Rules & Regulations

General Boat Landing Rules & Regulations

  • Pack it in, Pack it out! This litter control program is based on visitors taking from the boat landings all of the trash they brought with them. The cleaning and disposal of fish/shrimp/crabs/oysters at the landing is prohibited. (Except for DNR oyster shell collection sites.)
  • Tying to a floating dock for more than 15 consecutive minutes is prohibited.
  • Consumption of alcohol or other intoxicants is strictly forbidden.
  • Swimming at any boat landing is prohibited.
  • Parking is limited and for active boat landing users. Landings are not to be used to store, load, or transport construction equipment; abandoning or parking boats or other equipment for more than 72 consecutive hours is prohibited. 
  • Please lock your vehicles and remove valuables from view. The Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission is not responsible for any lost, damaged or stolen property.

Per Charleston County Code of Ordinances Section 14.5-4, Ordinance #1226, 8-13-02,


It shall be unlawful to:


  • Abandon or park any vehicles or trailers on the premises of any boat landing for a period of more than 72 consecutive hours. 
  • Transact any commercial functions (i.e. give or receive money or other goods and services in exchange for money) within the premises of any public boat landing.
  • Utilize the parking areas of any public boat landing solely for the customers of any for-profit business.
  • Use any boat landing to advertise any vehicle or trailer for sale. 
  • Utilize the boat landings for the storage, loading, or transportation of construction materials without a special permit or authorization of CCPRC. 
  • Utilize the parking spaces dedicated for vehicles with boat trailers for parking vehicles on weekends or holidays.
  • Obstruct the boat launch or “make ready” lane with any vehicle or trailer for more than 15 consecutive minutes.
  • This property is under the jurisdiction of local law enforcement. Failure to abide by posted rules is grounds for ticketing, arrest and/or towing at owners expense.
*Per Charleston County Code of Ordinances Section 14.5-4, Ordinance #1226, 8-13-02

Safety Awareness


  • Please follow all South Carolina Department of Natural Resources boating regulations.
  • Caution should be exercised at all public boat ramps. Tides, currents, and natural conditions can greatly affect usage of ramps at any time. Serious drop-offs may be present at low tide.
  • Two boat landings, Shem Creek and W. O. Thomas, have a life preserver (PFD) loaner program. This service is provided by a private business, and PFD availability is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Selecting a Boat Landing


Some boat landings are used more than others; the ones with the highest traffic volume are:
  • Folly Beach 
  • Wappoo Cut (West Ashley)
  • Remley’s Point (Mount Pleasant)
  • Shem Creek (Mount Pleasant)
  • W.O. Thomas Jr. (North Charleston)
  • Battery Island/Sol Legare (James Island)
Lesser-used landings to consider include:
  • Dawhoo Landing (Edisto Island)
  • Steamboat (Edisto Island)

The following boat landings are suited more for canoes and kayaks; launching standard-sized or larger boats at these landings is not recommended:
  • Pierpoint on Church Creek, West Ashley
  • Penny Creek, Willtown Area
  • Gadsonville on the Copahee Sound, Mount Pleasant
  • Paradise on the Wando River, Mount Pleasant

Arrival at Landing/Preparing for Launch


Please be courteous of other boaters and use the make ready lanes to prepare your boat for launching. After launching your boat, please move away from the ramp to allow other boaters to launch. If you need to tie off your boat after launching, please do not stay at the dock for an extended period of time.

Safety Awareness


  • Caution should be exercised at all public boat ramps. Tides, currents, and natural conditions can greatly affect usage of ramps at any time. Serious drop-offs may be present at low tide.
  • Two boat landings, Shem Creek and W. O. Thomas, have a life preserver (PFD) loaner program. This service is provided by a private business and PFD availability is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

More Helpful Hints 


  • Before leaving the house, make sure you have everything you need for a great day on the water.
  • Check your fuel levels.
  • Make sure someone who is not going with you knows your plan.
  • Make sure the boat is plugged before launching your boat.
  • Boat and trailer maintenance should be done prior to boat landing arrival.
  • Understand the rules and regulations of the water. South Carolina Department of Resources is a valuable resource.
  • Practice makes perfect! Weekdays and after work are great times to work on boating skills.