Highly recommended for paddlers who enjoy breathtaking, mystical rivers! Meet at Stokes Bridge (directions below) at 10 am to start our shuttle/drop kayaks/gear. We will shuttle vehicles to Givhans Ferry State Park and carpool paddlers back to Stokes Bridge. Thanks to Bob Bundy, USC-L Biology/Chemistry professor, who will highlight fascinating natural history on the Edisto River while we kayak. If you haven't experienced Bob's expertise, you are in for a treat! We will paddle for approximately five hours also fyi.
For those who enjoy camping, please feel free to secure personal camping reservations at Givhans Ferry State Park (http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/givhansferry/introduction.aspx) to enjoy even more fun and avoid the Sat. am drive to the Edisto River. Again, participants make personal camping reservations…
Please check your kayak thoroughly before participating to ensure that it is in safe, working condition only (no broken seats please) and inflate sit-in kayak airbags in advance. Life jackets/pfd's will be required and please wear closed-toe shoes, such as Keens, river shoes, or even old tennis shoes. NO SLICK SOLES PLEASE for safety purposes; if you do not have river shoes/sandals, wear old tennis shoes. Paddlers are encouraged to bring a change of clothes in a waterproof bag/drybag. DNR requires that paddlers carry a whistle at all times. Bring kayaks/gear, water, snacks, insect repellant, hats, gum and sunblock. River guides have either completed River/Swift Water Rescue Courses or are extremely experienced, solid kayakers/canoers. Also, we strive to have a safe ratio of one guide for five paddlers. Safety is our TOP PRIORITY, and river safety is checked/confirmed approximately three to four hours before these events.
Directions to Stokes Bridge: (GPS N[masked] W[masked]) - (https://maps.google.com/maps?expflags=enable_star_based_justifications:true&ie=UTF8&cid=4683772805762261386&q=Stokes+Bridge&iwloc=A&gl=US&hl=en): Access/take-out is just below the bridge. From Exit 68 on I-95 near Walterboro, drive southeast on SC 61 for 8.5 miles and turn left onto Colleton County S-15-21. The bridge is at the county line.
****PLEASE EITHER E-MAIL (via this Meetup or [masked]) QUESTIONS/CONCERNS BEFORE FRI., JUL 18. In case of inclement weather/unsafe river conditions, this Meetup will be cancelled by 6 am on 7/19/14. Please check this Meetup for cancellation before traveling to Stokes Bridge on 7/19.*****