Guided Canoe Tours

Canoeing on Cedar Creek

Park visitors enjoy a leisurely paddle down Cedar Creek

NPS Photo

Have you ever wanted to take a canoe trip on Cedar Creek with a park ranger? The park offers a limited number of free guided canoe tours each year allowing visitors to experience the Congaree Wilderness in a unique way. While on the creek, rangers will talk about the natural and cultural history of the last remaining old-growth bottomland forest in the United States. Visitors will see large bald cypress, loblolly pine and a variety of wildlife while on the tour. Would you like to join us?

Canoe Tour Information

Dates for the Ranger-Guided Canoe Tours can be found on the park's Calendar of Events. All reservations are made online; no reservations will be taken by phone or through email. Tours are limited to 16 individuals and last approximately 3 1/2 to 4 hours. Individuals can register for one tour only and reserve a maximum of 6 seats. Spaces are available until filled to capacity. If a date does not show up when trying to register, all seats for that date have been filled. The park does not maintain a waiting list and tours are not given upon request.

Participant Requirements

Canoe tour participants must meet the following requirements:

  • At least one adult (18 or older) must be in each canoe
  • Children participating must be at least 6 years old
  • Participants must know how to swim without the aid of a flotation device

What to Bring

The park provides all canoes, paddles and personal flotation devices (PFD) for visitors. Those participating should bring with them:

  • Weather appropriate clothing (a wicking fabric is best; cotton clothing is nor recommended)
  • Footwear that straps or ties onto feet (Flip-flops or Crocs will not be permitted)
  • Water (at least 1 liter/person)
  • An optional small snack
  • Sun screen
  • Insect repellent

Trip Cancellations

Park staff reserve the right to cancel a canoe tour for any reason. Participants will be informed as soon as possible if a tour is cancelled. There are no rain checks or make-up dates for cancelled tours. Reasons a tour may be cancelled include, but are not limited to:

  • Inclement Weather
  • Air Temperature below 45º Fahrenheit
  • Heat index above 103º Fahrenheit
  • Winds 30 miles per hour or higher
  • Unsafe water conditions
If you yourself must cancel a reservation, please let park staff know as soon as possible so that those seats can be filled. You can call the Visitor Center at (803) 776-4396 or cancel the tours on the reservations site yourself.

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