South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Bay Point Shoal Seabird Sanctuary
Property LocationSaint Helena Island, SC 29920
Latitude: 32.255 Longitude:-80.61
Property Type: Seabird Sanctuaries
Hours of Operation
At this time, this seabird sanctuary is accessible only as a sand bar during lower tidal periods.
Closed one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise.
Property Owner Information
|South Carolina Budget and Control Board|
'South Carolina Budget and Control Board' is the property Owner and has a cooperative partnership with SCDNR to manage this property.
Bay Point Shoal Seabird Sanctuary is a sand spit formed by deposits from associated river systems. It shifts in position and structure due to erosion and deposition of sand. Presently it is a tidal bar and is underwater at high tide. Because it is covered by water at high tide, this sanctuary does not presently support waterbird nesting. It was designated a seabird sanctuary because in the past it was higher in elevation and supported colonial seabird and shorebird nesting. This sanctuary may, in the future, grow in elevation and again support colonial waterbird nesting. It remains important as a rest and foraging area for birds.