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We offer blackwater tours throughout the month in Francis Marion National Forest.  To join a scheduled tour, click here.

If you’d like experience this as a private outing, please call to book.  We can easily arrange for a guide for your group!


The Wambaw Creek Kayak Tour is a Coastal Expeditions guide favorite- and for good reason.  Some of the oldest bald cypresses line the edges of the creek and wildlife like otters, turkeys and white-tail deer are abundant. A tributary of the Santee River, Wambaw Creek is nestled into the Francis Marion National Forest and is the perfect trip for families or small groups.

Bald Cypress and Tupelo shade this creek, creating an intimate setting for sightings of otter, deer, turkeys and myriad of birds like kingfishers, herons and hawks.

The history within this area of the Lowcountry was dominated by rice culture, and our guides will take you back in time as they share stories about the plantation life that shaped the way our ancestors once lived.

Named one of the 14 best places to canoe or kayak on national forests by the National Forest Federation, this is a “don’t miss” excursion.

Things to Know

INCLUDES
Gear (sea kayak, PFD, paddle, etc.), pre-paddle prep/instruction, guide, and tax.

TOUR DURATION
Up to 5 Hours (includes instruction, prep, creekside picnic and on-water time)

ACTIVITY LEVEL
Participants will kayak on a guided expedition down a tidal blackwater creek.  This is an excellent tour for beginning and experienced paddlers.

WHAT TO WEAR
Shoes that will stay on your feet (Tevas-style shoes are best), a hat, and synthetic clothing (it will dry faster than cotton).  During cooler weather, dress in layers.

WHAT TO BRING
Drinking water, sunscreen; Pack a lunch and snacks for our break on a creek bank.

NEED TO CANCEL?
You’ll need to call 48-hours prior to the tour or you will be charged.

Trip Advisor Reviews

I have wanted to do one of these trips for a long time and decided with the beautiful fall weather to give it a go! This is a black water river surrounded by Cypress and Tupalo trees located in the Francis Marion Forest. We meet our guides Saturday morning and headed out with 12 of us. Geoff and Olivia, our guides, were so knowledgable not only of kayaking but of the history of this area, the flora and fauna and the wildlife that lives there. We paddled to an old rice plantation where we stopped for lunch. It was a fun, learning experience that my son and I will remember for a long time. I would highly recommend Coastal Expeditions for any adventure that peaks your interest. They set the bar high and do not disappoint!

Please call 843.884.7684 to book this tour.

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Offering Kayaks and Paddleboards

Take in the stunning beauty of local creeks and waters from one of our kayaks or SUPs. Walk-ups are welcome or call / text to book and we’ll be ready when you are. All gear and instruction provided.

Call or text 843.884.7684 to book.

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Check out our Folly Beach tours.

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