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Registration now open for 11th Annual Saluda River Rally on June 5

Registration is now open for the Anderson County Parks Department’s 11th annual Saluda River Rally on Saturday, June 5.

The event will be held at Dolly Cooper Park in Powdersville from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., where canoers, kayakers paddleboarders and other water sports enthusiasts can launch for either a nine-mile or 15-mile paddle down the Saluda River. About 300 paddlers participated in the 2019 rally, with organizers anticipating another successful event.

“Anderson County is blessed by an abundance of water,” said Glenn Brill, director of Anderson County’s Parks, Recreation & Tourism Division. “The Rally showcases the Saluda River on our eastern border, where we’re leading a four-county effort to create a 48-mile Blueway on the Saluda from the Saluda Lake Dam to Ware Shoals.”

The Rally’s nine-mile paddle will run from Dolly Cooper Park to the Piedmont Dam. The nine-mile trek is approximately three hours. Those participating in the 15-mile route will portage around the dam and continue six miles downriver to the canoe/kayak launch located at the Timmerman Jr Boat Ramp in Pelzer. The 15-mile paddle is approximately five hours.

Transportation will be available to take participants from their ending point back to their vehicle at Dolly Cooper Park.

Personal flotation devices are required for the rally. Those wishing to rent a kayak can contact Saluda River Rambler at saludariverrambler@gmail.com or message Saluda River Rambler on Facebook.

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Tickets are $35-$37 and include a t-shirt and a meal at the Saluda River Grill in Piedmont. Proceeds from the Saluda River Rally benefit Anderson County Special Olympics Area 14.

For complete event details and volunteer opportunities, go HERE.

Photos courtesy of Anderson County Parks, Recreation & Tourism Division.

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