The county and Grady’s Great Outdoors will be hosting a kayak float from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. The Saturday float will consist of mainly shorter kayak floats, while the Sunday float will be one 9-mile trip from Powdersville to Piedmont.
“We welcome people to bring out their own kayaks and to see the river,” Schell said. “The Saluda River is an untapped resource.”
People who want to participate in the kayak float on Saturday can drive to the Dolly Cooper Sports Complex from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Grady’s Great Outdoors will transport the attendees and their kayaks to an access point about 2.6 miles north, and the kayak participants can float down the river.
Even those who don’t own kayaks can come to the event, and Grady’s will let them use some of them, according to Anderson County Parks Department Manager Matt Schell. However, there will be a limited supply of kayaks.
The kayak float itself will be free, but there will vendors at the complex selling food and other items.
Schell said that the event will be much more than just a kayak float.
The South Carolina Kayak Fishing Club, Foothills Motorsports, Strickland Marine, Go Play Outdoors Disc Golf, Grady’s Great Outdoors and Heritage Outdoor Living will all have a presence at the Dolly Cooper Sports Complex. It will also be a good opportunity for people to mingle and to network, he said.
Those who want to participate in the kayak float on Saturday need to fill out reservations with Grady’s Great Outdoors, Schell said.
They also need to keep in mind that it will be a long kayak float — a 9-mile kayak trip could take between three and four hours. It will start from the Dolly Cooper Sports Complex and end at near downtown Piedmont, at the Old Mill Warehouse near the Saluda River Dam.
There will be a free barbecue dinner for participants when they end the ride in Piedmont, and then they’ll be transported back to their vehicles in Powdersville.