Public boat landings in Charleston, SC

Limehouse Boat Landing | Photo via @blakealanphotography

When the sun’s out there’s one thing on Charlestonian minds: boating. ⚓

But, what happens when you have a boat — or a friend with a boat — and don’t know where to set sail? We took to Reddit + our social feeds to find out where the best free, public boat ramps are that will help your outings start off with smooth sailing. 🚤

Remleys Point Public Boat Landing, 112 2nd St., Mount Pleasant

  • At the western end of 5th Ave. in Remleys Point neighborhood
  • Open 24/7
  • Access to the Charleston Harbor

W. O. Thomas, Jr. Boat Landing, 4354 Bridge View Dr., North Charleston

  • Take I-526 to Leeds Ave. Exit + go southeast on Leeds Ave. a short distance, then turn right onto Bridge View Dr. and drive until it ends at the boat landing.
  • Open 24/7
  • Picnic areas
  • Access to the Ashley River

Limehouse Landing, 495 Main Rd., Johns Island

  • At the base of the Limehouse Bridge
  • Open 24/7
  • Access to the Stono River

Pierpont Public Boat Landing, Cedar Ln.

  • At the end of Cedar Ln. off Ashley River Rd.
  • Open during daylight hours
  • Access to a creek + the Ashley River

Herbert H. Jessen Public Boat Landing, 4850 Ladson Rd., Summerville 

  • Take I-26 to exit 203 + go southwest on College Park Rd. for about a mile. Turn right and go southwest on Ladson Rd. for about five miles until it ends at the boat landing.
  • Parks, walking trails + picnic areas
  • Open daily from 6 a.m.–10 p.m.
  • Access to the Ashley River

Paradise Island Public Boat Landing, Chandler Rd., Awendaw

  • At the end of Chandler Rd. off Hwy. 17
  • Open 24/7
  • Good for smaller watercraft like kayaks 
  • Access to the Wando River

Bettis Boat Landing, Bettis Boat Landing Rd, Hanahan

  • Directly off Railroad Ave. — drive about one block then turn left onto Bettis Boat Ramp Rd. until it ends at the boat landing.
  • Open
  • Access to the Goose Creek Reservoir 

Toogoodoo Landing, 4528 Parishville Rd., Yonges Island

  • Take US 17 S + turn left onto 162. Take Parishville Rd. until it ends at the boat landing.
  • Take US
  • Open 24/7
  • Access to Toogoodoo Creek

For more public landings, check out Charleston County Parks’ list here. 🚤