The Refuge and our contractors have finalized dates for the first round of construction to make the Wildlife Drive more resilient to future storms. For the next six weeks or so repairs will be made to the dike at Turtle Cove (South Dike) and Dogleg (North Dike). Work to the Long Dike, the water control structure in the northeast corner and dike resurfacing will occur later in the summer and at this point are planned to be completed by the end of August 2016.
Beginning April 18th and until further notice:
Shorebird fans should find this posting of monthly tide charts helpful. Shorebirds will be particularly visible in the tidal salt marsh when the tide recedes, as the muddy edges which are so attractive to them are exposed. Conversely, shorebirding in the Vogt Pool, also known as the west pool, can be better at high tide. Please note that water depths will vary depending on various weather conditions.
Visit the Tide Chart, run by the University of South Carolina.
Please add one hour to all tide times for the waters surrounding the Wildlife Drive.
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There are wildlife viewing opportunities year-round on the refuge. Come by in the winter for a chance to see hundreds of black ducks and Atlantic brant. Summer is a great time to spot turtles sunning by the water. Visit our Seasons of Wildlife page to learn more!