Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge
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Frequently Asked Questions

 

How can I get to Bulls Island?

Bulls Island, one of the barrier islands within the refuge, is located about 3 miles from the mainland and is only accessible by boat. There is a public dock at the island and you can take your personal watercraft during daylight hours. Coastal Expeditions, the refuge concessionaire, operates a ferry service that provides regularly scheduled trips: March 1 – November 30 Tu/Thu/Fri/Sat Departs 9AM and 12:30, Returns 12PM and 4PM. December 1 – February 28 Saturday Departs 10AM, Returns 3PM. Ferry Fee: Adults $40 and Children 12 and under $20. Reservations are not required but recommended. Call Coastal Expeditions at 843.881.4582 or visit their website at www.coastalexpeditions.com.

Can I ride a bicycle on Bulls Island?

Bicycles are allowed on the island's service roads. Bikes are not permitted on the beach or on the Middens Trail and Turkey Walk Trail.

Are there facilities on Bulls Island?

There are restrooms, a covered shelter, and picnic area. Travel on the island is by foot or bicycle.

Where would I go to see the Cape Romain Lighthouses?

The two historic lighthouses of Cape Romain NWR, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, are on Lighthouse Island, located about 7 miles off the mainland from the village of McClellanville. The lighthouses cannot be viewed from the mainland. Access to the island is by watercraft during daylight hours. Located in a National Wilderness Area, there are no public facilities or boat dock on the island. The refuge offers four guided tours to the lighthouses annually. Contact the Sewee Center at 843.928.3368 to find out when a lighthouse tour is scheduled.

How can I volunteer for the Loggerhead sea turtle program?

Contact Rustin Gooden, volunteer coordinator, at the Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center at 843.928.3368 or email rustin_gooden@fws.gov. The refuge has an average of 1000 nests each season on Cape, Lighthouse and Bulls islands. Our volunteers are vital to the success of the nest relocation project. June through August are the busiest months of the turtle nesting season. Please see our Volunteers web page for volunteer opportunities available throughout the year.

Why do you have Red wolves at the Sewee Visitor Center?

The historic range of the endangered red wolf was once throughout the Southeast and eastern South Carolina was part of the wolf's habitat. By 1970, the wolf was threatened with extinction and the FWS implemented a recovery plan for its survival. Cape Romain NWR has played a significant role in the recovery of the red wolf. Important to the red wolf population, the Sewee Center is one of over 40 captive breeding sites for the wolf nationwide. The red wolf viewing platform at the Center gives us the opportunity to observe one of the most endangered animals in the world and learn about its history and continued struggle for survival.

What is the best time for bird watching at Cape Romain?

With 293 bird species recorded on the refuge, bird watching is good throughout the year. During the spring and fall seasons, migratory shorebirds, songbirds and raptors move through the refuge. Summer is a busy time for seabirds and songbirds as they nest and raise their young on the beaches and in the maritime forest. Waterfowl overwinter in the impoundments on Bulls Island. Also during the winter, the largest wintering populations of American oystercatchers and marbled godwits along the Atlantic coast can be found on the refuge.

 

 

 

Relocating a turtle nest. Credit: Steve Hillebrand/USFWS
Relocating a turtle nest. Credit: Steve Hillebrand

 

Last updated: February 12, 2013
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