Wilderness Canoe Tours

Canoeing on Cedar Creek
Park visitors enjoy a leisurely paddle down Cedar Creek

NPS Photo

Have you ever wanted to take a guided canoe trip on Cedar Creek? 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, you will learn about and experience 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

2019 Fall Canoe Tour Schedule
9:00 AM Start: September 6, 7, 20, 21, 27, 28, October 4, 5

Reservations can be made through Recreation.gov. Reservations for all of the spring canoe tours will be available starting on March 1. All reservations must be made online; no reservations will be taken at the park by phone or through email. Tours are limited to 12 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.

Local Outfitters
If you are unable to reserve a space on one of the park's guided canoe tours or are not visiting the park on a day one is offered, there are several local outfitters who are permitted to operate tours and/or rent equipment to visitors. (This list is subject to change and is regularly updated.)

Participant Requirements

Canoe tour participants must meet the following requirements:

  • At least one person per canoe must have kayak or canoe experience.
  • 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 (All trash must be packed out. Trash recepticals are available at the South Cedar Creek parking area)
  • 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 yourself through Recreation.gov.

Last updated: July 30, 2019

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100 National Park Road
Hopkins, SC 29061


(803) 776-4396

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