Enjoy our Great Natural Resources

The Lower Saluda Scenic River is recognized as an outstanding recreational resource. The tailrace waters from Lake Murray reservoir provide a cold water fishery and varying water levels for recreational boating. Trout and striped bass fishing as well as whitewater (class II to V rapids) and flatwater paddling are very popular on this piedmont river. These factors, combined with the surrounding topography and rock outcrops similar to mountain streams and the heavily wooded landscape, make the Lower Saluda River corridor an outstanding natural resource within the urban environment of metropolitan Columbia.

Kayaking, Canoeing, Tubing, and Fishing are enjoyed on the waters of the Lower Saluda and the Congaree.  Our system has been ranked among the Top 10 Canoe towns in America by Paddler Magazine.

“The Saluda and the Congaree rivers provide a wealth of clean crisp outdoor activities while flowing through a bustling city.  This unique mix of wilderness by day and a metropolatin nightlife make the Cayce West Columbia area a traveler’s oasis.”  John Banks, Director of Tourism.



The Lower Saluda River is considered a “low flow” river on most days.  This makes the river an outstanding playground for beginning Kayakers.  The 10 mile stretch known as the Lower Saluda offers nine sets of rapids rated from Class II to Class IV during normal flow.  Advanced Kayaking is enjoyed during High Release days from the Lake Murray Dam.  To check water flow rates and other conditions click here.   The strong currents provide paddling opportunities usually found in the mountains.


The Lower Saluda and the Congaree offer a wealth of canoeing options and variety for all ages.  Paddling the Lower Saluda brings some play with the sets of rapids encountered.  As you converge into the Congaree the river settles into a more peaceful flow continuing some 47 miles to it confluence with the Wateree River.


One of the most popular ways for the traveler to enjoy a scenic Midlands afternoon is a float down the river in a custom designed tube.   This may be the most peaceful way to unwind for the weary business traveler.  A float down the cool river on a warm summer’s day is an escape to nature only minutes from the busy downtown business district.


Local anglers have kept secret one of the most incredible experiences in our area for decades.  The rivers of  Cayce West Columbia provide a very unique fishing experience in the shadows of the State Capital.

Don Davis, a 64-year-old health care consultant from Daytona Beach, Fla., is a repeat client of Frank’s Fly Arts who learned about fishing on our rivers online while in town for business. He calls Columbia a hidden gem.

“Right in the middle of an urban area; it’s just amazing,” Davis says of the fishing here.

Enjoy our Local Outfitters

Palmetto Outdoors

Palmetto Outdoor is Dedicated to the Preservation of our Rivers and Forests. We promote cultural History and Environmental Awareness through river trips and interdisciplinary walking tours.  Our trips and tours allow people of all ages to enjoy the natural beauty of the river systems we are surrounded by.  Visiting a metropolitan area which still has uncluttered riverbanks is a rarity in this nation.

731 Meeting Street  West Columbia, SC 29169

(803) 404-8254

Hours:  Sunday – Friday 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Saturday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Adventure Carolina

Adventure Carolina has some of the best equipment out there. While we mainly sell canoeing and kayaking gear, we have an assortment of gear for activities such as backpacking, rock climbing, camping, and bicycling.

1107 State Street Cayce, SC 29033

(803) 796-4505

Hours:  Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm