Plan a race on your trail

For eleven years running local paddlers in the Columbia, SC area hold a whitewater race, well actually two races, on the first non-holiday Saturday of the year. The races, the Millrace Massacre and the Ice Man are held on the Saluda River immediatly upstream of the beginning of the Congaree River Blue Trail. The races… Read more »

Waccamaw River Blue Trail to be extended to North Carolina

Communities across the nation are beginning to recognize the variety of benefits their local rivers offer and are taking steps to ensure their protection through the creation of Blue Trails. American Rivers and its partners have been working to create the Waccamaw River Blue Trail in South Carolina and now an effort is underway to… Read more »

Restoring Savannah River Shoals: Two States, a Canal and a Redhorse

The Augusta Shoals is a critical reach of the Savannah River near Aiken, South Carolina and Augusta, Georgia. “Shoals” are stretches of shallow, rocky rapids and were once common in Southeast Rivers – but many of these rivers have been drowned by dams. Shoals provide unique habitat for freshwater fish and mussels. More than 4… Read more »

Most Endangered Rivers for 2014

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2014 The annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® report is a list of rivers at a crossroads, where key decisions in the coming months will determine the rivers’ fates. Over the years, the report has helped spur many successes including the removal of outdated dams, the protection of rivers with Wild… Read more »

Successful Ashley River Clean Up

Ashley River Clean Up – March 21, 2105 | © SSWA The Summerville Saltwater Anglers, a family oriented fishing club, held a successful second annual Ashley River Cleanup March 21 at Jessen’s landing. The group has adopted the Ashley River, American Rivers newest Blue Trail. This year’s event was twice as big as last year… Read more »

Wateree Blue Trail Dedication Ceremony This Saturday, June 6

Columbia – The Wateree Blue Trail Dedication will take place this Saturday, June 6, on National Trails Day.  Speakers include South Carolina State Senator Vincent A. Sheheen and other community leaders. Reporters are invited to attend the dedication and an inaugural paddle immediately following the dedication (details are at the end of this release). This… Read more »

A Weekend on the Congaree River Blue Trail

I finally did it. I finally paddled to the end of the Congaree River Blue Trail – in one weekend. After leaving cars at the take-out, we were on the river by noon on Friday and off the river by 3:00 on Sunday. We put in at the Cayce Landing and took out at Bates… Read more »

World Wetland Day – Love your Carolina Bay!

In honor of World Wetland Day, I’d like to highlight one underappreciated wetland type which happens to be a personal favorite of mine.  Being a southern salamander lover, Carolina Bays have always been a fascination. Fed largely by rain and shallow groundwater, Carolina Bays [PDF] are elliptical shaped isolated wetlands found primarily in Georgia and the… Read more »