More and more people are looking to recreate in the Reedy River. The good news is that recreation in the Reedy River is only a problem 24-48 hours after a rain event. A good rule of thumb - if the river is brown with sediment, keep out! If it is running clear, you're good to get wet.

The Good News

Lake Conestee Nature Park currently offers approximately six miles of natural surface trails, six miles of paved trails and approximately 4,000 linear feet of boardwalks and bog-walks with learning loops teaching about wildlife and wetlands.

The Reedy is deemed safe for fishing, except in the Lake Conestee Nature Area.

E. coli levels in the Reedy tend to be above acceptable levels only after a rain event. Most of the time, the Reedy is safe for wading and boating.

Upstate Forever recently published a Blueways map with boat inputs along the Reedy.

Park space is increasing in the Reedy watershed. Recent additions include Unity Park and the Swamp Rabbit Trail.

The Bad News

You still can't swim, fish or boat in Lake Conestee and will not be able to in the future. LCNP is deemed a Brownfield Site.


E. coli levels rise and make the river unsafe for swimming immediately after a rain. E. coli is discharged to the river from sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs), malfunctioning septic tanks, urban runoff, and overland flow.

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