Edisto River

Local Outfitter Offering First Installment of the “Discover the ERCK Trail” Paddling Series

On Saturday, November 10th, Edisto River Adventures begins 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.

The 11/10 paddle will begin at Green Pond Church Landing and end at Colleton State Park. This 9-mile paddle will launch into one of the Edisto’s many oxbows and meander through incredibly beautiful Cypress bottomland to the river’s main stem.  Once on the main stem, the group will paddle downstream to Colleton State Park on a serene and largely undeveloped section of the Edisto. The move into Autumn will create beautiful changes to the landscape and the opportunity to see nature at her best will be prime time.

Throughout the series, the state parks’ primitive camping spaces will be available to folks traveling from near or far on Friday and/or Saturday night. Additionally, there are limited water and power sites available that can be reserved by contacting the park directly. Rental paddling equipment can be arranged with Edisto River Adventures. A shuttle will be provided for those with their own boats and gear. Sign in and registration start on Friday afternoon at 5:00 P.M. in the primitive camping area. Sign in and registration along with coffee and breakfast will continue at 7:00 A.M. on Saturday. The shuttle process will begin at 8:00 A.M. and we will start pushing off at 10:00 A.M. The 11/10 paddle will finish back at the park where a camp fire, s’mores and guitar picking await. Contact Edisto River Adventures 843-695-8146 for more information and to register.

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 HSB0255@bellsouth.net.

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 hugo@swampvox.com.

Givhans Ferry State Park Offers “First Friday Paddle With A Ranger” Series

Join a park ranger for a kayak trip down the Edisto River from Mars Oldfield launch to Givhans Ferry State Park. Kayak and all paddling gear is included in the $25 price of the program. Meet at the Park Office at 11:00am for 11:30am departure. This program is designed for paddlers with at least some experience on moving water or a lot of experience on flat water. Registration deadline is the Wednesday prior to the program. For full details visit the Givhans Ferry State Park website, call (843) 873-0692 or email givhansferry@scprt.com.

 

ERCK Trail Commission Leads Successful Camp Wildwood Paddle

On July 18th, the ERCK Trail Commission led South Carolina Department of Natural Resources’ annual Camp Wildwood paddle. Camp Wildwood is a high energy, hands on environmental camp where campers learn about nature and our impact on the natural environment. The outing started at Simmons Landing and finished six miles downstream at T. Coke Weeks Landing across from Colleton State Park. Taking a leisurely pace of over five hours, campers stopped at multiple sand bars for lunch, fossil hunting, watermelon and good old fashioned playing in the river! The ERCK Trail Commission looks forward to hosting Camp Wildwood again next summer.

New ERCK Trail Website and Map Officially Launched On July 19th

On July 19th Colleton County, Dorchester County and the SC National Heritage Corridor celebrated the culmination of a true partnership effort with the launch of a new website and map for the ERCK Trail, a sixty-two mile stretch of the majestic blackwater Edisto River.

ERCKTrail.org is intended to be a comprehensive tool for planning a variety of river outings on the trail and offers details on access points, river sections, local outfitters, accommodations, news, events and much more!

Information on a variety of ways to obtain a copy of the ERCK Trail Map is available on the website.

Visit the Summerville Journal Scene for an article recapping the map and website launch event!

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