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!



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


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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.


image Photo Courtesy of Michael Sheehan

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.


image Photo Courtesy of Michael Sheehan

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.