lawson 6 years ago from Holly Hill, SC

      @OhMe: You're quite welcome!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @lpyrbby: Hey thanks so much for the feature!

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      Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

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

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Welcome to the South Carolina Group

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      Alicia Lawson 6 years ago from Holly Hill, SC

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

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

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

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      Alicia Lawson 6 years ago from Holly Hill, SC

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

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      anonymous 6 years ago

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