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  • Students participating in a white water rafting trip.


You can’t be unhappy in the middle of a big, beautiful river.” – Jim Harrison 

Fall 2021 Water Trip Schedule

Feel free to also explore our Land and Rock trips.

Price: $20

Registration Deadline: 8/18/2021 at 12:00 p..m ET

Use Garnet Gate to sign up for a kayak or stand up paddleboard.

Start off the semester with a self-guided adventure at Lake Murray. We’ll be on site with our rental fleet of kayaks and SUPs. Each rental includes a paddle and pfd. Let our staff answer questions, help you launch, and take the gear when you’re finished. We launch out of SCE&G Boat Ramp #4. Transportation is NOT provided.

Questions? Email 

Price: $25

Registration Deadline: 8/18/2021 at 12:00 p..m ET

Sign up using Garnet Gate

This trip is ideal for those looking to find the wilderness feeling without traveling. Come practice your SUP skills on moving water as we navigate the Congaree river through Columbia and just south of downtown. We explore the river on SUPs, swim, and find little pools along the way to hang out and snack in.

This is an appropriate trip for beginners. Those with intermediate skills can also practice eddy turns, ferrying, and other river maneuvers while paddling down river. Transportation, instruction and all rentals are included in the cost.

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Price: $30

Registration Deadline: 9/8/2021 at 12:00 p..m ET

Sign up using Garnet Gate

Join us in exploring the waterways around Charleston. We’ll provide transportation, basic instruction, equipment, and ORec Staff to help you focus on enjoying your time in and around the water. Grab a friend or two and make sure to sign up early!

Questions? Email 


Price: $100

Registration Deadline: 9/15/2021 at 12:00 p..m ET

Sign up using Garnet Gate

This is your chance for a mountain lake getaway. Lake Keowee is just a few minutes away from Lake Jocassee and is where we will paddle and camp during this fun and relaxing weekend. We will bring various watercraft to enjoy and will provide meals, transportation, camping gear, and on water instruction/guiding during day trips.

We’ll depart Saturday morning and return Sunday evening. Grab some friends and come enjoy some fresh mountain air and water.

Questions? Email

Price: $25

Registration Deadline: 9/30/2021 at 12:00 p..m ET

Sign up using Garnet Gate

Build up your confidence if navigating our local rivers! We’ll put in on the Saluda river near the zoo and work our way down practicing river running technique like reading water, eddy turns, and ferrying all while enjoying the wildlife, splashes and sunshine.

These skills will help you “unlock” the river and add your paddling enjoyment in the future. Grab a friend or two and join this October. We provide transportation, gear, and instruction by ORec staff.

Questions? Email 

How to sign up for a trip

  1. Sign in to Garnet Gate using your UofSC login information.
  2. Go to the Campus Recreation page and select your trip.
  3. RSVP for your selected trip.
  4. Follow the link on the RSVP to pay.

What You Need to Know

  • Trips are open to all UofSC students, faculty and staff.
  • All trips will only require beginner skill levels, unless otherwise noted.
  • Basic health history form will be required for trip participants.
  • No-show participants will not be eligible for a refund.


You must cancel at least 7 days prior to the trip to get a refund. After that, no refunds will be given.

We will give you a full refund if the trip is canceled due to low registration, weather or other extenuating circumstances. No-show participants will not be eligible for a refund.

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