Just 35 minutes to an hour from Charleston you can explore cool and shaded blackwater swamps, rivers and historic rice plantations. Journey through a flooded forest in a protected wilderness area in the National Forest and see 1,000 year old cypress trees or see a 300 year old church overlooking thousands of acres of rice fields where eagles nest, full of wetland wildflowers. Wildlife can include the elusive alligator, turtles, wetland wading birds, woodpeckers and sometimes river otters!
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Just 3 minutes to 35 minutes surrounding Charleston, the saltwater tours include a variety of habitats that include shallow bays with historic harbor views, sandy beaches with barrier islands, or saltwater marsh creeks. Paddle to 4,000 year old Indian ruins in the National Forest and journey back in time! Wildlife includes dolphins and nesting colonies of thousands of Eastern Shorebirds. Manatees and Sea Turtles are seasonal and are seen about 10-20% of the time during summer months. Our Shem Creek & Crab Bank Island Tour has the most wildlife and chance for seeing dolphin, but you’re welcome to also explore the waters surrounding the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge just up the coast.
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Kayak and Canoe Rentals
We have Werner Paddles, High End Wilderness Systems Kayaks, Perception Kayaks, Mad River canoes, and Bic Paddleboards! No other outfitter compares! We have over 100 kayaks & canoes and 35 paddleboards to choose from!
We rent sea and recreation kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards.
Rentals are available at Shem Creek 7 days a week! Walk ups are welcome; reservations are recommended.
Rentals for kayaks and canoes are also available at our blackwater locations with a 24 hour advance reservation. See blackwater locations.
More information on overnight rentals and group discounts is available here!