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Outdoor Recreation (Boating, Beaches, Parks…)

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:

Isle of Palms is a barrier island measuring seven miles long and one mile long.  Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the intracoastal waterway, there are more than six miles of public beach for you to enjoy.  Whether you enjoy walking, biking, running, surfing, boarding…this is the place for you!  

For seven straight years, the Clean Beaches Council (out of Washington DC) has certified the Isle of Palms beach as a "Blue Wave" beach. This award is given to beaches that meet and/or exceed specific criteria including being "clean, healthy and environmentally well managed".  Water quality and habitat conversation are also taken into account.  Isle of Palms was the only beach in the state of South Carolina to receive this certification in 2008.   

In Isle of Palms there are 50 beach access paths throughout the island which are marked by signs.  On Pavilion Avenue there are two city parking lots as well as metered parking on Ocean Boulevard.  Finally there is additional parking on city streets (unless there is a sign that says "no parking." ) 

Isle of Palms Front Beach:  http://www.iop.net/Community/FrontBeach.aspx

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


Isle of Palms Parks & Recreation Areas

The Isle of Palms Recreation Department:  http://www.iop.net/Departments/Recreation.aspx
Children’s Play Park (located on 28th Avenue) http://www.iop.net/Departments/Recreation_Facilities_Playground.aspx
Bark Park for dogs (located on 29th Avenue behind the IOP Rec Center)  http://www.iop.net/Departments/Recreation_Facilities_BarkPark.aspx
Soccer Field (located on 28th Avenue and Hartnett Blvd):  http://www.iop.net/Departments/Recreation_Facilities_Soccer.aspx
Baseball and Softball Field (located on 27th Avenue):  http://www.iop.net/Departments/Recreation_Facilities_Soccer.aspx
Basketball Courts (located on 28th and Hartnett):  http://www.iop.net/Departments/Recreation_Facilities_Basketball.aspx
Tennis Courts (located on 28th Avenue and Hartnett):  http://www.iop.net/Departments/Recreation_Facilities_Tennis.aspx
Isle of Palms County Park (14th Avenue between Palm Boulevard and Ocean Boulevard)  http://www.ccprc.com/index.asp?nid=60

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

Charleston County Park and Recreation Department:


BikingThere are bike paths throughout the island in addition you can ride along the beach–the sand is hard enough but make sure it isn’t high tide!  For rental information, please visit:  http://www.isleofpalmsbikerentals.com/order_form.htm

Parasailing, WaveRunners, Wakeboard & Banana Boats Rentalshttp://www.tidalwavewatersports.com/


Fresh-Water Fishing: Home of the Annual Striper Rodeo and Land Locked Striped Bass, Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie are man-made lakes spanning 110,000 acres of land in five South Carolina counties. For an list of rules and regulations pertaining to fresh-water fishing in South Carolina, please visit: http://www.dnr.sc.gov/fishing.html

Deep-Sea FishingCharter and head boats will take you to the famous the famous blackfish banks off of Charleston Harbor. Sixty miles off the coast is the Gulf Stream.  A widely used website concerning Charleston fishing is:  http://www.charlestonfishing.com/


In-Shore Fishing: Redfish (red drum), bluefish, snapper, bass, spotted trout and flounder can be found in the backwaters of the Lowcountry.  Flat boats and center console/bay boats can be chartered.  For additional information, please call (843) 886-0209.

Boating Excursions: There are harbor and sunset cruises as well as dolphin watching charters and trips to Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge and Fort Sumter.  Please call (843) 886-0209 for additional information. 
Boating:  Boating is extremely popular in Isle of Palms. I recommend checking out South Carolina’s Department of Resources website regarding title and registration of your boat (http://www.dnr.sc.gov/boating.html). 

The Isle of Palms Marina is a full-service marina with 50 slips. The marina has secure floating docks, water, wireless internet, cable television, and private showers for boaters who are transient. The Marina also has a double wide public boat ramp. For up-to-date information on fees, depth and location, please visit: http://www.iop.net/Community/IOPMarina_Amenities.aspx or call (843) 886-0209.  The marina is located at: 

Isle of Palms Marina
50 41st Avenue
Isle of Palms, South Carolina
(843) 886-0209
Below please find a list of additional marinas in close proximity to Isle of Palms:
 Charleston Harbor Marina
24 Patriots Point Road
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
(843) 284-7062
Shem Creek Marina
526 Mill Street
 Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
(843) 884-3211
Tolers Cove Marina
1610 Ben Sawyer Blvd
 Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
(843) 881-0325

Ashley Marina 
33 Lockwood Drive
Charleston, South Carolina
(843) 722-1996

Bristol Marina
145 Lockwood Drive
Charleston, South Carolina
(843) 723-6600

Charleston Maritime Center
10 Wharfside Street
Charleston, South Carolina
(843) 853-3625
Charleston City Marina
17 Lockwood Drive
Charleston, South Carolina
(843) 723-5098
Dolphin Cove Marina
2079 Austin Avenue
Charleston, South Carolina
(843) 744-2562

Daniel Island Marina
669 Marina Drive
Daniel Island, South Carolina
(843) 884-1000

Boat Landings:

Charleston County Parks & Recreation Commission offers 19 public boat landings.  Below I’ve listed the closest landings to Isle of Palms.
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:

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

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

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 


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

Below please find a document which shows the location of the boat landings (the numbers correspond to the locations on the map).