Congaree River

Congaree River
Congaree River
Congaree River at the fall line, Columbia, South Carolina
Country United States
State South Carolina
Source Saluda River and Broad River
 - coordinates 33°59′41″N 81°03′01″W / 33.994758°N 81.050268°W / 33.994758; -81.050268
Mouth Lake Marion
 - coordinates 33°41′39″N 80°35′48″W / 33.694120°N 80.596574°W / 33.694120; -80.596574
Length 47 mi (76 km)
Map of the Santee River watershed showing the Congaree River

The Congaree River is a short but wide river in South Carolina in the United States; It flows for only 47 miles (78 km). The river serves an important role as the final outlet channel for the entire Lower Saluda and Lower Broad watersheds, before merging with the Wateree River just north of Lake Marion to form the Santee River.

It is formed in Columbia by the confluence of the Saluda and Broad rivers near the Piedmont fall line. It serves as part of the boundary between Richland, Calhoun, and Lexington counties. The only cities near the river are Columbia on the east, and Cayce and West Columbia on the west.

Despite the vast bottomland swamp below Columbia, the Congaree is navigable along much of its length at high water by barge traffic, which comes upriver from the Port of Charleston (approximately 100 miles (167 km) through the Santee-Cooper Lakes to within 5 miles (8 km) of the fall line. The Congaree National Park, one of the main recreational attractions of the river, is located about halfway down the river's course. The 22,200 acre (90 km²) park contains some of the last remaining old growth bottomland hardwood forest in North America. Recreational opportunities include hiking, biking, bird watching, botanical interests, and canoeing.

The river's name comes from the Congaree Indians who used to live along it.


Below is a list of crossing from the river's creation in Columbia downstream to its confluence with the Wateree to form the Santee River:

  • Columbia/West Columbia/Cayce
    • Jarvis Klapman Blvd
    • Gervais Street Bridge (U.S. 1/U.S. 378)
    • Blossom Street Bridge (U.S. 21/U.S. 321)
    • Granby/Olympia Mills railroad trestles
    • Interstate 77/Southeastern Beltway
  • Eastover
    • railroad trestle near confluence
    • McCords Ferry Road (U.S. 601), connecting Eastover and Saint Matthews

See also

  • List of South Carolina rivers

External links

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