Congaree River Day Trip

Our Signature single day kayaking trip down the Congaree River.
Your adventure begins on the banks of the Congaree River in Cayce. Your guide will meet you and then set up all guests with their very own kayak for the day. Our kayaks will be pre-loaded with lunch and a cooler with cold drinks. During your adventure you will paddle near the site of Fort Congaree, alongside the Cherokee Trail and make a stop on a sandbar near where Congaree Indians once lived. We will introduce our guests to the history of the Congaree Indians for which the river gets its name. Further downstream on your adventure you will be taken back to a time when river boats ruled the Congaree River and helped in the development of Columbia. You will get to paddle past a sunken river barge that is still partially exposed in the river. Along your adventure our guides will point out some of the characteristics of the river and the abundant wildlife that calls it home including Eagles, Deer and Wild Boars.

We’ll make scheduled stops on beautiful, secluded sandbars where you’ll get a chance to play in the river and have lunch. We can also introduce our guests to the game known as Geocaching while on this trip as we will pass by several.

These trips are scheduled for Saturdays in June thru early August. Special trips can be booked with advanced notice. Due to the length of this trip (11 miles) it is not recommended for kids under the age of 12.

If you would like to book a trip for your family, group or business contact us and we will set you up with the date that works best for you.

**If you are part of a group that has their own kayaks and gear and would like to paddle this section contact us about our guide rates for groups.**

Spots are limited for these trips. We only book up to 6 people per trip to make sure that all our guests have our guide’s full attention. Don’t miss out on a chance to see this beautiful section of river. We are the ONLY outdoor company in Columbia with river access for single day trips of this type in Columbia.

Current trips planned:

2017 Trips:
Saturday June 3rd: Fully booked
Saturday June 10th: Fully booked
Saturday June 24th: Fully booked
Saturday July 8th: Fully booked
Saturday July 22nd: Fully booked
Saturday July 29th: 1 Spot available
Saturday August 5th: Fully booked
Saturday September 30th: 2 Spots Available


Cost: Our Single Day Kayaking Trip cost is $85 per person. This includes your kayaking gear, lunch, drinks and return transportation. Each trip is fully guided.

We try to update spots available on a daily bases. However, spots listed as available may have been taken and not updated yet. Please give us a call at 803-381-2293 to check availability.

“How long is this trip?” – Our signature single day kayaking trip is approximately 11-12 miles long.

“How long does it take?” – Our trip starts at 10am and ends at approximately 4pm. You should expect to be returned to your vehicle by 5pm but it could be later. Note that trips can be shorter or longer depending on the group speed.

“Are there any rapids on this portion of the Congaree River?” No, it is all flat water.

“Is the return shuttle service included in the trip?” – Yes. We will pick up all our guests at the exit point on the river and return them to the trip starting point.

Any more questions please call or Contact us and we will answer your questions within 24 hours.


20 comments on “Congaree River Day Trip

  1. Heather H. – “Excellent kayak trip down the Congaree River! We had a great time, learned a lot, and met new friends. I cannot recommend this enough and we will definitely do it again!”

  2. Terry L. – “What a great outing on the Congaree River yesterday! Even paddling through a brief afternoon rainstorm couldn’t put a ‘damper’ on an enjoyable trip. Thanks, Billy and Wayne! I’ll be back!”

  3. What a great trip! Loved the scenery and history Billy shared of the river! We will absolutely be planning another trip next summer! Thank you Billy!

  4. Jennifer T – “Fabulous day with Awesome Friends!! I want to go again & again & again!!!! Thank you Billy for a fantastic day!”

  5. Rebecca L – “Thank you for a wonderful trip!!! I learned so much!!!! And I can’t wait to do it again and explore other rivers with you at the lead!!!:))))”

  6. Kim C. – “Sunscreen is a must & get a good night’s sleep before you go. It’s a beautiful trip where you can go at your own pace and see great unspoiled nature. Billy is knowledgeable & very well organized and made this trip easy and fun!”

  7. Matt N. – “Had the best time on the trip today! Where else do you get to learn history, meet new people, spend a great day paddling, and find caches! Thanks a ton to the best guide ever!”

  8. Elinor F. – “First, let me tell you how much I enjoyed our outing. I was amazed at how quickly 11 miles can go by, and how I was able to complete it!! I had fun and learn something new about kayaking every time I go out. Thank for a great trip. “

  9. Wayne A. – “For a beginner, this is the place to learn. Our guide Billy, took a great amount of time explaining how to manover the kayak. The scenery was beautiful. The wind kicked up a bit and we had to pattle some to keep up. Plenty of history in the area that was brought to our attention be the guide. Overall, an Awsome experience. I definitely plan to do this again.”

  10. Craig F. – “Only my 4th Kayaking trip But Had a BLAST. The guide Billy, took great care explaining the safety rules and how to maneuver the kayak to everyone. Enjoyed the History lesson and the scenery was GORGEOUS. Had smooth yaking all the way, till the Wind tunnel. A GREAT expierence for the whole family. Already planning my next trip. A+++++++++’s all the way around.”

  11. Kimberly A. – “What an amazing adventure! My son (16) and I enjoyed every aspect of this trip. This was his first time kayaking and my fourth. The group was just the right size and everything we needed for the day was provided and we just had to show up. The interactive history sessions were wonderful and held our interest. Although the river was super high and we were unable to see one aspect, time was still given to discuss it and with our imagination caps on it was quite delightful. The paddle times between breaks were sufficient and the conversations were fun. Within 2 miles my son was a pro with his set up. The “wind tunnel” dis not disappoint and the weather was perfect. I would do this trip again and bring others. A great day to spend with friends, family or to meet new people. Thanks Billy for an A plus experience.”

  12. Mary B. – “Great trip today down the Congaree! History, nature, paddling. Doesn’t get much better than that!”

  13. Denise W. – “Thoroughly enjoyed our trip planned by Carolina Outdoor Adventures. Every detail was covered from clean kayaks and interesting history along the river bank to a delicious lunch. HIGHLY recommend!!”

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