Visiting Fort Sumter by Private Boat
Fort Sumter by Private Boat
Fort Sumter is at the entrance of Charleston Harbor and is only accessible by boat. Those visiting by personal vessels (sailboats, kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, motorboats etc.) should be aware of safety conerns at Fort Sumter. Tides at Fort Sumter and in Charleston Harbor change dramatically throughout the day. Make sure to be aware of tidal changes the day of visitation. Visitors using their own boats should beach or anchor their vessel on the western side of Fort Sumter, between the fort and James Island. Please review the safety rules and regulations before visiting Fort Sumter, as well as, pet policies.
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The National Park Service strongly discourages anyone from tying up to the pier due to safety concerns mentioned above. Private boaters may not tie off to ladders, pillars or handrails, cannot use lines that are already attached to the pier (these are for the authorized tour boat and NPS operations), may not leave access gate to ladders open as this is a safety issue for all visitors to Fort Sumter. Again, plan to beach or anchor vessels on the western side of the fort.
Fort Sumter National Monument does not permit Charter Boats to operate at Fort Sumter.
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Last updated: April 1, 2016