The Duncan Float
This web page covers the following items:
- The floatability index
- The first stage of the Duncan Float
- The second stage of the Duncan Float
- Current status of the Duncan Float
- Tips on wood removal
- How to volunteer
The floatability index:
The floatability index is based on water temperature, water level, water clarity, the obstacles in the main channel and if the venue is open. Due to this being the first year of the Duncan Float the river has not yet had the main channel completely cleared of decades of fallen trees. This means the venue might only be recommended for tubes for the first season depending on how many people volunteer to help clear the main channel. Currently the float is only recommended for tubes.
Current index for tubes —— The Duncan Float venue is currently closed
Current index for kayaks and canoes —— The Duncan Float venue is currently closed
The first stage of the Duncan Float:
The first stage should be achieved sometime next summer. This stage is simply to open the physical Duncan Float venue for adults. We call this the “Adult Duncan Float.” This stage will be to clear the main channel of obstacles so adults can float or kayak down without having to get out of their preferred floatation device. Until the shoreline is cleared of dead branches we don’t recommend young children be taken.
The physical venue is shown in the header image for this web page. It consists of a put-in at the South Spencer Street Bridge, the stretch of the South Tyger River highlighted in yellow and the take-out at the South Danzler Road Bridge. The preliminary sketches for the put-in and take-out areas are shown in the following two drawings.
The physical venue will be controlled the Tyger River Foundation since they own the put-in and take-out. The Tyger River Foundation plans to leave the gates open during the day. People will be able to access the river at their convenience.
The good news for the Town of Duncan is that the Duncan Float should be extremely low cost to the Town. The Tyger River Foundation already has the funding, land acquisition and plans in place to construct the put-ins and take outs. The Tyger River Foundation is definitely a big reason this project is moving forward so quickly. A huge thank you goes out to them.
Others have been involved in this effort. Two that are most noteworthy was a grant to the Tyger River Foundation from the Spartanburg County Council. The other is Duncan’s own Lisa Scott. Lisa generously provided a permanent easement on her property to build the put-in. This project would not have been possible without her generous gift. The general location of the float in the Town of Duncan is shown below.
The put-in and take-out have room for parking and of course provide access to the river. The take-out has a nature walk that should interest children and adults alike. The main task that has to be accomplished to make this an enjoyable float for all is to clear the river of obstacles. If you wish to volunteer your services for this there will be more information near the bottom of the page.
The short video below is proof that a person can indeed float down the South Tyger River.
A much longer video of the same float shown above can be seen by clicking here. The longer video was made to help people get an idea of the number of obstacles that have to be removed. Fortunately to get the Duncan Float both tube and kayak friendly is not near as daunting as one might think from the video. Many obstacles can be navigated around. However the ultimate goal would be to get the physical part of the Duncan Float family friendly. This would require clearing out most every obstacle in the main channel.
The second stage of the Duncan Float:
After the venue is tube and kayak friendly to more adventurous adults the second stage is to continue to clean out the river until it is family friendly. What is meant by family friendly is that there are no obstacles in the river that have to be maneuvered around. At this point the vision is to have the Town of Duncan organize some events including food and fun. The food could be handled at Stoneledge Park which is located on Spencer Street just a short trip from the put-in which is also on Spencer Street. For those not familiar with Stoneledge Park it is physically attached to the Shipwreck Cove Water Park.
It has been proposed that part of the food should be a “Duncan Float.” This would be an ice cream float to go along with the float. There is more on this in the original proposal for the Duncan Float which can be downloaded by clicking here or on the picture of the title page for the original proposal shown below.
Current status of the Duncan Float
The current status of the Duncan Float (12/2018) is that the put-in and the take-outs are almost complete. All that remains are some signs and some minor landscaping. The pictures shown here are of the put-in. It is a bit difficult to see in the pictures so it is suggested to simply drive by to see the progress for yourself.
Progress has already been made on removing wood from the river as well. Several logs have already been removed in the process of getting some experience with removing wood from a river. A few of the landowners along the river have been contacted to get their input on the project. There are currently two along with the Tyger River Foundation that have granted access to use their land to remove wood from the river.
We now have a couple volunteers with experience removing wood from the river. The good news is that anyone that is comfortable with a chainsaw will be comfortable working in the river. The “List of volunteers and tips on wood removal” link below contains a few things we have learned as well as how to contact our current chainsaw volunteers. If you have the muscle (Boy Scout troop, church youth group or other group that would like to participate) these chain saw volunteers love to cut up wood if others are available to haul it out of the river. Cutting is easier than hauling.
Tips on wood removal
Click here for a summary of some of the things we have learned about removing wood from a river. This is meant for those handy with a chainsaw that would like to volunteer.
How to volunteer
If you would like to volunteer to help please call any of the phone numbers listed below. If you can lug wood out of a river, run a chainsaw, measure water temperature, take water level readings or cook the food to feed volunteers your skills can be utilized.