That Capers Island exists as an undeveloped, public island is one of the Lowcountry’s greatest natural assets. Just 15 miles from downtown Charleston, the night sky on Capers’ boneyard beach is darker (and the stars more vibrant) than on any of the populated islands it neighbors. Although Capers borders the Cape Romain Refuge, it is maintained by DNR and primitive camping is permitted, with a free permit. The easiest kayak route to the island is from the Isle of Palms Marina. Simply head north on the Intracoastal Waterway for 4.5 miles. You’ll pass Dewees Inlet, Dewees Island, and then reach Capers Inlet. Avoid the motorboaters and fisherman who pull up on Capers’ south-facing beach by paddling out toward the ocean and around the island’s tip (surf is typically negligible here). You’ll have beachfront camping to yourself. Capers is also accessible from Gadsdenville Landing in Mt. Pleasant. Cross Copahee Sound to the Intracoastal and head north along Dewees Island to Capers Inlet. Copahee Sound is extremely shallow, so avoid dead low tides and use a map.
Directions from Charleston: Take Hwy 17 N to the Isle of Palms Connector. Once on IOP, take a left on Palm Blvd. and another quick left onto 21st Ave. Take a right on Waterway Blvd. and continue 1.7 miles to a left at 41st Ave. The marina is 200 yards on your right. To reach Gadsenville Landing, take Hwy 17 N for 15 miles. After passing Hwy 41 on your left and Charleston National Country Club on your right, look for Gadsdenville Rd. on your right. The street dead ends into the small kayak throw-in.
Capers Island Camping Permits: SCDNR / 843-953-9300 / www.dnr.sc.gov