The beautiful Lynches River in the Pee Dee region is the home of RiverRats Kayak and Canoe Rental and a seasonal kid’s camps. It offers a variety of paddle trips: 5 mile (2.5 hour), 10 mile (5 hour) and a four-hour Revolutionary War Trail (Odell Venters Landing to Persimmon’s Bluff), along with a 2-hour moonlight excursion. Trips run daily from spring to fall and operate Thursday to Sunday from fall to spring; other days by appointment.
The operation is situated about half way between Lee State Park and the Big Pee Dee River. Rentals include kayak or canoe, paddles, life jackets and shuttle service upriver to the put in. Then float down the winding river back to RiverRats’ home base. During the float, paddlers can see farms and rural landscape, swamp forest with bald cypress – which contribute to the water’s color, upland pine trees and a variety of wildlife.
In 1994, the upper portion of the Lynches River was designated a South Carolina Scenic River. It was joined by the river’s lower section in 2008 making it the longest scenic river in the state at approximately 102 miles.
The 140-mile long river played a pivotal role in the American Revolutionary War earning Brigadier General Francis “Swampfox” Marion his nickname. Camping is now available in the Friends of Revolutionary Rivers (FORevR) platform campsite along the banks of the river at RiverRats.