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Kayak through a maze of the largest concentration of Rocky Shoals Spider Lilies in the world right here on the Catawba River in South Carolina. No experience needed. Blooming only happens once a year from May to June! LIMITED AVAILABILITY, TRIPS SELL OUT IN ADVANCE!!! Advanced booking is highly recommended!!!!

This large plant has adapted to live in a very harsh environment and puts on one of the greatest natural “shows” on the east coast. During their peak bloom from about mid-May to mid-June, these plants cover the river in a blanket of white. You get the opportunity to join our river guides and paddle through a river covered in beautiful flowers as far as the eye can see! Landsford Canal State Park is also home to a variety of wildlife with trips getting to see eagles, osprey, turtles, red winged black birds and even a deer or two swimming from the island to the woods in front of kayakers as they pass through.

- The cost of your trip includes guides, all gear (boat, paddle, PFD), shuttle, boat drop/pickup and cold beverage after trips. After boating you can enjoy a short hike through the Canal trail to take in a ton of pre-railroad history, nature and even a chance to see the nesting eagles. This trail takes you back to the parking lot via a 1.2 mile flat trail. Those who do not wish to walk can request a shuttle ride back to the parking lot.

When and where: Landsford Canal State Park in SC on weekends from May 16th to June 14th (Trips start to sell out in February) 

Cost:  $58 to add a child under 70 lbs is $48

Children (age 5 and up) welcome. Anyone under 70 pounds must be in boat with parent/guardian. Youths 71-100 pounds must book a youth kayak but parents must be confident in the ability of the child to paddle the duration of the trip. If you are unsure please add the child to your boat at booking. Note weight in boats for this trip must remain below 275 lbs because the lilies grow on shoals (shallow areas). 

*NEW FOR 2020!!!!!! Spider Lily Plant and Critter Walk-a-bout.

After your paddle join our plant hike guides on the historic canal system trail for a unique experience to identify plants and perhaps even some critters! Trip is optional: $15 per person with lily paddle purchase (a discounted rate for folks who book this paddle trip). Children under 8 are free for the hike portion!!!! See more info on our plant hikes here, this trip option is hike 1 details can be seen here https://www.thriftyadventuresnc.com/classes-and-trips/wild-edible-plant-hikes

Message or call us for private group options. Available for a minimum group size of 12.

For park info check out http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/landsfordcanal/landsfordcanal-unique.aspx

Guides appreciate tips.

IMPORTANT NOTE: THERE IS A $5 PER PERSON CASH PARK FEE AT THE GATE. MAKE SURE TO BRING $5 CASH!

IMPORTANT PLEASE READ:

Due to the nature of this trip we highly encourage getting trip insurance or being 100% confident in your ability to re-book. The lilies have a 1 month blooming period. The river is also dam controlled and while Duke Power guarantees recreational flow for the lilies on weekends; they cannot control flooding events. If we cancel due to weather/flooding you will be able to re-book your trip ONCE free of charge. Cancelled trips must be re-booked within the same calendar year of your booking and can be moved to any of our 21 trip options. For more information on this please visit our FAQ page.

FAQ for the Lily Paddle Trips:

Why can’t we offer this during the week?
Trips run on weekends only because Duke Power guarantees recreational flow releases on Saturday and Sunday. What this means is that water levels during the week are most likely to shallow for paddling while on weekends Duke supports recreation by supplying water.

How fit do I need to be for this trip?
The paddle has no true rapids but guests must be confident in their ability to paddle for at least two hours (we do take several breaks). The lilies grow on shoals, shallow rocky areas. What this means is that guests should be confident in their ability to navigate their boats around some exposed rock. The put-in for the boats is very easy the take out includes getting out via a small bank. Our guides are there to help you of course.



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