A comprehensive planning effort for the lower Saluda River was initiated in 1988 by the South Carolina Water Resources Commission (now the Department of Natural Resources, Water Resources Division) and the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. The 30-member Lower Saluda River Task Force, representing citizens and interest groups from throughout the area, worked for 18 months compiling The Lower Saluda River Corridor Plan which was published in July 1990. This plan presents over 70 recommendations for the long-term management of this 10-mile stretch of river that begins below Lake Murray. It was ten months after the plan was produced that the South Carolina State Legislature designated the lower Saluda as a State Scenic River. The Lower Saluda River Corridor Plan now serves as the management plan for the Lower Saluda Scenic River.
The 40 page corridor plan describes the river's resources and also contains maps and artistic photographs taken by Columbia photographer Will Barnes. Management issues are presented and recommendations provided to address access and facilities, historic and archaeological sites, law enforcement, litter, resource protection, tourism and promotion, and user safety. Conceptual plans for park opportunities and public access points are presented in three color drawings.
For additional information about the Lower Saluda Corridor Planning Project, or to request a hardcopy of The Lower Saluda River Corridor Plan, please contact:
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
P.O. Box 167
Columbia, SC 29202
Telephone: (803) 734-9096
Fax: (803) 734-9200