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Outdoor Recreation and Sports

The Charleston area is blessed with so many natural endowments; and with 234 days of sunshine a year, you’ll have to take advantage of some of these activities. 

Outdoor Activities:

Beaches: The 91 miles of Charleston coastline offers plenty of public beach front for swimming, surfing, fishing and sunning. The Charleston area public beaches include: 

Isle of Palms http://www.ccprc.com/index.asp?NID=60

Folly Beach www.ccprc.com/index.asp?NID=61

Sullivan’s Island, Edisto Beach, Seabrook and Beachwalker Park on Kiawah Island www.ccprc.com/index.asp?NID=59

Parks: The Charleston area has more than 50 public parks for you to enjoy. From the Francis Marion National Forest that spans 1000s of acres to the Charleston Waterfront Park which offers picnic areas, park benches and spectacular views of the harbor…you have a lot to select from.

Charleston County Park and Recreation Department:
Isle of Palms Recreation Department:
Mt Pleasant Recreation Department:
North Charleston Parks and Recreation:
City of Charleston Recreation Department:
http://www.charlestoncity.info/dept/?nid=22                                                                            Goose Creek Recreation Department:                  http://www.goosecreekrecreation.com/

Fresh-Water Fishing: Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie (man-made lakes spanning 110,000 acres of land in five South Carolina counties) are the home of the Annual Striper Rodeo and the Land Locked Striped Bass. For an updated list of rules and regulations pertaining to fresh-water fishing, please visit: 

Deep-Sea FishingThe world famous blackfish banks off Charleston Harbor are accessible for deep-sea enthusiasts via charter and head boats. The Gulf Stream is approximately 60 miles off the coast.  A popular website concerning Charleston fishing is:  http://www.charlestonfishing.com/

In-Shore Fishing: The backwaters of the lowcountry provide opportunity to catch redfish (red drum), trout, flounder, bluefish, snapper, and bass.
Boating:  Boating is extremely popular here in the Lowcountry. Be sure to check out South Carolina’s Department of Resources website regarding title and registration of your watercraft (www.dnr.sc.gov/boating.html).  Below please find a list of marinas in the Charleston area:
Ashley Marina 
33 Lockwood Drive
Charleston, South Carolina
(843) 722-1996
Bohicket Marina & Yacht Club
1880 Andell Bluff Blvd.
Seabrook Island, South Carolina
(843) 768-1280
Bristol Marina
145 Lockwood Drive
Charleston, South Carolina
(843) 723-6600
Buzzard’s Roost Marina/Stono Marina
2408/2409 Maybank Hwy
Charleston, South Carolina
(843) 559-1526 & (843) 559-2307

Charleston Maritime Center
10 Wharfside Street
Charleston, South Carolina
(843) 853-3625

Charleston Harbor Marina
24 Patriots Point Road
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
(843) 284-7062
Charleston City Marina
17 Lookwood Drive
Charleston, South Carolina
(843) 723-5098
Cooper River Marina
1010 Juneau Street
North Charleston, South Carolina
(843) 554-0790
Daniel Island Marina
669 Marina Drive
Daniel Island, South Carolina
(843) 884-1000
Dolphin Cove Marina
2079 Austin Avenue
Charleston, South Carolina
(843) 744-2562
Duncan’s Boat Harbor
4354 Bridge View Drive
North Chas, South Carolina
(843) 744-2628
Isle of Palms Marina
50 41st Avenue
Isle of Palms, South Carolina
(843) 886-0209
Mariner’s Cay Marina
3-A Mariners Cay Drive,
Folly Beach, South Carolina
(843) 588-2091
Ripley Light Marina Store
56 Ashley Pointe
 Charleston, South Carolina
(843) 766-2100
Shem Creek Marina
526 Mill Street
 Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
(843) 884-3211
Stono Marina
2409 Maybank Hwy
Charleston, South Carolina
(843) 559-2307
Tolers Cove Marina
1610 Ben Sawyer Blvd
 Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
(843) 881-0325
Boat Landings:
Charleston County Parks & Recreation Commission offers 19 public boat landings.
Some of the ramps are more suitable for kayaks and canoes and I have indicated this by placing an asterisk (*) next to the landing.

Directions to the Boat Landings:

BULOW: West Ashley, take US 17 south, turn right on Davison Rd, turn right on Bulow Landing Rd. Bulow Landing is a dirt road and may be impassable at times due to standing water. Water Body: Rantowles Creek   Map No: 8

CHERRY POINT: Wadmalaw Island near Rockville. Take Maybank Hwy; turn left on Cherry Point Rd, which leads to the landing. Water Body: Bohicket Creek   Map No: 7

COUNTY FARM: Take Leeds Ave to Division Rd to Bridgeview Dr (near Duncans Boat Harbor where Mark Clark Expressway crosses Ashley River into North Charleston). Water Body: Ashley River   Map No: 11

DAWHO:  Take Highway 174 to new bridge across Dawho River. Landing is at the foot of the bridge. Water Body: Dawho River  

Map No: 4

FOLLY RIVER: Just over the bridge to Folly Island. Water Body: Folly River   Map No: 15

GADSONVILLE*: Take US 17 North, take a right onto Gadsonville Rd (Awendaw Fire Station is on the left). The landing is at the end of the causeway. No water at low tide. Limited parking. Water Body: Copahee Sound   Map No: 19

LIMEHOUSE: Off Main Rd, just as you enter John’s Island from West Ashley at Limehouse Bridge. Water Body: Stono River Map No:9

MARTINS: Take Parkers Ferry Rd to the right off of US 17 South. Turn left on Martins Landing Rd that leads to the landing. Water Body: Edisto River   Map No: 1

PARADISE*:  Turn left onto Chandler Rd off US 17 North. Boat landing is at the end of the road. Water Body: Upper Wando River 

Map No: 18 

PENNY CREEK*: Take US 17 South, turn left on Parkers Ferry Rd, Highway 38, turn right onto Penny Creek Rd. Landing is at the end of the road. Small Landing. No Parking. Good for Kayaks and Canoes. Water Body: Penny Creek   Map No: 2

PIERPONT*: West Ashley down Highway 61 North, turn right on Parsonage Rd. The landing is at the end of the road. Small landing. Water Body: Church Creek (off the Ashley River)   Map No: 10

RIVER TERRACE/PLYMOUTH LANDING: Enter Wappoo Drive in Riverland Terrace subdivision off Maybank Highway and turn right on to Plymouth Street. Landing is at the end of Plymouth Street. Water Body: Wappoo Creek   Map No: 12

REMLEYS POINT:  Mount Pleasant- off Mathis Ferry Road near Hobcaw Point and Molasses Creek subdivision. Take 5th Avenue to 3rd Street to 3rd Avenue to 2nd Street to 5th Avenue. Large Landing. Water Body: Wando River   Map No: 16

SHEM CREEK: Turn left off Coleman Blvd in Mt Pleasant onto Mill St Landing is at the end of Mill St. Water Body: Shem Creek Map No: 17

SOL LEGARE/BATTERY ISLAND: Turn right off Folly Road onto Sol Legare Rd go to end. Small landing. Water Body: Stono River   Map No: 14

STEAMBOAT:  Edisto Island. Take SteamBoat Landing Road, 968, off Highway 174 (near James Edwards School). Small landing. Water Body: Steamboat Creek   Map No: 5

TOOGOODOO: Take US 17 South turn left onto Highway 162 and go through Hollywood to Highway 636. 636 leads to landing. Water Body: Upper Toogoodoo Creek   Map No: 6

WAPPOO CUT: Off Folly Road at bridge before James Island. Water Body: Wappoo Creek   Map No: 13

WILLTOWN BLUFF*:  Take a left onto 174 from US 17 South to road 55 (Wiltown Rd) which leads to the landing. Or take a left on Parkers Ferry Rd (38) off US 17 South to Willtown Rd. Water Body: Edisto River   Map No: 3

Below please find a document which shows the location of the boat landings.

Hunting:  www.dnr.state.sc.us/hunting.html