Saluda, North - 3 - Route 89 to Saluda River


Saluda, North, South Carolina, US

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3 - Route 89 to Saluda River (State Road 89 to Ga State road 139)

Usual Difficulty II-III (for normal flows)
Length 3 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
NORTH SALUDA RIVER ABOVE SLATER,SC
usgs-021623975 50 - 1000 cfs II-III 00h57m 92.1 cfs (running)
need to establish flow range


River Description

Jim Spears "I paddled the North Saluda from Hwy 11 to hwy 183 at Saluda Lake. This was part of a Foothills Paddling Club trip back in about May '96. It is a pretty good stretch of Piedmont type river particularly the last half. I remember it took us about 6 hours to make the paddle and some people barely made it in before dark. The last few miles were on teh Saluda after the confluence. The lower portions of the North Saluda and parts of the South Saluda are similar to the whitewater section of the Tyger. The upper few miles below hwy 11 is a small stream/river. Good local paddling stream, particularly if you have a whole day to run. Nothing was real hard. It has been years and that is about all I remember. The paddle could be made much shorter by putting in a some point below hwy. 11"
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2005-09-21 16:49:04

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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April 14 2009 (3415 days ago)
Jason DavisDetails
Has anyone else ran this from Route 89 to the Saluda river? I'm looking at some maps and it looks
like we would put in on Keeler Bridge Rd. I've ran a section of this run, putting in on Hwy 186 and
taking out on Hunt's Bridge road. There is a decent Class II/III rapid below the confluence of the
South Saluda (We've always called that one "Butt Crack" because of a nasty little crack in the drop
that all the beginners seem to get sucked into and get pinned or flip). I'm not sure why you want
want to paddle back upstream to take out like the map shows, instead of taking out on Hunts Bridge
Rd. Next time I run it, I'll take some Pictures. It's a good beginner run, although LOTS of
flatwater on the Saluda river. Not sure about the South Saluda section though.
May 21 2005 (4839 days ago)
Jim SpearsDetails
I paddled the North Saluda from Hwy 11 to hwy 183 at Saluda Lake. This was part of a Foothills
Paddling Club trip back in about May '96. It is a pretty good stretch of Piedmont type river
particularly the last half. I remember it took us about 6 hours to make the paddle and some people
barely made it in before dark. The last few miles were on teh Saluda after the confluence. The
lower portions of the North Saluda and parts of the South Saluda are similar to the whitewater
section of the Tyger. The upper few miles below hwy 11 is a small stream/river. Good local paddling
stream, particularly if you have a whole day to run. Nothing was real hard. It has been years and
that is about all I remember. The paddle could be made much shorter by putting in a some point
below hwy. 11.


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