Bay Point Shoal Seabird Sanctuary

Property Location

Saint Helena Island, SC 29920

Latitude: 32.255  Longitude:-80.61
County: Beaufort

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.

Property Description

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.