The historic 2.5-mile creek — home to the local shrimping fleet — offers easy access to Charleston harbor and an important sea Bird Sanctuary protected by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources .
On a recent visit to Charleston , I decided to forgo the “tree house” view from Red’s and get out on the water for a different perspective of Shem creek. A guided three-hour trip with Nature Adventures Kayak and Canoe Outfitters was just the ticket.
Owner Kathie Livingston and I set out from the outfitters’ boat ramp across from Red's, passing the colorful Shrimp boats that line the waterway just past the restaurants and bars. Within minutes, we were at the mouth of the creek looking at the northwest tip of Crab Bank Seabird Sanctuary , a 22-acre sandpit island used as nesting grounds by a number of shorebirds, including brown pelicans, black skimmers, laughing gulls, American oystercatchers, willets, great egrets, ibis, tricolored herons and the state threatened species, Wilson’s plover. ( read full article )