Eco-Friendly Water Activities

Charleston, SC

In the Lowcountry of South Carolina it's all about the water! There's never a shortage of water-oriented recreational activities to choose from, making our area so popular among visitors and permanent residents alike.

Unfortunately, not all water recreation is 100% environmentally friendly. Many forms of outdoor water based recreational activities are large contributors to pollution. When enjoying our beautiful coastal waterways it is crucial to maintain earth friendly practices that preserve our delicate eco-system.

Swimming is an excellent water activity that has a significant positive impact on your physical health. Swimming has highly beneficial therapeutic qualities and causes no residual negative impact on the environment. Here in the Lowcountry we're fortunate to have the convenience of the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. In warmer months, skip the indoor or outdoor swimming pool and get your swim on in the salty ocean water. The saltwater is great for your skin and you may get lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a nearby family of dolphins.

Kayaking is another great way to tour the waters of the Lowcountry and kayaks are readily available for rental. Our rivers and waterways are easily navigated on a kayak and your upper body will thank you for the workout. Kayaking is a great way to explore the area by water, observe the local flora and fauna, and it provides a unique perspective into what makes this region so special.

You may want to consider other eco-friendly water activities such as kite surfing, canoeing, or renting a paddleboat for a leisurely ride. Electric boats are considered to be safer for the ecosystem than traditional speedboats and may be available for hourly rentals at an area marina. Likewise, sailboats utilize wind power to maneuver, making them a more eco-friendly boating option.

Additionally, fishing is a highly popular pastime in the coastal region and can provide hours of entertainment. Fishing conserves resources by allowing you to take advantage of what is already available. Fishing is a way of reminding us that all of nature's wildlife plays an important role in our eco-system. Be careful to do the necessary research to be sure that you understand local catch and release laws. You can visit the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources online to gather more specific information on what defines an acceptable catch. As always, be mindful of the trash you generate and be sure to dispose of it appropriately so we can keep the water clean and healthy for future generations.

The Lowcountry is an area revered for her natural treasures. The water is such an important part of our local culture and should be treated with the utmost consideration and respect when engaging in any water based recreational activity.

Home Hilton Head Island Bluffton Beaufort Charleston