Paddling Lake Saluda

5 thoughts on “Paddling Lake Saluda”

  1. I wish that lake, and some others, could be dredged out and restored. Although the area at the head of the lake would make good wetlands habitat.

    1. Tough call. We’ve got the same problem with the little lake behind our house. We like the habitat, but it would be nice if the lake could be restored to its original boundaries.

  2. Probably the biggest challenge is paying for it. My inclination is to want to see the lakes dredged in order to fit their original purpose, but the habitat creation is something that shouldn’t be ignored. A tough but widespread issue for sure.

    My youngest brother lives on Lake Blalock NE of Spartanburg. GREAT lake, as there are limits on boat size and power, and plenty of nice, deep water. The Paccolet River comes in from the NW, as does a large creek on Dan’s branch. Plenty of good bird life and wooded shore as well.

  3. Saluda Lake is the best kept secret in Greenville, and yes, the residents like it that way !! We have no problems with the shallow areas ( a dredging operation is approved and will be starting soon ).

  4. The dredging was done several years ago.

    Not perfect, i used to have a 21 sailboat in that lake and would run aground in areas that were supposed to be dredged 4 ft and were randomly less than two.

    Kayaks should be fine now. Those bouys there are for the ski slolam. That dates back to the old days of saluda when there was a ski school on the lake and it was a very popular lake. There are still a few people who ski regularly, in that lake. Hard core wet suit guys who ski well before and after swimming season.

    That big cabin sailboat you saw had been blocked in from silt for years and even after the dredging it would have been near impossible to do anything with. The owners put that house up for sale and i wonder if it is still there.

    There is a free ramp to launch in Pickens county off of pistol club road. Google maps will help you find it.

    Lots of kayakers on this lake. When i lived on it I’d wake up to them fishing at my living room window every morning.

    Its a cold water lake. It never warms up. We’ve caught nice rainbow trout in this lake in late April. Gets deeper towards the dam.

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