Conservation // 2 min Read

Water Way

Written by Palmetto Bluff

Aug 22, 2023

Palmetto Bluff is an ecological wonderland, with its maritime forest and tidal rivers, its salt marsh and abundant wildlife. But perhaps one of the most unique features of this wedge of Lowcountry is the impressive inland waterway that wends through the landscape. This extensive lagoon system creates significant habitat for a variety of species—reptiles and amphibians, wading birds and migratory fowl. It also provides a unique lifestyle for Palmetto Bluff members. The Wilson Landing Boat Club boasts an impressive fleet of freshwater fishing boats, fringe-top Duffy boats, and Vision Marine outboards. The opportunities are endless. Fishermen will find the nooks and crannies of the waterway abundant with bass. Wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy the two-hour six-mile out-and-back tour with guides spotting alligators, turtles, and unique birdlife. Many members living on the waterway take their own Duffy boats for sunset cocktail cruises, stopping over at a neighbor’s home for happy hour or dinner. 

As Palmetto Bluff grows, so will the inland waterway. Nearly tripling in length, the waterway will eventually connect Anson Village and a variety of amenities. The new nine-hole golf course will run adjacent to the waterway, and members will be able to dock and walk onto the course. The expansion will mean a significant increase in recreational opportunities like fishing, dockside dining, and wildlife tours. But in a larger sense, the waterway will be a way for residents to connect to the landscape and the community. 

The Miranda

The Miranda is a 2002 Hinckley Picnic Boat. At thirty-six feet, the boat is an open-air express yacht, perfect for cruising and entertaining. However, the Miranda can only be reserved for trips on the May River and does not venture into the island waterway. Named after the great-grandmother of Palmetto Bluff member Joe Bracken, the Miranda remains an important part of Palmetto Bluff culture and history.  

The Duffy Boats

A fringe-top Duffy cruising the inland waterway is a ubiquitous sight at Palmetto Bluff. These electric vessels are quiet and perfect for meandering the shoreline. With a maximum capacity of eight to ten people, members often reserve Duffy boats for small parties and guests. 

Navigating the Waterways

Members are welcome to pilot the freshwater boats on their own, but they also have the option of reserving a guide. Currently, the waterway twists and turns through the landscape, a simple three-mile out and back cruise. 

Rare Birdlife

The inland waterway follows Palmetto Bluff’s ancient dune ridges and serves as an important habitat for wildlife. Acting as a series of lagoons, the waterway hosts all manner of wading birds. As you cruise along the shore, keep an eye out for Wood Storks, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Black-crowned Night Herons, and even the bright pink plumage of a Spoonbill! Turtles and alligators often sun on the shore while white tail deer, raccoon, and mink visit the water’s edge to drink. 

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