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Broad River: Sandy River Landing to Shelton Ferry Landing

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Broad River: Sandy River Landing to Shelton Ferry Landing

Skill Level: Moderate
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Rapids: Class I , II
Length: 6.2 miles
Duration: 3 - 3.5 hours
Portaging: No
What to Expect

The Tyger River joins the Broad River along this section, which is characterized by Class I-II rapids and swift moving flatwater. Primarily rural in nature, paddlers will be surrounded by densely wooded forest and see two long, forested islands along the way.

Access
Put in:
Sandy River Boat Ramp and Parking Area
Access Details

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

Take out:
Shelton Ferry Landing Boat Ramp and Parking Area
Access Details

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

Trip Details

The take out is 40 minutes away from the put in, so shuttling cars could take close to an hour and a half. After putting in at the Sandy River Landing, which is the confluence of Sandy River and Broad River, paddlers will see occasional shoals and Class I-II rapids. The two islands are 0.5 miles long and 2 miles long respectively. Paddlers should follow either side of the river around the first island, but stay to the right side of the river around the second island. After the second island, paddlers will cross under a railroad bridge, and will then see the confluence of the Tyger and Broad Rivers shortly thereafter. The take out is located 3,000 feet downstream of the Tyger/Broad River confluence, river-right.

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Tad Abraham
Sep 10, 2018 11:04 am EDT
Did this leg Saturday morning and continued down to Strother Landing. The Broad @ Carlisle gauge read 1140CFS and 2.74' of depth. Myself and my 10yo did this in a 14.5' Native kayak and I would've liked about 0.5' more water depth on the shoals/rapids.

We got hung up a few times on this stretch (barely!) and had to rock ourselves across. A couple times I even had to step onto the rock and push us across and get back in . Just a half a foot would've made all the difference, maybe even less than that.

I would suggest a hand bilge pump also as we did have some water come over the bow in our open top kayak through the larger Class II's. Wasn't a large amount or a ton of drama but you should always have the ability to bail water if necessary. Other than that the surface speed was nice, not a lot of paddling required.

We put in at 9:55am and were at Shelton Ferry at 12:05, right at 3mph again at 1140CFS of flow. Saw a pair of bald eagles up near the Sandy River put in, then numerous Osprey, egrets, green herons and Canada geese on the rest of the run. Only other people we saw were attempting to launch a boat at Shelton Ferry.

It was HOT but water temp was sooo nice we stopped for a dip a few times.

I'll also comment on the section of the downstream trip to Strother Landing but be forewarned a lot of the next leg downstream will require paddling, not much of a float trip, especially in the afternoons.
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Low Water (Credit: P Cumalander-Frick)
Railroad trestle at river mile 45.4, about 0.7mi upstream of Shelton Ferry tamp. (Credit: Tad Abraham)
Weaving through the rocks. (Credit: Tad Abraham)
Remains of Old Shelton Ferry can still be seen (Credit: P Cumalander-Frick)
Finding a path through at low water (Credit: P Cumalander-Frick)
Formation of rocks looks like a giant turtle! (Credit: P Cumalander-Frick)
Sandy River meets the Broad River (Credit: Upstate Forever)
Parking at Shelton Ferry Landing (Credit: pcumalander-frick)
Ramp at Shelton Ferry Landing (Credit: pcumalander-frick)
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