Sunday, September 29, 2013
Experience Cape Romain’s National Wilderness Area and Lighthouse Island on Sunday, Sept. 29. Travel by boat through the creeks and bays and enjoy close-up views of dolphins, seabirds and shorebirds. Walk in the lighthouse compound where two 1800s lighthouses and the remains of house foundations, water pumps and cisterns link us to our maritime heritage and a way of life long past. Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge in conjunction with Coastal Expeditions hosts this annual fall tour to view the historic lighthouses, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Tommy Graham, preservationist and tour guide for the trip, will give a slide presentation on the history of the two lighthouses at the Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center at 12:30 p.m. Following the 45 minute presentation, participants will drive to McClellanville and board the Coastal Expeditions ferry at 2 p.m. (Ferry ride is approximately one hour).
Lighthouse Island is located in the Wilderness Area. Therefore, there are no facilities or dock on the island and participants must wade ashore in water ranging from ankle to knee deep and walk approximately ½ mile on a grass path to the lighthouses. Wear appropriate shoes for water and pluff mud. Things to bring include water, snacks and insect repellent. Dress for the weather. The ferry will leave Lighthouse Island for the return trip to McClellanville at 4:30 p.m. The transportation fee is $45 per person. The tour fills up quickly so please reserve your spot early.
Reservation is by credit card only. Cash, check or charge payable to Coastal Expeditions at the boat dock on the day of the trip. Reservations may be made by calling Coastal Expeditions at 843-884-7684 or online at bullsislandferry.com.
The Sewee Visitor Center is located at 5821 Highway 17 North, Awendaw, SC 29429. If you have any questions, please contact the center at 843-928-3368 Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The service manages the 150-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 552 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 70 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resources offices and 81 ecological services field stations. It oversees the Federal Assistance program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies. Visit the service’s website at http://www.fws.gov.