Waccamaw River Blue Trail Kick-off Event This Saturday, June 20

Columbia – American Rivers, along with its partners, Winyah Rivers Foundation’s Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® and the Pee Dee Land Trust, are hosting the Waccamaw River Blue Trail kick-off this Saturday, June 20. Prior to the paddle there will be brief remarks from Staci Williams, the new Waccamaw River Blue Trail Organizer and special guests Carl Schwartzkopf,… Read more »

670 Acres on the Waccamaw River Saved

Lake Waccamaw swamp | Laila Johnston A significant stride occurred in protecting the Waccamaw River as the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust has completed the purchase of 670 acres of bottomland hardwoods and cypress-gum swamp along the Waccamaw River just south of Lake Waccamaw State Park in North Carolina. The Waccamaw River flows south from… Read more »

Explore the America’s Rivers through “River Stories”

See The Stories Take a virtual tour down America’s rivers! Ever wonder what it’s like to travel down some of America’s most scenic rivers? American Rivers, the National Park Service, and local conservation and recreation groups across the country have teamed up to create, “River Stories.” Powered by National Geographic Maps GeoStories, “River Stories” uses… Read more »

9 Top River Trips for Wildlife        

Originally published in the North Carolina Wildlife Federation Journal, Fall 2014. Viewing fall color from water level My favorite paddle trip is usually the last river I was on, so it’s no small feat to whittle down the best canoe or kayak trips in North Carolina for experiencing wildlife. North Carolina boasts 17 river basins…. Read more »

Journey down the Hitchcock Creek Blue Trail

Take a kayak journey down the Hitchcock Creek Blue Trail. Until recently, a dam degrade and blocked migrating fish from spawning habitat and prevented the community of Rockingham, North Carolina from safely enjoying their river through boating and fishing. With the help of American Rivers, NOAA, and others, the dam has been removed and plans… Read more »

Community Members Turn Out for Waccamaw River Cleanup

Waccamaw River cleanup | Chris Ochsenbein American Rivers held a successful Waccamaw River Cleanup May 30 at East Bay Park and Landing in Georgetown, South Carolina. Thirty people volunteered to clean up the Waccamaw River on land and on the water in kayaks provided by Blackriver Outdoors Center. A diverse array of cleanup participants, ranging… Read more »

New Bipartisan Report Endorses Blue Trails

Several months ago we blogged about a report released by the Outdoor Resources Review Group that supports American Rivers’ vision of creating a nationwide system of blue trails. Blue trails are the water equivalent to hiking trails. They link together communities and provide families opportunities to have fun outside, not to mention invaluable services like… Read more »

Proposed Canal on the Waccamaw Just Doesn’t Make Sense

Last week I attended a public meeting hosted by the Army Corp of Engineers where they discussed one of their recent reports concerning a possible canal on the Waccamaw River to reduce flooding.   The study concluded that the cost, both economic and environmental, would make such a canal unrealistic. Though I sympathize with the landowners… Read more »

Report calls for nationwide system of blue trails

Imagine a nationwide network of blue trails — rivers and streams from coast to coast, linking communities and providing recreation opportunities, not to mention priceless services like clean drinking water, natural flood protection, and wildlife habitat. A report released today by the Outdoor Resources Review Group supports the vision of American Rivers in creating this nationwide… Read more »