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Cape Romain Wilderness

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General Trip Planning Information

Knowledge of current weather conditions in the area will make the trip to Cape Romain more pleasurable. Calling the Refuge Headquarters prior to your trip is recommended to be adequately prepared for the environmental conditions during your expected visit.

Recreational Opportunities

The wilderness is accessable only by boat and consists of marshes, beaches and islands. Recreational activities include walking along the beaches, birding, fishing and boating on the numerous waterways throughout the area.

Climate and Special Equipment Needs

Weather is hot and humid from mid-spring through early fall. Insect numbers are high at times through the summer. Bring plenty of insect repellent and water. Sandspurs and prickly pear cactus are numerous on the interior of the islands so bring appropriate footwear. Poison ivy and venemous snakes inhabit the islands.

Safety and Current Conditions

The islands of the Refuge are only accessible by boat and are located miles off the mainland. Thunderstorms are common daily occurances during the warm months and can form quickly. High winds and waves can make landing and anchoring of boats difficult and dangerous. Always check weather conditions before going out. The tidal amplitude in the Refuge averages 5.5 feet. A nautical chart of the creeks is recommended as getting stuck in shallow areas is possible without proper knowledge of the waters.