• Bald Cypress and Water Tupelo along Cedar Creek

    Congaree

    National Park South Carolina

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Fishing

yellow perch swimming

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REGULATIONS

  • Fishing is allowed within Congaree National Park with a valid South Carolina fishing license. All South Carolina laws pertaining to licensing, size, and creel limits apply.
  • Violation of the below fishing regulations could result in fines and/or seizure of fishing equipment.

Fishing Areas

  • Fishing is permitted in all areas of the park except for the Weston Lake overlook and an area of 100 ft. around the overlook.

Watercraft

  • Boats propelled by inboard/outboard motors are prohibited.

Bait

  • To avoid introducing new, nonnative and/or potentially diseased, species to the ecosystem, please do not use minnows, amphibians or fish eggs as bait.
  • To preserve this natural environment for future generations, drugs, poisons, explosives, electrical devices or similar means in order to take or attract game and/or non-game fish are NOT allowed.
  • To ensure the natural condition of the park, do not dig for bait or chum for fish.
  • Game fish may be used to catch game fish but must be included in South Carolina regulated daily bag limit.

Equipment

  • Fish only with closely attended hook and line, fly rod, casting rod, pole and line or hand line.

General Rules

  • To preserve the quantity and biodiversity of the fish population, only recreational fishing is allowed. Catch and release sportsmanship is encouraged.
  • Please return illegal or unwanted fish carefully and immediately to the water.
  • Help maintain the natural beauty and health of the park by refraining from littering.

Did You Know?

Visitors on a Ranger-guided tour

During the last 20 years, visitors from over 100 different nations have signed the guest register at the park