Paddling The ACE Basin
Paddling a canoe or kayak on one of the ACE Basin’s three primary rivers, and their many assorted tributaries, is probably the best way to observe wildlife within it’s habitat, view the rich scenery of ancient oak and cypress trees as a cool breeze blows wistfully through it’s moss, consider the enormous labor behind the construction of over 100,000 acres of rice fields, and make life long friends here in the Lowcountry.
Canoes and Kayaks each offer their own unique qualities and some are suited better for certain types of paddling then others. Be sure to consult an outfitter for suggestions on equipment, weather, and tide conditions.
Some of the more spectacular wildlife species will vary with the seasons.
During the winter, nesting bald eagles soar over all these areas and on sunny days alligators bask on the banks. In the summer, ospreys fish in the creeks and both Mississippi and swallow-tailed kites glide above the treetops. In spring and summer tropical migrant songbirds sing from forested creek banks.
Some trips begin or end in places without boat ramps, requiring paddlers to “throw-in” or “haul-out” their boats.