This trip is the first along the main stem of the Saluda River and is scenic and quiet with very slow moving waters. As the Saluda River enters Saluda Lake, the channels broaden and the water stills. Scenery includes wildlife, great fishing locations, and rural countryside.
Alternate River Access: Saluda Lake Access off of Buckskin Road, Easley, SC
Access is downstream of the Old Hunts Bridge Road bridge, river-right. The banks are steep; use caution. Park along Hunts Bridge Road, river-right. This access is unofficial but regularly used. Use at your own risk.
This boat ramp and parking lot can be used for a small fee. If paddling downstream, the ramp is river/lake-left.
Saluda Lake Landing is 15 minutes away from Hunts Bridge Road, so shuttling cars could take close to half an hour. After putting in the river, paddlers will see suburban/rural scenery with an abundance of wildlife, particularly birds. The first road crossing is Farrs Bridge Road, just before the Saluda River enters Saluda Lake. Once the channel broadens, follow the left side of the river until you reach Saluda Lake Landing. The Saluda Lake Access, 1.3 miles downstream, is an alternative take out, located at 322 Buckskin Road, Easley, SC 29640. Saluda Lake Landing (or Saluda Lake Access) is the last take out before the Saluda Lake Dam. No portage is available at this time. Re-enter the river below the dam at the Saluda Dam Road River Access. For more information see The Upper Saluda River Blueway map.