Enoree River - Enoree Ranger District
The "River of Muscadines," as the Enoree is sometimes called, ranges from two to six feet deep and 40 to 70 feet wide. Steep hardwood bluffs, flood plain forest and small, marshy areas border the river. Floaters will see both forests and agricultural environments. Much of the land along the banks is privately owned.
No whitewater exists from State Road 98 south, but fast-moving flatwater makes for an exciting trip. Fishing opportunities exist for catfish, bream, and redeye bass. The best seasons for paddling the Enoree are late spring, summer, and fall. Primitive camping is allowed on National Forest land along the river by permit only. Group camping facilities are available upon request.
From Jones Bridge, expect to go about two to three miles per hour. The time needed to complete a trip depends on water depth, how fast you paddle, how often you stop, and whether logs must be portaged.
Floaters should use flat-bottomed boats less than 14 feet long, or canoes. Rangers warn that the river water is not safe to drink. Also, watch for seasonal flooding and fallen trees. Check local weather forecast prior to 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.
Access: Jones Bridge on State Secondary Road 98. This is the National Forest's western boundary. The first easily recognizable take-out is 15 miles downstream at the U.S. Hwy. 176 bridge, just north of Whitmire. It is a 10-mile float from the U.S. Highway 176 bridge to the next access point at Brazzleman's Bridge on State Secondary Road 81. This is a steep portage, but can easily be recognized as a take-out.
Other put-in points are Forest Service Road 336A, Forest Service Road 339 boat ramp, Forest Service Road 390A, Brazzleman's Bridge boat ramp on State Secondary Road 81, Keitt's Bridge on State Secondary Road 45. After the Enoree River empties into the Broad River, about 4 miles south is Strothers State Boat Ramp.
Difficulty level: Moderate. Novice paddler or better.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication