Paddle Around Crab Bank Island Preserve (Mt. Pleasant): An easy paddle out Shem Creek and around Crab Bank Island in the Charleston Harbor with great views of Fort Sumter, Ravenel Bridge, Patriot’s Point, and Sullivan’s Island. Crab Bank Island is home to thousands of nesting shorebirds and is not meant to be disturbed. In other words, it’s illegal to walk on the island. There is a very accessible self put-in right at Shem Creek with rentals available at Nature Adventure Outfitters.
Directions from Charleston: Take Hwy 17 N towards Mt. Pleasant over the Ravenel Bridge. Exit onto Coleman Blvd. and at the 4th traffic light turn right in to parking lot on Shem Creek.