Blackwater Kayak Tours

FRANCIS MARION NATIONAL FOREST TOURS

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WAMBAW CREEK WILDERNESS
Join us as we explore a local blackwater creek deep in the Francis Marion National Forest! We'll paddle with the current under the shade of ancient cypress trees, keeping an eye our for piliated woodpeckers, otters, wild turkeys and more, as your guide shares the history of this important Lowcountry Waterway. This is a guide and client favorite! Find Out More
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ECHAW CREEK
If you want a truly special kayak or canoe experience, come with us to the Echaw.  From the moment you settle into your kayak, you'll be in an ancient forested wonderland of tupelos and towering blad cypresses.  And as a soundtrack, you'll be surrounded by the sounds of prothonotary warblers, northern parulas and cardinals. You won't find an area of the Lowcountry that is more raw, wild and exotic.  Find out more
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ONE OF THE TOP TOURS
Coastal Expeditions operates under special use permit within the Francis Marion National Forest.
Coastal Expeditions is an equal opportunity provider.

ACE BASIN KAYAK TOURS

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PENNY CREEK & EDISTO RIVER KAYAK TOUR
Rich in human history, this trip is perfect for anyone who wants to know more about the plantation culture and rice production of the 17th and 18th centuries.  These isolated water trails are bordered by diverse botanical specimens and are home to a myriad of wildlife. By private reservation for groups of 4 or more. Find Out More


Why Blackwater?

You'll be overcome by the beauty of these shaded creeks and rivers.

It's hard to believe that feeding into our saltwater estuaries are cool, inky waterways in Francis Marion National Forest, Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge and the ACE Basin.  We love these cypress-shaded trails and all of the birds, alligators, turtles and other fauna that call it home.  Branches dripping with Spanish moss, giant cypresses that have withstood man, storms and time, rice fields oozing with stories untold, bankside wildflowers skimming the water's surface....That's what you'll see on a blackwater tour.  Through the years, we've developed a handful of great tours on these blackwater gems, taking you to places you can't get to unless it is by kayak.


 

EAST COOPER TO SANTEE BLACKWATER KAYAK TOURS

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LITTLE PEE DEE RIVER KAYAK TOUR
Characterized by deep, dark pools and sandy beaches, this slow and sluggish river is nothing short of exciting. As it meanders through cypress-tupelo swamp, the lower Little Pee Dee constitutes many different streams, creating a maze of hidden passageways through ancient cypress knees. Designated a Scenic River by the Department of Natural Resources, the Little Pee Dee is home to abundant wildlife, including migratory birds like swallow-tailed kites and prothonotary warblers. By private reservation for groups of 4 or more. Find Out More

Quenby Creek Kayak Tour

QUENBY CREEK KAYAK TOUR
A perfect blend of natural and human history, this blackwater kayak tour leads you alongside old rice plantations, through the rice field canals and by a Revolutionary War battle site.  Highlighted by a creekside lunch by the Pompion Hill Chapel and a multitude of wildflowers and wildlife along the way, this is an excellent way to experience the Lowcountry! By private reservation for groups of 4 or more. Find Out More

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BLACK RIVER KAYAK TOUR
Named for its black tannic waters, The Black River has long been a paddlers favorite. The river flows through bottomland forest along most of its 150 mile length and offers excellent birding and wildlife watching opportunities. Come join us as we explore this state scenic river and look for swallow-tailed kites soaring over towering bald cypress.  By private reservation for groups of 4 or more.  Find out more

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SPARKLEBERRY & RIMINI SWAMP
Come and paddle through the awesome and immense Rimini Swamp, located at the northern edge of Lake Marion. Discover the pleasures of kayaking between soaring bald cypress and tupelo gum trees.  This watery wonderland is an oasis for a diverse array of wildlife, and myriad of blackwater trails are a paddlers dream. This tour will forever imprint itself into your memory as one of the most tranquil and beautiful paddling spots in South Carolina.  Don't miss this!!  By private reservation for groups of 4 or more.  
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