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Paddle SC

Who is Paddle SC?

If you're trying to find out where to go canoeing, kayaking, or stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) in South Carolina, Paddle SC has you covered. We are a statewide partnership working to promote paddle recreation opportunities throughout South Carolina. 

What is the purpose of this website?

This website provides all the information you need to plan a paddling trip in South Carolina. Search for paddling trips on waterways near you. You will find detailed trip descriptions, essential information about where to begin and end a trip, current flow conditions, and skill level needed for the trip. Get a Paddle SC account, and submit trip comments and photos of your own. 

How do I use this website?

There are two ways to search the map: by waterway or by suggested trip. Searching by waterway (Explore Waterways) will return rivers, creeks, streams, lakes, or coastal paddling opportunities near you. Detailed waterway pages include a comprehensive overview of that body of water, including a waterway summary, a map of all river accesses and points of interest, and a full list of suggested trips available on that waterway. Searching by trip (Browse Trips) allows users to find a short list of suggested trips (along with all waterways) that meet the search’s criteria including skill level, duration of a trip, and location.

• Looking for a paddling adventure along a specific river or creek? Search by Waterway.

• Looking for an easy 2-hour paddling trip in the Upstate, SC region? Search by Trip.

Where does the information come from?

Paddle SC stakeholders are working hard to gather as much information as possible. We rely on local knowledge from partners across the state to provide high quality information. If there’s something missing from the map, please let us know (Contact Us).  Your feedback will help us continue to improve this resource!

Why an online map?

Having an online map allows us to provide extensive details about blueways and real-time information about flows, which can’t be included on a paper map. This format also lets us quickly share up-to-date information. The online map is mobile responsive for easy use on a smartphone during trips (we recommend a waterproof case!).  

The online map allows you to easily search waterways across the state to quickly identify those that interest you. Whether you’re looking for a short beginner paddle or a multi-day advanced adventure, we can help you find it! The website also lets you keep track of your paddling adventures, as well as share photos and feedback with others. Sign up for a free account (Create Account) to share your adventures and trip feedback with others!

How can I get a paper map?

You can print out information from the website by clicking on the Printer Friendly Version, or download map files for use with GPS units. Many waterways also have associated blueway maps; you can download a PDF of the map (if available) on a waterway or individual trip page. Professionally printed paper maps may be available for some rivers in the Upstate and throughout the rest of the state.

What else do I need to know when using this website?

Be safe. Show respect. Have fun. Be a good waterway steward and show respect for the places that are available for public use and enjoyment.

Share your knowledge. Sign up for a free Paddle SC account (Create Account) and submit trip reports to help keep information current and accurate. This makes it more useful for everyone, and also helps waterway managers and landowners better manage their river accesses. Also, don’t forget to tell your friends about Paddle SC and like us on Facebook!

Give us feedback. Let us know what works well and what we can do to make it even better (Contact Us).

Paddle SC is presented by
Upstate Forever
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
South Carolina National Heritage Corridor
Rainey Foundation