South Carolina Environmental Law Project

Lawyers for the Wild Side of South Carolina

KiawahKayak2018 - Registration Is Open

The South Carolina Environmental Law Project

The South Carolina Environmental Law Project

The South Carolina Environmental Law Project

The South Carolina Environmental Law Project

The South Carolina Environmental Law Project

A Kayak Outing to Captain Sams Spit, in support of our ongoing efforts to save it from development

  • When: On Sunday, May 20th 2018, 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Where: Kiawah River, Kiawah Island (kayak morning launch); Johns Island (lunch and afternoon)
  • Who: All citizens in South Carolina and beyond who care about preserving Captain Sams Spit or who want to discover and pay homage to one of South Carolina's most iconic beaches.
You can now register >>HERE<<

Kayak launch is between 9am and 10am from Mingo Point, followed by lunch and entertainment on the creek in Johns Island. Paddle out to the Spit to observe the site of proposed developments from the water. Land briefly for shelling and birding on the southern tip of the Spit. Explore the meandering creeks between Kiawah and Seabrook Islands, and return by 1pm to head over to Sidi Limehouse and Louise Bennett’s home to enjoy good food, better company, and have a great time. You are welcome to join us only for lunch, too!

We will not issue or mail printed tickets. Your name will be on the guest list as soon as you register.

Paddle for Captain Sams Spit is a rain or shine event. In the case of dangerous weather that threatens the safety of participants or staff, SCELP reserves the right to postpone or cancel the event. In the event of a cancellation, there will be no refunds.


2018 is the 10th year of the public interest litigation brought by SCELP on behalf of the SC Coastal Conservation League and local community to prevent private developers from building roads, 50 houses and related infrastructure on this highly mobile barrier island tip. The iconic spit serves as a barrier to the mainland and provides critical habitat and feeding grounds for many rare, threatened and endangered species like the piping plover, red knot, diamondback terrapin. The shoreline in and around Captain Sams Inlet is one of the few places where bottlenose dolphins engage in a unique hunting behavior called strand-feeding. Captain Sams Spit must be preserved in perpetuity.

Having won several landmark cases across South Carolina’s coastal region since the early ’90s, the Conservation League, SCELP and their supporters have relentlessly pursued the protection of Captain Sams Spit since 2008. We want to celebrate the 10 years of steadfast advocacy and legal work, but as we have done in the past, we also want to celebrate and pay homage to the natural treasure at center of the “legal saga” and doing so with many of the engaged and passionate citizens who have devoted their time, talent and treasure to enable our community-supported conservation accomplishments.

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