2020 Pee Dee Shad Roe-deo

2020 Pee Dee Shad Roe-deo

Unfortunately, the 2020 Shad Roe-Deo has been cancelled. The 2021 event will be held on March 27th, again at Ark Lodge.


Mark your calendar! We’ll be holding the Second Annual Pee Dee Shad Roe-deo presented by Pee Dee Tourism Commission on Saturday, March 28, 2020. The event is held with the assistance of Pee Dee Land Trust.

We’ll be gathering at Ark Lodge on the banks of the Little Pee Dee near Johnsonville, adjacent to the Woodbury Tract Wildlife Management Area. Kayaks and gear will be available from 1-5pm, and the shad dinner will be served 3-5pm.

Our guest speaker this year will be Captain Vincent Russo from Savannah, who is an expert in fishing and deboning shad.

On the menu this year: planked shad cooked by a wood fire, shad roe wrapped in bacon over hominy, shad salad, Southern-style cole slaw, hush puppies, and Mary Washington cake, among other delectables. And yes, we’ll be bringing the Fish House Punch!

The inaugural event in 2019 featured shad planked around an open fire, poached shad, and roe with scrambled hen eggs. Fish House Punch, a favorite of our Founding Fathers, was a real hit. Desserts included George Washington’s favorite currant bread, following a recipe passed down by Mary Washington.

Dr. David Shields from USC, a food historian, spoke about the crucial role shad played in colonial times. Traditional methods of wood carving, blacksmithing, and weaving were demonstrated. A select silent auction included pottery created by Sasha Federer, night sky photography by Christopher Neal, and handcrafted items.

The proceeds from the Pee Dee Shad Roe-deo are used to build platform campsites along the SC Revolutionary Rivers Trail on Lynches Scenic River.

Tickets are $75 per person ($20 for youth) and include a commemorative stainless tumbler and a fishing hook bracelet. All proceeds benefit Friends of the Revolutionary Rivers to build platform campsites along the SC Revolutionary Rivers National Recreation Trail. To purchase tickets or for more information, please call 843-664-0330.

Our Mission

The group’s mission is to protect and promote through active conservation, education and responsible use, the natural, historic, and recreational resources of the SC Revolutionary Rivers National Recreation Trail located within the Pee Dee region of South Carolina.

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Revolutionary Rivers

Revolutionary Rivers

Listen closely. The waters of the Pee Dee & Lynches Rivers whisper stories of swampy
secrets, colonial rice fields and routes to freedom. Retracing the past from historic trade
routes to the island hideout of the Revolutionary War’s Swamp Fox, your outdoor
adventure becomes a history lesson you will never find in a book.
Don’t just read history… paddle history.

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