Save Our Saluda Mission

Save Our Saluda works to protect and restore water resources in the Upper Saluda Watershed through environmental awareness and citizen action. We strive to educate ourselves and the public about our watershed and river issues. We monitor and identify threats facing the river and its tributaries and seek effective solutions. We advocate for clean and sustainable river flows, riparian protection, and public access to our waters.

For more information or to volunteer, please CONTACT US. 

We depend on donations, memberships, and grants to help further our mission. Please click on the buttons below to support efforts to Save Our Saluda!

News and Events

March 22, 2017 11:32am


March 22, 2017 11:31am

Happy World Water Day!


March 17, 2017 7:58am

Listen to Brad Wyche talk about the Conservation Bank and its value to our state. These funds have been used to protect lands in the South, Middle, and North Saluda watersheds. Please e-mail or call your legislator to express your support for this important conservation program. Click here to take action now!


March 15, 2017 9:34am


March 14, 2017 3:03pm

Please see the previous post and click here to contact your's easy and only takes a few minutes! Tell them you support continued funding for the Conservation Bank.


March 14, 2017 2:54pm

Please watch and contact your legislators. Funding for the Conservation Bank is in jeopardy! The Conservation Bank has made it possible to protect the watershed and headwaters of the South Saluda River, including the Old Camp Spearhead site, lands along Highway 11, and beautiful mountain properties adjoining the Ashmore Heritage Trust Preserve – which are open for public use and trout fishing. The Bank has provided funding for protecting one of the gems of the Middle Saluda watershed, Green Mountain, one of the most botanically rich sites in the area. The Bank helped fund protection of agricultural lands in the watershed of the North Saluda, which preserves the access to the Swamp Rabbit Trail into Marietta and also will help protect the waters of the North Saluda. The Bank is helping to protect forested mountain lands that include the headwaters of the Oolenoy River in Pickens County.


March 9, 2017 9:48pm

Click and learn about source water protection!


March 7, 2017 8:37am

Save Our Saluda is working to address agricultural runoff in our watershed. Stay tuned for details!


March 6, 2017 8:30pm


March 6, 2017 3:05pm

The EPA matters.


March 6, 2017 2:54pm


March 4, 2017 1:09pm

Exotic invasive species often spread via our streams and rivers. Learn which ones are common in our watershed in the link below.


March 2, 2017 9:16am

SOS will be there with live demonstrations of watershed runoff and aquatic macroinvertebrates...come find us!


March 2, 2017 7:33am


February 28, 2017 4:31pm


February 28, 2017 9:10am

If you care about native landscapes, please don't buy these plants!


February 27, 2017 9:07am


February 25, 2017 2:15pm


February 25, 2017 12:09pm

Greenville County has a new Litter Prevention Program. You can now report litter problem areas more easily. There's also a new Adopt a Spot program, in addition to Adopt a Road. Please consider adopting a road or spot in your area. We need more hands on deck to address this growing problem. Less trash on our roads and bridges means less trash in our rivers!


February 25, 2017 11:38am


February 24, 2017 12:42pm


February 22, 2017 8:09am

The Lee Steam Plant on the Saluda River near Williamston was retired in 2014 and is being replaced by a natural gas plant.


February 21, 2017 8:57pm


February 21, 2017 1:54pm

Please see this important action alert to save the automatic stay which is currently in place and working to protect our state's natural resources from harmful development practices.


February 19, 2017 11:08am




Alerts and Concerns

SOS works to identify threats to the river through monitoring and awareness. If you suspect a problem, please report it. If you have questions or need assistance, contact us at


Report a Problem


About Our Watershed

The Saluda River originates from its headwaters in the South Saluda near Table Rock, the Middle Saluda near Caesar’s Head and Jones Gap, and the North Saluda above Poinsett Reservoir. The three branches join above Saluda Lake and flow downstream to Lake Greenwood.


Learn More


Interactive Watershed Map

The Saluda River Watershed Map is an interactive tool for exploring the watershed and river system that allows you to “see” the watershed through digital navigation and activation of various data/information layers.
Click here for instructions and a tutorial video


View Map



What is a Watershed?

A shed that holds water? Nope. Everyone in the world lives in a watershed. Watch this short video to learn what a watershed really is.



Information & Resources

Find links to water resources information, educational materials, and other watershed management organizations.




Fishing & Swimming

The Saluda River and its tributaries offer a range of opportunities for fishing and swimming, with easy, well defined access. Home to one third of all freshwater fish species found in South Carolina, the Saluda also serves as an outdoor classroom, providing unique hands-on ecology lessons for young and old alike.




From Class 1 casual flat water paddling to Class 4 advanced whitewater, the waters of the Saluda are accessible for kayaking, canoeing, and stand-up paddle boarding. SOS volunteers help maintain river access areas so everyone can experience the true beauty of the Saluda River firsthand.



Places of Interest

With so many well managed trails from Caesar's Head to Jones Gap, the Saluda Watershed is a destination for outstanding hiking and sight-seeing. From a casual stroll in the woods to the rigorous multi-day backpacking adventure, there is something for everyone. Come discover the special places in Saluda River Watershed.