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Broad River: Neal Shoals Dam to Sandy River Landing

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Broad River: Neal Shoals Dam to Sandy River Landing

Skill Level: Easy
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Rapids: Class I
Length: 7.4 miles
Duration: 3.5 - 4 hours
Portaging: No
What to Expect

This trip is classified by swift moving flatwater and Class I rapids, wide, clear channels, and densely wooded forests along the river's banks.

Access
Put in:
Neal Shoals Dam River Access and Parking Area
Access Details

The Broad River can be accessed by portaging boats 500 feet from the parking area. This river access can be used to avoid portaging the Neal Shoals Dam.

Take out:
Sandy River Boat Ramp and Parking Area
Access Details

A small parking area and dirt boat ramp are located river-left.

Trip Details

The put in and take out are 30 minutes apart, so shuttling cars could take close to an hour. When driving to the take out, bear right at the fork of Store Road and Boat Ramp Road. Store Road is a dead end. After putting in at Sandy River Landing, paddlers will cross under a railroad bridge and the Highway 215 bridge. The take out is 1.75 miles downstream of the Highway 215 bridge.

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Paula Cumalander
Mar 24, 2018 2:51 pm EDT
“Some of this fishing activity was quite different than what we think of fishing today. One of these was the use of “fish dams” placed out in the river. One rare surviving example is on the Broad River, close to the town of Carlisle, SC. This fish dam was made of piled up stones that made a “V” shape pointing down river. It is believed that the narrow end of the “V” was used to hold a basket type trap to catch the fish being funneled between the piled up stone walls. Probably, the Indians went into the river upstream of the fish dam and “drove” the fish down in to the traps by splashing in the water.” http://pacoletmemories.com/riveractivities.html DAM IS FOUND ON RIVER RIGHT WITHIN SIGHT OF THE HIGHWAY 215 BRIDGE.
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Sandy River meets the Broad River (Credit: Upstate Forever)
Dirt Boat Ramp at Sandy River Landing (Credit: Upstate Forever)
Neal Shoals Dam at put-in (Credit: P Cumalander Frick)
Neal Shoals Dam at put-in (Credit: P Cumalander Frick)
(Credit: P Cumalander Frick)
Site of Old Catawba Indian Fish Dam and Revolutionary War Battle.  (On river right with 219 Bridge in site) (Credit: P Cumalander-Frick)
Catawba Fish Dam (fish were corralled through this entrance to a pool below to be caught or speared) (Credit: P Cumalander-Frick)
Catawba Fish Dam (looking from the pool upstream to the entrance) (Credit: P Cumalander-Frick)
3 H day on the Broad (Hot, Humid, Hazy).  Heat index 114 (Credit: P Cumalander-Frick)
(Credit: P Cumalander-Frick)
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Parking - Dedicated Lot
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Paddle SC is presented by
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South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
South Carolina National Heritage Corridor
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