Congaree National Park Firefly Viewing Lottery
Have you ever wanted to take a canoe trip on Cedar Creek with a park ranger? The park offers a limited number of free guided canoe tours each year allowing visitors to experience the Congaree Wilderness in a unique way. While on the creek, rangers will talk about the natural and cultural history of the last remaining old-growth buttomland forest in the United States. Visitors will see large bald cypress, loblolly pine and a variety of wildlife while on the tour. Would you like to join us?
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Need to Know
- Each tour is limited to 18 people per tour.
- Children must be ages 6 and up, and must be accompanied by an adult. (18 years or older.)
- All participants must be able to swim without the aid of a flotation device.
- All canoe equipment (paddles, life vests, canoes) are provided by the park.
- Tour participants should wear weather appropriate clothing, shoes that strap to the feet and can get wet (no flip-flops, sandals or Crocs), insect repellent, sunscreen and water.
- Snacks are optional.
- Park staff have the right to cancel tours for inclement weather and unsafe water conditions.
- The program will get on the water promptly at 9:30 a.m. after a safety orientation. Any arrivals after 9:30 will not be permitted to get on the water.
- For this tour, at least one person per canoe must have kayak or canoe experience. For each two reservations made, one person must have experience. For those groups with no paddling experience, please check the Introduction to Cedar Creek tour on the tour list page.
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