Saturday, June 4th | 8am-6pm | Dolly Cooper Park

 

ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. (June 2, 2022) The Saluda River Rally facilitates up to 15 miles of paddling. All kayakers will exit the river in Piedmont, 9-miles south of Powdersville, and return to Dolly Cooper or portage around the Piedmont dam for an additional 6-miles to the Timmerman Jr. boat ramp. With the additional kayak launch at Dolly Cooper, families can paddle and tube without leaving the park. Councilman Jimmy Davis said the Saluda River Rally is a family-centered event that brings people of all ages and abilities to three towns and down 15-miles of the river. Come join me on the river!”

Day of the rally registration is available at Dolly Cooper Park (170 Spearman Circle, Greenville, SC 29611). Registration is $35 and includes BBQ lunch, t-shirt, and transportation back to Dolly Cooper Park. Register before the event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/saluda-river-rally-tickets-304820324797. Participants can launch at 8 am and must be out of the river by 5 pm.

Kathy Schofield, “The Saluda River Rally provides funding for over 700 athletes. Area 14- Anderson County Special Olympics hosts 11 year-round sports, state swim competitions, local Spring Games, and attends four out-of-town State competitions. This year, we can send three athletes and a coach to the USA Games in Orlando, FL, June 5th-12th. The SRR demonstrates the passion this community and Anderson County has for their local Special Olympics athletes.”

The Parks Department ensures that the availability of inclusive water recreation opportunities effectively serves the diverse interests of area residents and its visitors.

All three hydropower facilities on the 48-mile Saluda River Blueway continue to support the rally since its inception in 2010.

  • North Brook Carolina: Saluda Lake Hydro Site increases the water release for this event, making the river flow a little faster for a more enjoyable ride.
  • Central Rivers Power: Piedmont Hydro Site allows exclusive access around the dam during the rally, which is otherwise a prohibited area at this time.
  • Duke Energy has been our key sponsor and partner throughout the 48-mile corridor development with funding for three ADA access points.

“As recreation grows in Powdersville and along the Saluda River corridor, we are excited to see the largest turnout for the 12th Saluda River Rally,” said Matt Schell, Anderson County Parks Manager. Dolly Cooper Park featured the first ADA kayak launch almost ten years and paved the way for the three additional ADA kayak launches downstream.”

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