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Caper's Island in South Carolina

Trip Overview

I completed an overnight trip to Caper's Island (near Charleston) this past weekend. I put in at the Isle of Palms Marina on the northern end of the island. From the marina you can reach Caper's Island in approximately 2 hours paddling at a moderate pace. I chose to follow the Intracoastal Waterway since this was my first trip to Caper's and I didn't have much daylight to spend navigating the wetland creeks. The scenery and wildlife were the typical for the low country area. I saw several egrets, herons, various shore birds, dolphins feeding, etc. This is enjoyable as a local but would be a wonderful experience for paddlers not accustomed to the views of this area. After arriving at Caper's I selected a campsite on the south end of the island. Camping is only allowed on either the south or north end of the island. I haven't spent much time at the north end of the island but I'm told that it is more likely to swamp out during extreme tides. Remember to get a camping permit from the DNR before you go. You can get one for free by calling (843)762-5077. After setting up camp and getting my gear packed away I made dinner and tried to enjoy one of the muggier & buggier nights I have endured in a tent. I would recommend planning this trip later in the fall to avoid the heat, humidity, and mosquitoes. With a liberal coat of deet and a smoky campfire I was able to ward off all but the most persistent mosquitoes. In the morning I made a little breakfast and took a hike up the coast to grab a few shells and enjoy the scenery. The return trip proved to be just as enjoyable as the paddle out.

Outfitting:

Wilderness Systems Cape Horn, 2 man tent, light bag and mat, etc.

Fees:

Camping permit (free) required from the DNR (843)762-5077

Directions:

Take Highway 26 to the end. Head towards Mt. Pleasant and follow Highway 17N until you come to the Isle of Palms Connector. Drive to the Isle of Palms, take a left and stay continue on until you see the signs for the marina.

Resources:

I would recommend a map of the coastal waterways in South Carolina. You can get an excellent map for approximately $10 from Coastal Expeditions in Mt. Pleasant (843)884-7684. They also offer guided trips.

  • Duration: 2-3 Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Water Type: Open Water/Ocean
  • Group Rates: No

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