Saluda River Kayaking
208 Candi Lane, Columbia, SC
If you love to kayak, the Saluda River in Columbia is the perfect place! If you bring your own kayak, there are several places to launch along the river depending on the length of the trip you’re intending to take (refer to the map above for further details). Several local gear stores in the area offer kayak or inner tube rentals and shuttle transport, so you don’t even need your own kayak to enjoy the local beauty.
The Saluda River is mostly calm, but there are several minor rapids along the way. If you are unfamiliar with river kayaking, it may be best to head to the Lake Murray Marina and rent a kayak there, where the water is more quiet. That being said, the rapids along the river are very manageable, and a special river kayak is not required. There are likely to be other kayakers or tubers out enjoying the river, particularly in the summer. The scenery is picturesque and highlights one of South Carolina’s most beautiful natural resources! We recommend contacting one of the gear stores listed below for information on the best places to park and gear rates for kayak rentals and shuttle service, if you do not have an extra vehicle available.