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Broad River: Shelton Ferry Landing to Strother Landing

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Broad River: Shelton Ferry Landing to Strother Landing

Skill Level: Easy
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Rapids: None
Length: 7.3 miles
Duration: 3.5 - 9 hours
Portaging: No
What to Expect

This is the last stretch along the Upper Broad River Blueway. Paddlers will see the confluence of the Broad and Enoree Rivers, 1.8-mile long Henderson Island, and densely wooded forests.

Access
Put in:
Shelton Ferry Landing Boat Ramp and Parking Area
Access Details

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

Take out:
Strother Landing River Access and Parking Area
 2521 Strother Road, Blair, SC 29015
Access Details

Strother Landing is located 600 feet downstream of the SC-34 bridge, river-left. Traveling east across the SC-34 bridge, go 0.1 miles and turn right on to Strother Road. Turn right onto the first dirt path 500 feet down the road, across the railroad tracks, and bear right to the landing.

Trip Details

The take out is 25 minutes away from the put in, so shuttling cars could take close to an hour. After putting in the river, paddlers will come across Henderson Island which is 1 mile long. Stay to the left of the island. Downstream of the island, the Enoree River joins the Broad River. After crossing under two sets of power lines, paddlers will then cross under the Highway 34 bridge. Stay to the left and Strother Landing is 2,000 feet downstream of the bridge.

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Tad Abraham
Sep 10, 2018 11:21 am EDT
This was the second leg of our trip this past Saturday (09.08.2018). The upstream leg of this was a nice 3mph float mixed with a little work to get over the rapids. This section started that way but then opened up into wide slow/stagnant sections with a headwind. Read that as significantly more work!

The Broad @ Carlisle gauge read 1140CFS at 2.74' of depth. I feel you need more flow for this leg to really be enjoyable because the closer you get to Strother, the less flow there is. Also of important influence is the Parr Reservoir. It is used to cool the VC Summer Nuclear Plant turbines and will fluctuate 4' throughout the day. If they are refilling it, you will have negative current towards the end of this run. Time it right and you will have positive current to work with. It was pretty well stagnant for us towards the end but with a headwind that made us huff.

All in all this section still took 3.5 hours but with significant portions of paddling. The shoals and rapids towards the beginning could've benefited with a bit more water flow and depth. We had to pull the kayak across a couple of rocky shoals near the Enoree confluence. Other than that, not a lot of rapids/shoals for us.

Tons of Osprey, herons and egrets but it was afternoon at this point and blazing hot so not much wildlife otherwise to see. Met 2 small motorboats on the whole trip, both towards the southern end of the run.

I would recommend a bit more flow and depth than 1140CFS and 2.74' of depth although it is obviously doable and I would do it again in these conditions. It's just a little more work. :)
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Looking at Highway 34 from Strother Landing (Credit: Upstate Forever)
Broad River from Strother Landing (Credit: Upstate Forever)
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