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Improvement Project Planned for South Cedar Creek Canoe Launch

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Date: April 8, 2013
Contact: Lauren Gurniewicz, 803-647-3969

The South Cedar Creek Canoe Launch and parking area at Congaree National Park in Hopkins, South Carolina, will be closed intermittently this spring as crews begin work on a construction and improvement project. Visitors wishing to access Cedar Creek for a paddle during the closures may use the Bannister Bridge Canoe Access, located on Old Bluff Road.

Contractors will undertake a project to improve the existing canoe/kayak launch by expanding the parking area and building a new access ramp and launch, which will enhance the visitor experience and prevent creek slope erosion. The project will greatly improve the safety, appearance, and usability of the launch and parking areas. The public should expect sporadic construction related closures at the South Cedar Creek Canoe Launch to take place in the upcoming months.

Visitors are encouraged to call the Visitor Center, 803 776-4396, for Cedar Creek access information prior to your visit.

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Oxbow Lake

There are many natural lakes called “Oxbows” within Congaree National Park, which used to be bends in the Congaree River. Some formed thousands of years ago.