The glimmer of much-needed sunshine cuts through the mist hanging low over Lake Greenwood. The drip of water from the trees above reminds one that the thunderstorms from the night before were real and mighty indeed. The kayak moves soundlessly as its nose cuts through the water, the paddle motionless for a moment.
Paddling puts you so much closer to nature, to the water itself. You become one, joined in the journey of exploration and exhaustion. This lake is not a rushing wave of water, but a flat plane to navigate under your own power, going solo or with friends.
The Lake Greenwood Blueway water trail grant was obtained and implemented just for this purpose – to enjoy the water in a more environmentally friendly way, to give residents and visitors of the Lakelands a different view of the beauty to be found here, and to provide a connection that will help us see, up close and personal, how important the preservation of this natural resource is to future generations.
Put-in and take-out locations on the Greenwood shores were landscaped and developed to be more navigable for canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards (or SUPs as they are called) and all paddlesports. Benches to take a break and kiosks to share information about the lake were installed. Picnic tables were added for those who may want to take a lunch break on Goat Island during longer paddling trips or to stay overnight on one of the primitive sites there. A canoe portage across the earthen dam was required to tie into the Saluda River below.
The Lake Greenwood Blueway water trail received guidance and financial aid assistance from the Recreational Trails Program in cooperation with the South Carolina State Trails Program and the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration. Although Greenwood Lake Management applied and carried out the work to complete the grant, support and enthusiasm from county administration and other departments, along with many local organizations and businesses, have already helped us build a strong team for the future of this project. We thank these partners.
Now the fun begins as we open a free event to the public! Lake Greenwood Blueway “Explore the Outdoors” will take place rain or shine on July 27th from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Buzzards Roost Boat Ramp, 7261 SC 34, Ninety Six Hwy. By registering online or on the day of the event, one can explore new ways to enjoy the lake and stay safe. Calm Water Kayak Tours will be on hand to let you experience a short trip in a kayak, sharing safety tips and instruction for maneuvering in flat waters. Earth Connection Outfitters will bring samples of stand-up paddleboards for demonstrations and try-outs.
Clemson Cooperative Extension, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), Preserving Lake Greenwood, Moon Landing RV Park & Marina, volunteer crafters, and Sunny 103.5 FM will be on site for demonstrations, and hands-on experiences. Handout materials will be available from the America Canoe Association, the North American Safe Boating Campaign, SCDNR, Veteran Affairs Office, and many others.
See our web site at www.greenwoodsc.gov/lakeblueway to find more information and to register for the event, or call our office at 864-942-8650 or 864-943-2648.
To learn more about Blueway water trails, check out this video produced by American Rivers at http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=4_MVcxR1nbI.
Join us to see one more way ”we the people” can work together making the Lakelands area a great place to be!
The Greenwood Lake Management office helps Greenwood County, owner of the lake, to meet all Federal and State guidelines by maintaining the lake management program. We enforce the regulations set by those guidelines by adhering to resolutions enacted by Greenwood County Council that control registration, permits, and fees for all encroachments on the lake. We update and maintain public access points and those properties surrounding the Buzzards Roost Hydro Dam and earthen dam. Our trained lake specialists spray for aquatic weeds and mosquitoes, and help protect the dam by removing logs and large debris that could damage the Hydro Dam. Our five-member staff covers the 212 miles of shoreline and 11,400 acres of water that border Greenwood, Laurens and Newberry counties. We are also responsible for community outreach and lake resident education programs, including support of the yearly Lake Greenwood Cleanup Blitz.