Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve/ Wildlife Management Area

Property Location

Botany Bay Rd.
Edisto Island, SC 29438

Latitude: 32.54  Longitude:-80.26
Acreage: 3363
County: Charleston
Game Zone: 3


Property Type: Heritage Preserve / WMA Other

Hours of Operation

This property remains closed to general public visitation due to damage from Hurricane Irma until Sunday September 24.

Archery deer hunts scheduled to begin on Friday, September 15 will take place as scheduled. However, archery hunters can expect vehicle access to be very limited due to poor road conditions. Access to the shed and kiosk will be available. Please observe all posted signs and barricades.

As of July 15, 2017, access to Botany Bay's beach has reopened. Due to severe erosion from Hurricane Matthew, conditions at the beach have changed dramatically and visitors will need to exercise extreme caution at all times. The entire beach at Botany Bay is now inaccessible for several hours on either side of high tide. During this time, waves reach up to the tree line, blocking access to the beach.

Property Closures:
Closed on Tuesdays

This property is also closed for the following dates in 2017 for hunting:

  • September 2 (Dove Hunt)
  • September 9 (Dove Hunt)
  • September 15 - October 10 (Archery Deer Hunt)
  • October 14 (Dove Hunt)
  • October 16 - 18 (Gun Deer Hunt)
  • October 23 - 25 (Gun Deer Hunt)
  • November 6-8 (Gun Deer Hunt)
  • November 11 (Dove Hunt)
  • November 13 - 15 (Gun Deer Hunt)
  • November 20-25 (Archery Deer Hunt)
  • December 4-6 (Gun Deer Hunt)
  • December 11 - 13 (Gun Deer Hunt)
  • December 25 - 30 (Archery Deer Hunt)
Property Regulations (Adobe PDF)

The area is open for general public visitation during daylight hours (1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset. The area is closed on Tuesdays and for scheduled special hunts. See Calendar of Events and Closures below for specific dates.

All visitors are required to obtain a day use pass at the kiosk located at the main gate off of Botany Bay Road. Fig Island is closed to all public access. Jason's Lake is open for adult-youth catch and release fishing Friday-Sunday. For more information contact 843-869-2713. NO HORSES OR DOGS ALLOWED ON THE BEACH OR THE CAUSEWAY TO THE BEACH.

NO Alcohol allowed

NO metal detectors

NO DRONES ALLOWED


Activities / Facilities

Biking Driving Equestrian Fishing Hunting Nature Viewing Hiking Canoes

Property Owner Information

South Carolina Budget and Control Board    

http://www.bcb.sc.gov

'South Carolina Budget and Control Board' is the property Owner and has a cooperative partnership with SCDNR to manage this property.

Property Description

Photograph of Botany Bay Plantation WMA

The 3,363 acre Botany Bay Plantation Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is located adjacent to the waters of the Atlantic Ocean in the northeast corner of Edisto Island in lower Charleston County, South Carolina. The area lies near the North Edisto River just south of the intensely developed resort islands of Kiawah and Seabrook and just north of the rapidly developing Edisto Beach area. The SC Department of Natural Resources acquired this property and opened it to the public in 2008.

The area's location near the North Edisto River places it within the boundary of the ACE Basin Focus Area, one of the largest remaining relatively undeveloped wetland ecosystems along the Atlantic Coast. Botany Bay Plantation WMA with Botany Bay Island (under conservation easement with The Nature Conservancy) and Deveaux Bank form a core area of protected habitat in the eastern corner of the Focus Area.

The biological features of Botany Bay Plantation WMA are characteristic of Sea Islands along the lower Southeast coast. The undeveloped coastal habitats of the management area are important to numerous wildlife species. The beach is utilized for nesting by the federally-threatened loggerhead sea turtle and the state-threatened least tern. The maritime forest and coastal scrub/shrub areas provide nesting and foraging habitat for neotropical songbirds including painted buntings and summer tanagers. The uplands support a wide diversity of wildlife. The tidal marshes and managed wetlands contain a variety of fish and shellfish resources and provide foraging habitat for numerous wildlife species.

The cultural resources on Botany Bay Plantation WMA are extremely significant. Cultural resource sites dating from as early as the Late Archaic Period through the 19th century are present. Several sites including the Fig Island Shell Rings, outbuildings from Bleak Hall Plantation and elements of the Alexander Bache U.S. Coast Survey Line are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The causeway to the beach is wheel chair accessible. The designated driving tour provides excellent viewing opportunities for the mobility impaired. Please note that due to the fragile nature of the road system through the property, only 15 passenger vans and smaller are allowed to tour the property.