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A Guide to Beaufort County Public Boat Ramps (Hilton Head Island & Bluffton)

Posted by Bill True on Friday, May 17th, 2019 at 6:06pm.

When I began the research for this article, I had no idea the number of boat launching ramps maintained by Beaufort County, Department of Public Works.

Then, I focused on the location of Beaufort County, the heart of the South Carolina Lowcountry, and quickly realized that the twenty-five boat ramps are spread across the twenty-two rivers and creeks that run through Beaufort County.

My next challenge was how to present such a large quantity of information that would be not only useful to my readers but would be in a format that would allow the boater or potential boater quick access to detailed information on each of the facilities. Here, Beaufort County is the hero. The Beaufort County, Department of Public Works maintains a database of relevant information and even pictures of each of the twenty-five boat ramp facilities.

In the following pages I will provide, by waterway, a brief description of each of the twenty-five ramps throughout Bluffton and Hilton Head Island with a link to the Beaufort County’s information page.

Boat Ramps by Waterway

Battery Creek

Parris Island Boat Landing

Access to Batter Creek and Beaufort River

  • 15 Parking Spaces (unpaved)
  • Dual lane ramp (steepr than average)
  • Courtesy dock

Port Royal Boat Landing (The Sands)

Access to Battery Creek & Beaufort River

  • Heavily used; limited parking (34 spaces)
  • Three lane ramp
  • L-Shaped courtesy dock

Brickyard Creek

Brickyard Creek Boat Landing

  • Approximately 10 Parking spaces (unpaved)
  • Ramp only; No courtesy dock
  • Ramp is rough; Deep drop-off at Low Tide
  • County has only Prescriptive rights to Property

Broad Creek

Cross Island Boat Landing

  • 45 Parking spaces
  • Access to Broad Creek and Calibogue Sound
  • Courtesy dock

Marshland Boat Landing

  • Approximately 20 parking spaces
  • Small Boats, Kayaks, & Canoes only (gravel landing)
  • Access to headwaters of Broad Creek (no wake zones)
  • Very shallow water

Broad River

Broad River Boat Landing

  • Courtesy Dock and Ramp
  • 50+ Parking Spaces
  • Lighting
  • Shares Parking and Restroom with Pier
  • Co-located with Broad River Fishing Pie

Capers Creek

Wallace Boat Landing

  • Access to Caper's Creek
  • 10 Parking spaces
  • Rough ramp
  • Courtesy dock

Chechessee River

Edgar Glenn Boat Landing

  • SC 170 at Chechessee River Bridge
  • 64 Parking spaces
  • Access to Chechessee & Broad Rivers & Port Royal Sound
  • Dual lane ramp; Courtesy dock
  • No lighting

Colleton River

H.E. Trask, Sr. Boat Landing

  • Access to Colleton, Okatie, and Chechessee Rivers
  • Long fetch; Water can be rough
  • Dual lane ramp and courtesy dock
  • Approximately 55 parking spaces (unpaved)

Combahee River

Steel Bridge Boat Landing

  • Combahee River
  • Heavily used; Limited parking (approx. 14 unpaved spaces)
  • Dual lane ramp
  • Older courtesy dock

Factory Creek

White Hall Boat Landing

  • Access to Lady's Island-Factory Creek
  • Heavily used; Limited parking (16 spaces)
  • Four Lane undivided ram
  • Older courtesy dock
  • Drop-off at low tid

Fripp Point Inlet

Russ Point Boat Landing

  • Access to Fripp Inlet
  • 16 Parking spaces (unpaved)
  • Two lane ramp
  • Central courtesy dock

Huspah Creek

Paige Point Boat Landing

  • Access to Huspah Creek and Whale Branch River
  • New floating dock
  • 15 Parking spaces on unpaved lot

Jenkins Creek

Edding Point Boat Landing

  • Access to Jenkins Creek and Morgan River
  • New floating dock
  • 20 Parking spaces (12 paved; 8 unpaved)
  • Deep drop off at low tide

Lucy Point Creek

Sams Point Boat Landing

  • Access to Lucy Point Creek and Coosaw River
  • Heavily used; Limited parking (approx. 10 spaces)
  • Dual lane ramp
  • Courtesy dock

Mackay Creek

Buckingham Boat Landing

  • Access to MacKay Creek and Calibogue Sound
  • Very limited parking (4-6 spaces max.)
  • Must know the Channel

C.C. Haig Jr. Boat Landing

  • Located off US 278 on Pinckney Island
  • Access to MacKay and Skull Creeks
  • Approximately 90 parking spaces
  • New ramp and courtesy dock
  • Co-located with fixed pier

May River

Alljoy Boat Landing

  • Access to May River and Calibogue Sound
  • Long fetch; Water can be rough
  • Drop off at Low Tide
  • Heavily used; Very limited parking (Approx. 20 spaces)

Bluffton Oyster Factory Park

  • Access to May River
  • Ramp only; No courtesy dock
  • 20 Parking spaces

New River

Daufuskie Island Boat Landing

  • Courtesy dock
  • 10 Parking spaces; Single lane ramp
  • Shares restroom with Marshside Mama's
  • Co-located with fixed pier

Station Creek

Buddy and Zoo Boat Landing

  • Heavily used on Weekends
  • Approximately 100 parking spaces, Including overflow lot
  • Three lane ramp
  • Older courtesy dock

Sugar Hill Creek

Sugar Hill Boat Landing

  • Sugar Hill Creek into the Combahee River
  • 50+ Unpaved parking spaces; Heavily used during duck season
  • Rough ramp; No courtesy dock
  • Deep drop-off at low tide
  • Smaller boats only; Creek very shallow at low tide

Wards Creek

Butcher's Island Boat Landing

  • 20 Parking spaces (unpaved); No courtesy dock
  • Small boats only; Shallow creek
  • New ramp

Whale Branch

Grays Hill Boat Landing

  • Access to Broad River and Whale Branch
  • Dual lane ramp; Courtesy dock
  • 18 Parking spaces (unpaved)

Wimbee River

Wimbee Boat Landing

  • Access to Wimbee Creek
  • 15 Parking spaces (unpaved)
  • New courtesy dock
  • Co-located with Wimbee Creek Fishing Pier

Enjoy the waterways of Beaufort County in the heart of the South Carolina Lowcountry.

-Bill True

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