Congaree Riverkeeper's blog

World Fish Migration Day

Today is World Fish Migration Day, a one day global initiative to create awareness on the importance of open rivers and migratory fish.  Many fish must travel up and down rivers to complete their lifecycles, unfortunately a number of issues, including dam construction, poor flow conditions and poor water quality, have made those migrations difficult and caused declines in migratory fish species.  Restoring these species and their habitat is an important step to improving the health and productivit

Kayaking on Bates Old River

On Sunday, with the weather finally warming up a bit, Sara and I decided to take her new kayak out.  We chose Bates Old River in Congaree National Park for the maiden voyage. 

Camp Cooking Workshop and Hike at Congaree

Rivers and Dark Skies

Take a look at the image below showing our state at night.  It is part of the "Black Marble" set of images captured by a NASA-NOAA satellite and released earlier this month.  You can view a zoomable version of the entire planet by following the link.

A Journey down the Congaree River Blue Trail

In November I got to take an amazing trip down 47 miles of the Congaree River Blue Trail.  I was joined on this trip by former Congaree Riverkeeper Stuart Greeter, southeastern director of American Rivers Gerrit Jobsis, and river enthusiast Philoma Skipper.  We spent four days and three nights paddling the river and camping on sandbars.  While the temperatures were a bit chilly, and some nights were a bit rainy, the trip was extraordinary.  The scenery, from the leaves changing colors, to big trees of Congaree National park, to the bluffs rising over the river, was truly

Canoeing on Congaree Creek

A Trip on The Congaree

Last Friday I took a trip on the Congaree River with my talented photographer and supportive girlfriend Sara McGregor.  We took the "new" Riverkeeper jon boat and put in at the Bates Bridge Landing off of Highway 601.  The landing is right under the 601 bridge which is currently under construction.  From the landing we ran down to the confluence where the Congaree and Wateree Rivers meet to form the Santee River and the headwaters of Lake Marion.  Heading back upstream we passed under the Norfolk Southern railroad bridge where the rail line crosses the river be

Bee Natural Supports Congaree Riverkeeper


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Trout Stocking on the Lower Saluda River

Many fish make long and difficult journeys to get from where they hatch to where they currently live, but a few thousand trout near our capital city of Columbia may have one of the most unique of these journeys.  On December 13th the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) partnered to stock approximately 13,000 trout in the Lower Saluda River.  Around 5:00 a.m.

A Beautiful Day at Riverfront Park

By Mullen Taylor, Guest Blogger and member of Congaree Riverkeeper Board of Directors

Tubing on the Congaree River - August 6, 2011

Tubing on our rivers has become a very popular pastime.  So when “little friends” from North Carolina were visiting the Congaree Riverkeeper, that’s what we decided to do.  Tyler and Tristine tubed down the Congaree River for the first time last Saturday.  A short trip was planned, because we weren’t

Saluda River on Sunday Afternoon - July 31, 2011

Ron and Angela floated the lower Saluda River last Sunday and enjoyed the experience.  Little sit-on-top kayaks are very forgiving and just m

"Going the Extra Mile Award"

The Congaree River has been really low the past few days.  How low was it?  Well, 1,000 cfs and 2 feet at the gauge in Columbia.  But that situation offers unique opportunities.  The water is clear and it’s a great time to see what’s on the river bottom.

Progress on Tar Balls

Congaree Riverkeeper spent time on the water today, with a crew hired by SCE&G, to take core samples in the river.  You may have seen the little pontoon boat out on the water below Gervais Street Bridge.  The crew has sampled about a hundred points to identify the extent of the plume of tar that came out of the creek.  At this point that plume is pretty well identified and extends approximately100' out into the river and about 1,600' down river.  Bottom sediment at some points is nonexistent and may be 12' deep in others.  But the thick spots are anomalies.  The thickness of the sediment throughout the area averages about a foot.  That's good news, because it means the tar is contained in a relatively small area. 

Paddling the Congaree River Blue Trail

The Congaree River is a unique recreational resource with tremendous potential, which is why we should not abuse it.

IceMan Races on Saturday

Iceberg Rocks

Congaree River on Monday

The Ice Man Cometh on Saturday


Saluda River Stocked with Trout

More than 18,000 trout are being released today (December 1, 2009) into the lower Saluda River by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. 

Lower Saluda River Photos

 Here are some photos of the Lower Saluda River taken by Brian Taylor

Our Beautiful Rivers

Residents of the Greater Columbia area are fortunate to live in a place where three rivers flow through our capital city. Our rivers set us apart from other metropolitan areas because of the incredible natural beauty and recreational opportunities the Lower Broad, Lower Saluda and the Congaree Rivers have to offer us, right in our own “backyard.” Let’s not forget what a treasure these rivers are to the Midlands.