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Boating on the Island

Kiawah is well known for its hidden places and secret spots. It’s part of the charm of being on the island. However, some things aren’t meant to be hidden, like the boating amenities that all members can use as part of their KICA membership.

KICA’s has three launch facilities on the island. The boat and kayak launch facilities are open to all members to use. 

KICA members are invited to launch their boat, kayak or paddleboard at Rhett’s Bluff (102 Rhett’s Bluff Rd). Rhett’s Bluff features two docks, a picnic pavilion, restrooms and parking for vehicles and trailers. Overnight docking or parking is not permitted at any time.


Cinder Creek Pavilion and Dock (36 Blue Heron Pond Rd) features a pavilion for small gatherings and events, restrooms and a dock with a launch platform for paddle sports like kayaks, canoes and paddleboards.

Eagle Point (222 Eagle Point Road) is a boat landing for KICA members. This launch is ideal for small boats, kayaks and paddleboards. A convenient and safe kayak launch was added in late 2023. Vehicle and trailer parking are available.


What You Need to Enjoy These Facilities

Association launch facilities are available to all members. Stop by to enjoy a view of the water, some bonding time with family or a picnic. If you bring guests with you to a member launch, please remain with them. Unaccompanied guests are not permitted at member launches.

To launch your kayak, paddleboard or canoe, simply visit Cinder Creek or Eagle Point, ensure you have all your safety gear (life jackets, sunscreen, etc.), and launch! To launch your boat from a KICA facility, all you need is a daily launch pass or launch decal.

  • Daily launch pass 
    • Cost $15 per day
    • This is charged to the member account and may be purchased in advance of the day you plan to use it.  
    • The pass may be picked up at the Sandcastle.
  • Launch decals for everyday use 
    • Cost $100 per boat with signed contract and copy of marine registration.
    • The contract may be emailed and decals (boat and trailer) picked up at the Sandcastle.

If you don’t have a boat, kayak or paddleboard, don’t worry. You can still experience Kiawah from the water with a trip through Tidal Trails. KICA is exclusively contracted with Tidal Trails for outdoor experiences.