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  • 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 Congaree National Park. Fishing is not allowed from or within 25 feet of any man-made structure, including bridges, boardwalk, and overlooks.


  • Boats propelled by inboard/outboard motors are prohibited.


  • 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.


  • 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.

Last updated: May 16, 2024

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Hopkins, SC 29061


803 776-4396

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