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Difficulty I-II
Length 3 Miles
Flow Range 1000 - 100000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 27 minutes ago 15000 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 11/21/2010 12:36 pm

River Description

This is a good short beginner run. At higher flows most things begin to wash out and some holes form near the bridges. 3 mi. Can be run in an hour or less.

River then widens and the Broad joins the Saluda. There is a riverwide shoal-type rapid with lots of playable waves and holes. Run just left of the rocks in the middle of the river.

From here down, read and run easy class II+. There are some more holes etc as you approach the first bridge, nothing scary unless the water is really high. Takeout just past the second bridge (not counting the zoo bridge) on river left; there is a small beach. Access here may be iffy right now--tread lightly.

Directions to Gervais takeout from the zoo: get back on I-126 towards Columbia (East). Take the first exit (Huger St.). A mile or so down Huger, turn right on
Gervais St. Just before crossing the bridge, there is a parking lot on the left hand side with a bus stop in front of it. Park here. Walk to the back corner of the lot, down that street just a bit, and you will see the short take-out trail down to the river.

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SC Rivers To Get New Advocate

Kevin Colburn

Last Tuesday the Waterkeeper Alliance board of directors approved an application for a new riverkeeper for the Columbia, South Carolina area.  The riverkeeper will act as an advocate for the Saluda, Congaree, and Broad rivers.  Knowing that rivers need all the help they can get, AW wrote a letter of support for the riverkeeper position earlier this month.

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Coleman Awarded AW Steward of the Year Award

Ben Van Camp

American Whitewater and Wave Sport presented the AW Steward of the Year Award to Charlene Coleman of Columbia, South Carolina, at the annual American Whitewater Gauley Festival in Summersville, WV this past weekend.  Coleman is the first recipient of the annual river stewardship achievement award which recognizes individuals who make outstanding contributions to river access, conservation, and/or safety on behalf of American Whitewater.  Along with the recognition Coleman was awarded the Wave Sport boat of her choice.

Matt Muir


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1198724 11/21/10 Matt Muir Corrected coords; added mileage.
1193817 10/29/06 n/a n/a