Broad - 3: I-20 to Congaree River


Broad, South Carolina, US

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3: I-20 to Congaree River

Usual Difficulty II-III (for normal flows)
Length 4 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
BROAD RIVER AT ALSTON, SC
usgs-02161000 500 - 60000 cfs II-III 00h16m 4630 cfs (running)
Flow range for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report.


River Description

Lowhead dam below 1-20, portage RR. Sluice on left, but usually jammed with logs.
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2003-10-13 02:31:34

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Gauge Information

We have no additional information about how various flows affect runnability (or playability) of this section of river. If you can provide additional information, please either directly contact the StreamTeam member for this reach, or add a 'comment' or a 'report' with your information to help out your fellow boaters.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
BROAD RIVER AT ALSTON, SC
usgs-02161000 500 - 60000 cfs II-III 00h16m 4630 cfs (running)
Flow range for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report.

RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
500 -60000 cfs barely runnable-high runnable II-III Flow range for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report.

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User Comments

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September 6 2006 (4187 days ago)
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I & some friends have run this stretch several times. Right below the Columbia Canal diversion
dam (which has been run many times on RR side--NOT recommended at very low or very high spillover
levels), there's a river-wide shoals that contains some good play waves at favorable levels, then a
stretch of flat water to the U.S. 176 bridge. Right at the bridge there's a river-wide
"ledge", of sorts, that was formed by rubble & debris dropped into the river when the
bridge was widened from 2 to 4 lanes. It's runnable, but watch for sharp rocks & rebar at low
levels. After this the next feature is Earlewood Shoals, a class 1 rock garden where the river
constricts but there isn't much gradient. After this, the next rapid starts at the approach to
I-126 bridge, where several good surf waves form at the right water levels--class 2 at low flows
& class 3 at higher flows. At the pool below this drop is the Saluda confluence on far river
right, but the river is a half mile wide at this point. Staying left, the next rapid is Water Works
(class 2+), a boulder garden with a few feet of gradient. The final rapid before the take-out at
Gervais Street bridge is the class 2 Jailhouse Shoals, so named for the former state penitentiary
that was located here. Overall, it's a good beginner- to intermediate-level run at moderate flows;
a more serious run at higher flows.

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