NAO Newsworthy


Swamp Girls

By Carol Patterson

“They (the men) wanted to burp and tell bad jokes and I think I made them uncomfortable,” remarked Kathie Livingston, founder of Nature Adventures Outfitters, on her reasons for starting a women’s only paddling group. “Sometimes women want to get away from their responsibilities and just enjoy themselves,” she observes, “I started the meet-up a month ago and I’ve had over forty women sign up already.” The women who join have partners, friends and family so it’s not for lack of a regular paddling partner that many find themselves on the women’s outing. They want the  ( read full article)

Paddle Shem Creek for a Different Point of View

By Marie McAden

Standing on the top deck of Red’s Icehouse on Shem Creek Mount Pleasant’s party central — one cannot appreciate the diversity of wildlife found in this seafood-rich coastal environment.

No, I’m not talking about the crowds of visitors enjoying frosty mugs of beer and steamed oysters on the festive waterfront. I mean real wildlife like dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, otters and shore birds.

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 Reds, 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 )

About NAO

At Nature Adventures Outfitters, our entire focus is on giving you the best kayak experience the waters near Charleston and the South Carolina coast have to offer. Whether you're staying at the Isle of Palms, Sullivans Island, or Downtown Charleston, we have tours for every member of the family. Featuring expedtition sea kayaking to South Carolina attractions including the barrier islands, blackwater swamps and rivers. No experience necessary, so plan your next South Carolina vacation with Nature Adventures Outfitters!

Our record on Safety and accurate Naturalist interpretation has given us a reputation as Coastal South Carolina's most recommended and respected Kayak Guide Service.

Environmental Organizations paddle with us and we've had repeat clientele for years!

This business is an equal opportunity provider.
This business is operated under a special use permit with the Francis Marion National Forest.


Contact Us

We are the closest outfitter to Charleston and the oldest and most respected naturalist guide service!

You can GPS in Shrimp Boat Lane, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 and it will take you to our parking lot  at Shem Creek. Do not use this address for our other tours - click here for directions to our Blackwater Tours or our other Saltwater Tours.

Main Location: Shrimp Boat Lane, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina (On the water at Shem Creek) All others: See our Directions page on our website.
Telephone:  843-568-3222
Telephone 2:  800-673-0679
Mailing Address:1900 Iron Swamp Rd. Awendaw, SC 29429