Enjoy the natural beauty of Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge!
The harvest of surplus animals is a tool used to manage wildlife populations. Managed hunts maintain wildlife populations at a level compatible with the environment and provide recreational opportunities.
Two annual, 6-day archery hunts for white-tailed deer are offered at Bulls Island, with each scheduled hunt beginning the first Monday of November and December. Refuge rail hunts are the same as the State season. For hunting regulations, view the Hunt Brochure.
Fish the saltwater bays and creeks found within the refuge and surf fish off of the beaches. Catch spottail bass, spotted seatrout, flounder, sheepshead and black drum year-round. Go shrimping and crabbing and harvest oysters and clams when in season, typically September through May. You may also fish and crab on the Garris Landing pier. All activities are allowed in accordance with State regulations.
In the late spring, the Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center hosts a youth fishing rodeo for children of all ages at Sewee Pond. Prizes and fish art T-shirts highlight this event. Contact the Sewee Center at (843) 928-3368 for information.
South Carolina Fishing License purchase information.
With over 293 species of birds recorded on the refuge, birdwatching opportunities are excellent year-round (view our Bird Checklist). During spring and fall, migratory shorebirds, songbirds and raptors move through the refuge. Summer is a busy time for seabirds and songbirds as they nest on the beaches and in the maritime forest. Waterfowl overwinter in the impoundments on Bulls Island. Also in winter, the largest wintering populations of American oystercatchers and marbled godwits along the Atlantic coast are on the refuge.
Other wildlife you may encounter on Bulls Island include the black fox squirrel, white-tailed deer, alligator, and other reptiles.
Cape Romain offers several interpretive tours and events throughout the year including the Historic Lighthouse Tour (view our Lighthouse Brochure) and the annual Bulls Bay Nature Festival. For more information about upcoming tours and events, view our Calendar.
The Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center regularly schedules environmental education and interpretive programs. The Sewee Center is jointly operated by Cape Romain Refuge and Francis Marion National Forest. Learn More about the Sewee Center…
Also, Coastal Expeditions, the contracted concession for the refuge, conducts guided interpretive tours on Bulls Island.
With its beautiful vistas and diversity of wildlife, the refuge offers endless opportunities for nature photography. The most photographed location in Cape Romain is “Boneyard Beach” on Bulls Island, where fallen and sun-bleached oaks and cedars create an eerie beauty alongside the gentle surf.
Two hiking trails are located on Bulls Island. The forested one-mile Middens Trail passes the remains of Native American shell mounds. The two-mile Turkey Walk Trail, designated a National Recreation Trail, meanders through forest, along salt marsh, and over dikes separating freshwater impoundments. A wildlife viewing platform is located at one of the impoundments. In addition, 16 miles of roads are open for hiking and biking. Bicycles are not allowed on the hiking trails or beach.
Shelling and Beach Combing
Stroll along the beach and search for nature's treasures! Cape Romain's beaches offer excellent shelling for sanddollar, whelk, olive, angelwing, and many other shells. You may collect one small bag of unoccupied shells.
Page Photo Credits Birding on Bulls Island, Photo Credit: M. Eliese Ronke, Bulls Island Archery Hunt, Photo Credit: Tricia Midgett
, Eco-tour on Bulls Island, Photo Credit: USFWS
, Shelling on Bulls Island, Photo Credit: USFWS
, Viewing Wildlife at Bulls Island, Photo Credit: M. Eliese Ronke
, Students Headed to Bulls Island, Photo Credit: M. Eliese Ronke
, Fishing near Lighthouse Island, Photo Credit: George Gallagher
, Bulls Island Trail, Photo Credit: Olga Cabellero
, Bulls Island Beach Sunrise, Photo Credit: Weatherly Meadors
Last Updated: Jan 30, 2017