The City of Columbia is celebrating the spring season with free guided tours that include kayaking trips to view the Rocky Shoals Spider Lily and nature walks at Riverfront Park provided by the city’s park rangers. This time of year is filled with many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department is set to host several free events during the season.
On April 17 and 24, join park rangers for the Tuesday evening series, Spring Fever Walks, for a look at the emergent plants and trees along the Broad River and visit the Fish Passage to talk about the annual migration of the American Shad. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the top of the Canal Head gates at the Riverfront Park (north end) on 4122 River Drive.
On Sunday April 15, a guided walk will be provided by park rangers where you will learn about the different bird species that pass through the area. The Spring Birding Walk will be held at 1 p.m. at the top of the Canal Head gates at Riverfront Park (north end) on 4122 River Drive. On this guided walk, you will be able to take a look around and identify the different bird species that pass through the area. Visitors are encouraged to bring binoculars and field guides if available.
Beginning April 22, the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department will partner together with Columbia Water and offer kayak trips each Sunday until May 27. Guests will be able to enjoy a free hourly kayak trip down the Broad River to view the Rocky Shoals Spider Lilies. The kayak trips start at the top of each hour beginning at 1 p.m., with the last trip beginning at 4 p.m. Reservations are required, due to limited seating (13 people max).To reserve a seat, click here.
Guests are to meet at Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel Street and should plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to their reservation to walk to the launch site and complete a waiver. In the event water levels are too high, the kayaking trip will be be substituted with a guided walk.
Guests should not bring any valuables that cannot withstand immersion and should be prepared to get wet. Flip flops are not permitted. Children must be at least six years old and be able to appropriately fit into an approved personal floatation device.
Guests are encouraged to dress comfortably, bring binoculars and field guides as well as any essentials like water, sunscreen, insect repellent and sturdy walking footwear when participating in the ranger-guided programs.
For more information, contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.