The Saluda River, pictured above, begins roughly 10 miles northwest of Greenville, fl owing down between Greenville and Pickens counties. In 1905, the river was dammed to create the Saluda Lake, which sits just twenty minutes west of downtown. The reservoir boasts a surface area of more than 300 acres and an average depth of about 20 feet and was created to generate hydroelectric power. Today, the Saluda Lake supplies fresh drinking water to Pickens County. The Saluda Outdoor Center, housed in the former Saluda River Yacht Club, offers tubing, paddle boarding, glamping, and cold brews via the forthcoming 13 Stripes River Lodge.
Photograph provided by the Greenville Historical Society.