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Wando River and Cat Island

Launch site: Claude M. Blanchard, Jr. Landing
A.K.A."Paradise Island" Landing — a Charleston County landing.
End of County Road 1453, off Highway US 17, on Wando River.

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Cat Island beach on the Wando River.

For this trip 7 statue mile round-trip, plan your voyage to Cat Island on a ebb (falling) tide, and plan the return with the flood (rising) tide.

Trip Report: 11/26/2008

Day before Thanksgiving paddle - Wando River and Cat Island - November 26, 2008

The temperature was in the upper 50s and the winds were light as we set off around 11:00 a.m. We headed left from the landing down the Wando River. Low tide was predicted to be around 2:00 p.m. We rode the ebb tide towards Cat Island and covered the 3.5 statute miles in a leisurely hour.

Tides for this area can be found by selecting Wando River Big Paradise Island as your tide location at For this trip, plan your voyage to Cat Island on a ebb (falling) tide, and plan the return with the flood (rising) tide.

Don’t forget to pull your kayaks above the intertidal zone anytime you will be out of site of the boats. The tidal range in coastal South Carolina is about 6 feet. Don’t be exploring a remote island and have your kayaks floated away by a flood tide!

Along the way we spotted some birds [external links @]:
     A Common Loon
     A flock of Buffleheads
     Great Egrets
     Snowy Egrets
     A Great Blue Heron

We landed on the sandy beach at Cat Island. The first small, fossilized shark tooth was found even before we got out of the boats! The two paddlers ended up with 42 small teeth. Previous trips have yielded shark vertebrae and other treasures. The day was perfect for a picnic in a small glade just up from the beach.

›› photos from our Cat Island paddle

Fossil teeth found on Cat Island

Around 3:00 p.m. we departed the beach at Cat Island headed back towards the landing. Some strokes and maneuvers practice along the way sharpened our appetites for the next day’s feast of turkey!

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