basserdrew wrote:This is what the DNR will give you on the Broad. It is a great tool for access. Hope this helps.
The following is a list of access points along the Broad River from North Carolina to Parr Shoals Reservoir, SC. Although there are several access areas suitable for launching a boat, most of the river is very shallow and difficult to navigate. If you and your partner can't carry the boat, it's too big for this river. Down-river floats from one access point to another are the best way to utilize the river. At most water levels you will need to walk your boat through many of the shoals and riffles that occur along the river. Be aware that the access areas given here are notorious for vandalism. Directions will refer to the South Carolina Atlas and Gazetteer (SCA&G).
1. Access above Gaston Shoals Reservoir (SCA&G, pg20,C1). From I-85 (exit #96) head north on SC 18 to S-11-71 (Concord Church Road). Turn left on Concord Church Road to Estelle Road. Turn right and go to crossroad. Cross intersection, Estelle road becomes Sarratt Road. Take Sarratt road to Holems road to Big Bay Access Area.
Its just Concord Road if you are looking at the actually sign.
2. Access directly below Gaston shoals Dam (SCA&G, pg20,C1). Follow directions above, after crossroads take first right onto Spillway Road (dirt road). Follow Road down to Fishing trail.
Currently closed for construction per Duke Power the land owners.
3. Access below Gaston Shoals Dam, Bowens River Canoe Access (SCA&G, pg20,C1). From I-85 (exit 96) head north on highway 18. After crossing Broad River take first left onto S-11-98 (Dravo Road?). Cross Bowens Creek, access on left.
Watch out for drunken redneck on the weekends. yes its Dravo Rd.
4. Access downstream (approximately 3 miles) from Gaston Shoals Hydro(SCA&G, pg20,D1). From I-85 head south on SC 329, cross US 29, go approximately 0.5 miles to Ford Road. Turn left onto Ford Road, pass softball fields, go left through access gate, follow road to access area.
Again watch out for drunken rednecks on the weekends. Its a great place to fish but during the warmer months people can get out of hand.
5. Access above Lockhart Power company at Cherokee Falls (SCA&G, pg20,D1). From I-85 (exit 96)take SC 329 south. Turn Left onto US 29 (Toward Blacksburg). After crossing the Broad River travel approximately 1.5 miles. Turn Right on S-11-30 travel 1.7 miles name changes to Cherokee Road. Follow Cherokee Road for approximately 1 mile; access is on right just before powerhouse.
Its Cherokee Falls Rd. as you get closer to Cherokee Falls the road has several sharp curves, the ramp is a dirt ramp and can be hard to use.
6. 99-islands Reservoir (Pick Hill Access) (SCA&G, pg20,E2). From I-85 (exit 96) take SC 329 south. Turn Left onto US 29 (Toward Blacksburg). After crossing the Broad River travel approximately 3.4 miles into Blacksburg. Turn Right onto Charleston Street (SSR S-11-43), which becomes Ninety-Nine Islands Road. From Blacksburg, travel approximately 7 miles. Pick Hill Boat access is on the right.
Really not a good place for smallmouth unless you go all the way up to the rocks just below Cherokee Falls. Its not an easy task, trust me.
7. 99-islands access below the dam (SCA&G, pg20,E2). Follow directions to 99-islands Reservoir (Pick Hill Access). Continue to follow Ninety-Nine Islands Road 0.5 miles past Pick Hill access, road ends at boat ramp.
Strong current so becareful.
8. Neal Shoals Reservoir, Sumter National Forrest Woods Ferry Recreation Area (SCA&G, pg26,C2). From the town of Lockhart follow SC 49 west (toward Union) for approximately 1.8 miles to SSR S-44-86 (River Road). Turn left and follow River Road for approximately 5.4 miles to SSR S-44-389 (Boat Landing Road). Turn left and follow Boat Landing Road to Boat Ramp.
9. Below Neal Shoals Dam (SCA&G, pg26,C3). From the town of Lockhart travel east on SC 9 to SSR S-12-49. Turn Right onto SSR S-12- 49. Follow SSR S-12-49 for approximately 6 miles to Park Road, turn right onto Park Road. Follow Park Road for 1.3 miles to Neal Shoals Road/Vinson Road. Turn Left and follow Neal Shoals Road for 0.6 miles to Vinson Road. Bear Right onto Vinson Road. Follow Vinson Road to turn-around. At back of the turn-around, there is a unimproved road that takes you down to the base of Neal Shoals Dam.
10. Sandy River Boat Access(SCA&G, pg26,E3). From Carlisle travel East on SC 72/121/215. Cross Broad River and go 0.6 miles to Store Road, on right. Follow Store Road for 1.2 miles to Boat Ramp Road. Turn Right onto Boat Ramp Road and follow to ramp.
11. Below Sandy River (SCA&G, pg26,E3) . From Carlisle travel East on SC 72/121/215. Cross Broad River and go 1.2 miles, then bear right on SC 215. Follow SC 215 2.9 miles to SSR S-20-99 on right. Turn right onto SSR 99 travel 0.5 miles turn right on to SSR 99. Travel 0.9 miles to Federal Road, turn right onto Federal Road. Follow Federal road 2.35 miles. On right find 4wd road (unnamed) and follow to river.
12. Broad River Waterfowl Management Area(SCA&G, pg26,H3). From I-26 (exit 74) take SC 34 east. After crossing the Broad River, look for Strother Road on right (approx. 0.1 miles). Turn onto Strother Road. Take first Right off Strother Road, cross train tracks and follow road to boat ramp.
Utility of Access area's
1. A concrete boat ramp that gives access to Gaston Shoals Reservoir.
2. Provides access to the tailwater below Gaston Shoals Dam, suitable for wade-fishing. A canoe or small boat could be launched here.
3. Provides access to the river below Gaston Shoals Dam a canoe or small boat may be launched.
4. Provides access to the river below Gaston Shoals Dam a canoe or small boat may be launched.
5. Provides access to the river above Cherokee Falls Dam. A boat could be launched from trailer here using 4WD.
6. A concrete boat ramp provides access to 99-island Reservoir.
7. A concrete boat ramp provides access to the river below 99-islands dam. However the river is very shallow which makes navigation difficult.
8. A concrete boat ramp that provides access to Neal Shoals Reservoir.
9. Provides access to the River below Neal Shoals Reservoir. A boat could be launched from a trailer here using 4WD.
10. A concrete boat ramp provides access to the River. However the river is very shallow which makes navigation difficult.
11. Provides access to the River below the Sandy River access. A boat could be launched from a trailer here using 4WD.
12. Provides access to the River above Parr Shoals Reservoir. A boat could be launched from a trailer here using 4WD.
Bowens River Access (area 3) to access area 4. This 4.5 mile float is suitable for a canoe or a small aluminum boat. There are many shoals that will need to be negotiated.
Below Neal Shoals Dam (area 9) to Sandy River (area 10). This 7.3 mile float is suitable for a canoe or a small aluminum boat. There are many shoals that will need to be negotiated.
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