What is the temperature of the Congaree River?
The temperature of the Congaree River varies throughout the year but during the months of May, June, July, August and September when the river will reach its warmest. During these months the water temperature will average 75 degrees depending on that day's water releases from the Dreher Shoals Dam which supports bothLake Murray and the Lower Saluda River. Inflow from the Saluda River can drastically effect river temperatures due to the strong currents and swift rapids, making it difficult to forecast river conditions downstream on the Congaree. Typically a river user takes USGS readings from the Broad (02162035) and Saluda (02169000) gage towers, located north and northwest of Columbia, just before meeting at The Three Rivers confluence. By averaging out the data for both upstream tributaries, a river user will have a much better sense of the temperature in surrounding waterways.