Tyger River Canoe Trail

Tyger paddle

The Tyger River flows through the scenic piedmont section of the Sumter National Forest where visitors will find bottomland forests and small marshy areas. The river ranges from two to six feet deep and 40 to 70 feet wide.

Click here for a printable guide and vicinity map.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Gordon's Bridge is no longer open to public use. Please refer to the printable guide and vicinity map for alternative access points.
Permit Info: Primitive camping is allowed on national forest land along the river by permit only. Sedalia Campground is nearby. Contact Enoree District Office at 803-276-4810 for more information. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required to fish on the national forests. The U.S. Forest Service does not issue any licenses or permits for hunting or fishing. Please visit the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Web site for license and regulations information.
Open Season: All year
Information Center: Canoes and flat-bottom boats less than 14 feet long are recommended. River water is not safe to drink. Watch for seasonal flooding and fallen trees. Check local weather forecast before your trip. Before your float, study maps of the area and learn the terrain. Know the access points as some are NOT visible from the river. In case of log jams, portage will be necessary.

General Information


Tyger River Access Points:

Cedar Bluff Bridge on Highway 49: From Union, take State Highway 49 west to the Cedar Bluff Bridge, about eight miles. This access point is on private property.

Minnow Bridge: From Whitmire, take State Highway 176 north toward Union for about three miles. Turn left onto Highway 18 and travel 9 miles to Forest Service Road 323. Turn right, and take the road to the end. You will have to walk 50 feet to the river.

Rose Hill Boat Ramp: From Union, take State Road 16 southwest to the Tyger River. Cross over the river and turn right to easy access, geiweb and gravel boat ramp.

Beatty’s Bridge Boat Ramp: From Union, take Highway 176 south to the Tyger River. Boat ramp is on the right before you cross the river. Easy access concrete ramp.

General Notes:

Contact Enoree District Office at 803-276-4810 for exact season dates. Group camping is available upon request at other times of year.

Water Level Website: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis Click on Real Time Data Site names and numbers to query -Tyger River near Delta, SC #02160105 -Enoree River at Whitmire, SC #02160700 -Broad River near Carlise, SC #02156500


River and Stream Fishing

Boating - Motorized

Boating - Non-Motorized

Travel Time: Expect to go about two to three miles per hour. Time needed to complete a trip depends on water depth, how fast you paddle, how often you stop, and if logs must be portaged.
Type of Craft Canoes and flat bottom boats
Size Restrictions Less than 14 feet

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
24 miles