Rules and Regulations

Rules Regs 512W

Beginning August 15, 2021, anyone who wishes to solicit or conduct commercial activities, including, but not limited to, horseshoe crab harvesting within the boundaries of Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) must apply for a Special Use Permit (SUP) from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

If a SUP is issued, the permittee must comply with all special conditions attached to that SUP.

Reminder: The entire Refuge is closed from sunset to sunrise, and specific areas within the Refuge are subject to periodic closures.  These closures take precedence over any authorization contained in a SUP.


All local, state and federal regulations apply on the refuge. General regulations
include the following:

• The refuge is open during daylight hours only, from sunrise to sunset.

• Entering any area posted with area closed signs is prohibited.

• Marsh Island and White Banks Islands are closed to protect nesting birds from
  February 15 - September 15.

• Camping is prohibited. Camping facilities are located nearby on the
  Francis Marion National Forest. Call the Sewee Center at (843) 928-3368.

• Fires are prohibited.

• Hunting is permitted on approximately 16,500 acres of the refuge during open hunting
  seasons and in open hunt areas. Hunters are required to familiarize themselves with
  Federal and State regulations regarding method of hunting, weapons allowed, bag limits, etc.

• Effective February 2010, persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on
  National Wildlife Refuges must comply with all provisions of state and local law.
  Persons may only use (discharge) firearms in accordance with refuge regulations 
 (50 CFR 27.42 and specific refuge regulations in 50 CFR Part 32).

• All natural, historical, and archaeological resources are protected. Artifact hunting
  is not allowed. The use or possession of metal detectors is prohibited.

• Shell collectors are allowed to take one small bag of unoccupied shells. Collection of
  shells for commercial purposes is prohibited.

• Destroying, defacing, damaging, or removing any government structure, sign, or marker 
  is prohibited.

• Pets are not allowed on refuge islands or on the pier at Garris Landing.

• Bicycles are only allowed on the service roads on Bulls Island. Riding bicycles on the
  beach or on designated hiking trails is prohibited.

• Fishing from or into the service area docking facilities on Bulls Island is prohibited.

A listing of refuge-specific regulations can be found in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Code of Federal Regulations, CFR 32.59 South Carolina, Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge.

Cape Romain Hunting Regulations

Bulls Island Tear Sheet