November 19, 2018

Wassaw Island Beach

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If you like private beaches, Wassaw Island Beach is one of the best on the ICW. Wassaw Island is part of the Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge and is only accessible by boat. There is a ranger station on the island, but that is about it. Turn east at red 86 and travel about 6 miles to Odingsell River or continue up into Wassaw Creek.

To access the beach, you can dinghy to the ranger station and walk the 1/2 mile to the beach, but bring bug spray as the path is usually overgrown and the horseflies can be bothersome while on the path. Once you arrive at the beach, the bugs are not a problem.

A second route is to dinghy around the southern tip of the island to the beach which runs from the southern tip around and up the eastern shore. This can be a rough ride if the seas are kicking up, but is normally doable. Just remember the eight foot tide in deciding where to beach/anchor your dinghy. What can be a narrow strip of sand at high tide becomes a football field at low tide, and it happens amazingly fast! Whichever path you choose, you will be rewarded with 11 miles of isolated sandy beach that on most days will be your private paradise.