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Shem Creek Kayaking

Up Shem Creek without a paddle?

It is one of the staples of things to do during a visit of Charleston, South Carolina. Shem Creek is just a few short miles from the downtown peninsula and over the majestic Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge spanning the Cooper River (pronounced Cup-ah by the natives).  It offers so many treasures in a calm, secluded bay.

Why is Shem Creek so popular? Simple. It has it all. Great views, food, libations, wildlife, nightlife, sunsets and water.  There are two marinas in a short span and a public boat launch with dock. This makes this tidally influenced creek incredibly  accessible to boaters, kayakers and paddle boarders alike. Nature Adventures is blessed with an amazing “paddlers destination” location at Shrimp Boat Lane attached to Mount Pleasant Seafood with our own private, carpeted boat ramp.

The Shem Creek Park, managed by the town of Mt. Pleasant opens at 5:00 am and is great for a morning stroll to catch a sunrise over the shrimp trawlers or to fish or crab from in the wee hours of the morning before dawn.  Throughout the day you will see children running up and down the boardwalks with parents walking hand in hand.  Dolphins can be seen breaching the water's surface playfully awaiting the catch from the fishing/shrimping boats. This gem is great for an evening stroll to catch the setting Lowcountry sun as well. From this vantage point, we see the silhouetted bridge mentioned above. Many a proposal has occurred with these stunning waterfront views.

Food and libations can be enjoyed on the waterfront while watching the pods of dolphins, flocks of seabirds and the occasional manatee.  We are also big fans of the cuisine on Shem Creek with Water’s Edge and Red's Ice House offering the best atmospheres and largest waterfront footprints for the most viewing of the creek. They have a great mix of outdoor and indoor venues and partially covered tables appeasing any size crowd with varying needs. Also be sure to stop into the Up the Creek Boutique to browse the fine Shemwear and goods before enjoying an ice cream cone while walking the boardwalk.

Why do you love Shem Creek, Mount Pleasant?


Kayaking with dolphins

"Bryson was an excellent guide and took us an enjoyable paddle on Shem Creek. We saw several groups of dolphins swimming right beside us. We paddled out to the bird sanctuary and saw many brown pelicans and several newborns. Bryson gave us an excellent overview of the Charleston skyline and the history of its forts."

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Paddle board and kayaking

"Even though it rained beforehand, it was worth the wait. And rain made the dolphins more active. Bryson was an awesome guide. It was a first for a friend an me and so much fun! Will definitely return!"


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Fun, Relaxing, and Informative

"My wife and I took the kayak tour in the early morning. Neither of us had been on a kayak before, but our guide, Jim, had us feeling like pros in no time. The boat traffic was low that day and the water was very calm. Making the day a relaxing, yet fun, way to cap off our vacation."

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