Paddle Craft

Paddle Craft are allowed to enter the LRR Excursion as well as the LRR Challenge.

A watercraft is considered a paddle craft if its sole means of propulsion is human powered. This includes peddle drive systems, paddles or other means relying on energy supplied by movement of the human body. Examples include canoes, kayaks, SUPs and pedal drive boats.

Attempting the LRR Excursion or LRR Challenge in a paddle craft is a serious undertaking.  Participants must be prepared to travel adequate daily distances to complete the event. Weather and water conditions may have a significant impact on ability to travel distance. 

To mitigate risks we require that you research the route and identify potential hazards before attempting the LRR Challenge or LRR Excursion. Planning, preparation, exercising good judgment and caution are necessary. 

It is important that your watercraft is in seaworthy condition and that you have all of the required safety equipment. Along the route you will travel through a remote wilderness where cell coverage is questionable and supplies are not available. You and your watercraft must be self-sufficient between points where obtaining supplies is possible. All watercraft must have a secondary propulsion method. An example of a secondary propulsion method for paddle craft is a spare paddle.

All paddle craft must have navigation lights that meet Coast Guard and SCDNR requirements for nighttime use.

Every watercraft considered a paddle craft must be capable of a self-rescue in open water and have the ability to float in the event of capsize.

Lowcountry River Rats is not in the position to provide rescue or retrieval service. In the event you and your watercraft must be retrieved, you may have to make arrangements with a personal contact on shore to help you.