Posting DateApr 21, 2019

2019 Shoal Lily Float

Shoal Lily Float  and Wildflower Walk on May 18, 2019


Join us on a float to catch the rare shoals spider-lily in bloom along the lower section of the Broad River at Clarks Hill Lake. Pre-registration is required.


Meet at the Broad River Campground at 9:30am May 18


Nine Mile Float Trip:

The Broad River Watershed Association will host a river float on Saturday, May 18, to view the rare shoal lily along the lower section of the Broad River at Anthony Shoals. We will meet at the Army Corps of Engineers Broad River Campground on Highway 79 at 9:30 am and will float from Highway 17 to Highway 79 in Elbert, Wilkes, and Lincoln counties. The rare Spider Shoal Lily (Hymenocallis coronaria) should be in full bloom at this time and putting on an amazing show at Anthony Shoals.

There are portions of this float that can be difficult. For safety reasons, only experienced paddlers will be allowed to participate in the float. The float distance is a little over 9 miles and takes approximately 6 hours to paddle. During the float, we will also do a River Cleanup as part of the National River Cleanup Week.

Bring your own canoe/kayak or contact Michael Moody at the Broad River Outpost (BRO) at 706-795-3242, to arrange for a canoe or kayak to be brought to the float. This year's spring float is a fundraiser with a $25 donation per person for participants, plus any cost of canoe/kayak rental. To sign up, email with your name, contact information, the number of people in your party, and whether you will bring your own boat or rent one from BRO. Go to to donate via PayPal (Click the orange 'Donate' button at the top right of the page and include 'Shoal Lily Float' in the notes when you make your payment), or bring a check, cash or credit card the day of the float.

Guided Hike to the Shoals:
For those who want to see the shoal lilies but don’t want to paddle, we are planning two drives to a site close to the shoals (trips at 9:30 am and 1:00 pm). An approximately 1/4 mile easy walking trail gets you to a site along the river where the lilies are 20 feet from the bank. In low water years, you can wade out to see them. The north facing slope along this side of the river also has a number of interesting plants and lichen covered boulders that we can examine.

Parking and river access on this side of the river limits us to 8 participants for each trip. We will carpool from the Corps of Engineers campground. Registration is required. This trip is weather dependent as heavy rain during the week beforehand can make the access road impassable. Please email to sign up.

PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Please RSVP for the walk or float by May 10. Please send your information to