Don’t rock the boat! Insider boat landing tips from Charleston County Parks

It’s high traffic season at local boat landings. So, Charleston County Parks wants you to know some tips on how to best navigate their 19 public spots this summer.

Arriving at a Landing and Preparing to Launch
CCPRC encourages boaters to be courteous to others. Use the make-ready lanes to prepare a boat for launch. Once you have launched, you should move away from the ramp to allow others access and not stay at the dock for an extended period of time.

On weekends and holidays, vehicles without trailers are not allowed to park in the trailer spots. Failure to heed this rule could result in a $500 fine from local law enforcement.

Rules and Regulations
Boaters should read and follow all Department of Natural Resources (DNR) boating regulations at their website. CCPRC asks all boaters to practice the “Pack it in, pack it out” litter control program, which means take all the trash you brought with you when you leave.

Safety Awareness
Caution should be exercised at all public boat landings. Tides, currents and natural conditions can greatly affect ramps at any time. Be aware that serious drop-offs may be present at low tides. If you are using the Shem Creek or W.O. Thomas boat landings, feel free to take advantage of their life preserver loaner program. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please remember to lock all vehicles and remove all valuables from view when you depart a landing. CCPRC is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen property.

Landings with the highest traffic are:
– Folly Beach
– Wappoo Cut (West Ashley)
– Remley’s Point (Mount Pleasant)
– Shem Creek (Mount Pleasant)
– W.O. Thomas Jr. (North Charleston)
– Batter Island/Sol Legare (James Island)
– John P. Limehouse (Johns Island)
– Plymouth (Riverland Terrace- James Island)

Lesser-used landings to consider instead:
– Dawhoo Landing (Edisto Island)
– Steamboat (Edisto Island)

Best launches for canoes and kayaks:
– Pierpont on Church Creek (West Ashley)
– Penny Creek Landing (Willtown)
– Gadsonville and Paradise (Mount Pleasant)

More Helpful Hints
– Before leaving the house, make sure you have everything you need for a day on the water.
– Check your fuel levels
– Make sure someone who is not going with you knows your plan
– Make sure your boat is plugged before launching
– Boat and trailer maintenance should be done prior to boat landing arrival

Charleston County boat landings are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and are self-managed and unstaffed. Charleston County Parks encourages you to sign up for to receive their email alerts so that you can stay up to date about any closures or repairs being done at your favorite launch spot. For a full list of boat landings and to sign up to stay notified, visit their website.