South Carolina Paddlesports Industry Association
The following non-profit groups support the paddlesports industry or offer trips to help support their causes!
Check them out and see how you can help
American Rivers is the leading organization working to protect and restore the nation’s rivers and streams. Rivers connect us to each other, nature, and future generations. Since 1973, American Rivers has fought to preserve these connections, helping protect and restore more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and the annual release of the America’s Most Endangered Rivers report.
The Berkeley County Blueways paddling trail system identifies over 175 miles of total water course from 23 trails and is a result of the vision and efforts of many individuals and organizations working in partnership. It is the desire of this partnership that the Berkeley County Blueways should be viewed as an open invitation for paddlers to experience and enjoy the beautiful lakes, rivers, streams, forests and wildlife we have to offer.
SC Audubon's Beidler Forest
Located in the heart of the South Carolina low-country between Columbia and Charleston, Four Holes Swamp is a 45,000-acre matrix of black water sloughs and lakes, shallow bottomland hardwoods, and deep Bald cypress and Tupelo Gum flats. Four Holes Swamp is a major tributary of the Edisto River. Over 15,000 of those acres are owned by the National Audubon Society and make up what is known as the Francis Beidler Forest.
Friends of the Edisto
Friends of the Edisto, Inc. FRED, a non-profit organization, was established in 1998 to facilitate conservation of natural resources and to encourage and support sustainable economic development within the Edisto River Basin in South Carolina. The Edisto River Basin contains the longest free-flowing blackwater river in America, and encompasses twelve counties, including much of the midlands and low country areas of South Carolina.
Old Santee Canal Park
Old Santee Canal Park commemorates South Carolina's beautiful natural resources and emphasizes the tremendous historical significance of the Santee Canal. Less than 30 minutes away from downtown Charleston in historic Berkeley County, Old Santee Canal Park offers its visitors a glimpse at the events that shaped our lives and our communities as we know them today.
Palmetto Conservation Foundation
Whether it's building the Palmetto Trail, preserving an American Revolutionary War Battlefield, or publishing a new book, the PCF taking up the cause. Founded in 1989, PCF is a statewide, non-profit organization which assists South Carolina's communities to grow and prosper while maintaining local character and quality of life. This involves protecting natural areas through land trust assistance or local government programs, developing greenways and the Palmetto Trail.
Department of Natural Resources Scenic Rivers Program
The goal of the Scenic Rivers program is the conservation of SC's river heritage through the proper management of the natural and cultural character of the state's river corridors. As is stated in the South Carolina Scenic Rivers Act of 1989, this program has the purpose of protecting "unique or outstanding scenic, recreational, geologic, botanical, fish, wildlife, historic or cultural values" of selected rivers or river segments in the state.
South Carolina Nature Based Tourism Association
The SCNBTA brings together local nature-based tourism business owners with resource managers and community leaders. In addition, the association provides continuing professional education and encourages the exchange of information among its members, particularly as it relates to the conservation of natural and cultural resources for long-term economic benefit.
Southeast Coast Saltwater Paddling Trail
The South Carolina section of the Southeast Coast Saltwater Paddling Trail extends 295 miles from the Savannah River at the Georgia border through the Carolina Sea Islands, past the port of Charleston, along the Grand Strand, and ends at Little River on the North Carolina border.
Edisto River Canoe and Kayak Trail Commission
The Edisto River Basin is the world's longest free-flowing "blackwater" stream which encompasses twelve counties, including much of the midlands and Lowcountry areas of South Carolina. The Edisto River Canoe and Kayak Trail Commission offers guided river trips throughout the year. To find out about our scheduled trips, visit our web site's Events page.
Founded in 1880, The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling; stewardship support to help protect paddling environments; and sanctioning of programs and events to promote paddlesport competition, exploration and recreation.
Founded in 2008 and incorporated in 2009, we are a Charleston, South Carolina based organization whose mission is to protect, promote, and restore the quality of Charleston’s waterways while creating a more engaged public through education, outreach, and celebration of our collective right to clean water.
Our mission: to protect, preserve, monitor and revitalize the health of the lands and waters of the greater Winyah Bay watershed.