Author: Eric Davis

Third Installment of the “Discover the ERCK Trail” Paddling Series January 12th

Edisto River Adventures continues a series of guided paddles designed to explore 60 miles of the Edisto River known as the Edisto River Canoe and Kayak Trail. Colleton and Givhans State Parks are partnering with the outfitter on the outings scheduled for the 2nd Saturday of each month through April 2019.

Paddle #2 of 6 will start where they left off last month – Minnie Gruber Rumph Landing (Stokes Bridge) – and end at Mars Old Field Landing. This 8-mile section of twists and turns will feature a side foray into Indian Field Swamp. This area, where few have had the opportunity to paddle, is chock full of Tupelo and Cypress trees and knees.

Colleton State Park’s primitive campground is reserved for anyone who wants to camp the night before and/or the night of ($5/person). For those that prefer water and power sites – please contact Colleton State Park (843) 538-8206.

Shuttle service is a $10 donation that covers the entire series.  Kayak or Paddleboard rentals are $45 and those with their own equipment are welcome as well.

January 12th Trip Schedule:
Coffee and Sign In @ 7:30 am – Colleton SP-Primitive Camp
Shuttle service starts @ 8 am.

Contact Edisto River Adventures 843-695-8146 for more information and to register.

Go Paddle SC Paddle Party – End of Season Celebration September 29th

Join in the statewide paddling celebration showcasing the ERCK Trail!  Take advantage of free shuttle service in the morning to end your paddle at the party.  Enjoy live music and local eats.  Meet some new paddling buddies.  Clean up the river in advance of the event and be rewarded with free food and drink!  Visit for registration information and full details.



Edisto River Adventures, Keep Dorchester County Beautiful, and Dorchester County Partner to Clean Illegal Dump Site along ERCK Trail

ST. GEORGE, SC (June 15, 2018) – On Thursday, June 14, 2018 Dorchester County worked in tandem with Edisto River Adventures and Keep Dorchester County Beautiful to remove an abandoned boat that was being used as an illegal dumpsite from the Edisto River.

Captain Earl Johnston with Edisto River Adventures towed the abandoned boat to T.W. Messervy Landing where he was met by Ernie Knight and Kip Carter with Dorchester County Fleet Services and Donna Thomas, Dorchester County Litter Control Officer who removed the boat from the river and disposed of it properly.

Dorchester County has been unable to prosecute the illegal dumpsite due to the boat registration numbers being filed off. If anyone has any information about the possible perpetrator is asked to contact Dorchester County Litter Control at (843) 832-0070.

Edisto River Stewardship Day 2018

Help us remove litter from Bamberg to Jacksonborro!  Friends of the Edisto Stewardship Day will be held May 12 at Colleton State Park. First held in 2002, this annual service event is designed to increase the appreciation of the river and demonstrate the impact litter has on our beautiful river. Unfortunately the people who litter are not the ones who help with the cleanup.

Many thanks to Colleton County who supports the effort by providing a dumpster at the park and having their employees make a circuit of the landings to collect trash collected by our volunteers.

Live music and a BBQ lunch prepared by Dukes of Ridgeville highlight the after party! The music starts at 10AM and lunch is served at noon.

We invite you to pick up supplies at the gazebo on Hwy 15 after 9AM. If you have a group that would like to make supply arrangements in advance please contact Howard Bridgman at 843-297-2366 or

Building on its years of cleanups, FRED has recently been working to have our landings adopted. Unfortunately, one or two cleanups a year isn’t enough to keep the river clean. Hugo Krispyn of FRED has signed up 14 landings on the river so far. If you would like to adopt a landing please contact Hugo Krispyn at

ERCK Trail Commission Offers Summer Paddling Series

The boats have been cleaned and are ready for the Edisto River Canoe and Kayak (ERCK) Trail Commission’s 2018 series of monthly guided paddles along various sections of the ERCK Trail.  These trips are ideal for first-timers and those those seeking in-depth Edisto River knowledge from seasoned guides. Prices are unbeatable at $35/kayak and $45/canoe!  Trips run the second Saturday of the month through August, and depart from ERCK’s shed in Colleton State Park.  Pre-registration is required.  To find out more about these unique offerings from some of the most knowledgeable river guides visit the ERCK Commission Paddle Trips page!

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