South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Bay Point Shoal Seabird Sanctuary
Property LocationSaint Helena Island, SC 29920
Latitude: 32.2586 Longitude:-80.6142
Property Type: Seabird Sanctuaries
Hours of Operation
- Closed one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise.
- No dogs allowed.
- No camping.
At this time, this seabird sanctuary is accessible only as a sand bar during lower tidal periods.
Bay Point Shoal Seabird Sanctuary, located at the mouth of Port Royal Sound in Beaufort County, is near the southern end of Bay Point Island, which lies just north of Hilton Head Island. Presently, Bay Point Shoal is a tidal bar completely covered by water at high tide, but at low tide it is an important resting and foraging area for seabirds and shorebirds. In the past when higher in elevation, Bay Point Shoal supported colonial seabird and shorebird nesting. In the future this seabird sanctuary may grow in elevation and again support nesting. Presently, no dogs are allowed on the island, and no camping is allowed. The sanctuary is closed one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise.