Saluda River

Tubers come to West Columbia from California, Illinois, Sumter and Florence

Tubing down the Saluda River, to the Congaree, may be the most popular tradition of a West Columbia summer. Sometimes hundreds a day tube the clear waters of the rivers, riding the rapids, ending up at West Columbia’s Riverwalk Park. Palmetto Outdoor Owner Michael Mayo tracks the location of those who come to tube. They come from […]

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Riverbank Elementary students release rainbow trout into the Saluda River

Dawn Kujawa – Lexington Two Communications – A four-month journey was completed in April on a small stretch of the Saluda River, and some local students were excited about it. Riverbank Elementary fourth- and fifth-graders released around 50 rainbow trout into the river, which they had raised from the tiniest of eggs in carefully monitored […]

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Saluda River water level rising with Lake Murray drawdown

Lake Murray is releasing a significant amount of water from the dam over a 12-hour period beginning. Expect to see a noticeable increase in water levels along the Lower Saluda River, and the Congaree River. The West Columbia Fire Department announced the lake draw-down and said the river flow will increase with the water release. […]

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West Columbia Riverwalk is now open

The West Columbia Riverwalk is now open after being temporarily closed to the public due to flooding.

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Crowds flock to West Columbia parks and the Congaree River as spring ensues

West Columbia parks are being inundated with visitors as the weather gets warm. From runners and children to parents and fishermen, the parks are alive with activity.  “We are seeing more traffic at the city parks as the weather gets warmer,” said Jamie Hook, City of West Columbia Public Works Director. He was at Riverwalk Park, […]

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Michael Mayo of Palmetto Outdoor receives Capital City/Lake Murray Country Tourism Advocate Award

Michael Mayo, owner of Palmetto Outdoor, received the Capital City/Lake Murray Country Tourism Advocate Award, Thursday. His ecotourism business has attracted thousands each year to the Saluda and Congaree rivers to tube, canoe and kayak. Mayo said: “I was shocked to receive the award.” he also said: “One of the greatest moments in my career.”West […]

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No swimming advisory for the Congaree and Lower Saluda rivers lifted

The Midlands Rivers Coalition follow-up water quality samples collected on Thursday, met the state standard for contact recreation. Therefore, the no-swimming advisories issued for the Congaree and Lower Saluda Rivers are no longer in effect. (Palmetto Outdoor photo)

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Body found on the Saluda River

A body was found in the Saluda River in Columbia, Wednesday, according to the Columbia Police Department.A call came in after 12 noon that the body had been found in the water in the area of Candi Lane, close to the Greystone Boulevard exit at I – 126. The river separates Lexington and Richland counties. […]

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