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ACE Basin (Coastal)

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ACE Basin (Coastal)

The Ashepoo, Combahee and Edisto (ACE) Basin represents one of the largest undeveloped estuaries on the east coast of the United States. The ACE Basin consists of approximately 1.1 million acres of diverse habitats including pine and hardwood uplands, forested wetlands, fresh, brackish and salt water tidal marshes, barrier islands and beaches. The basin's large estuarine system provides invaluable habitat for a rich diversity of finfish and shellfish resources. The basin hosts a wealth of wildlife resources, including such endangered and threatened species as bald eagles, woodstorks, ospreys, loggerhead sea turtles and shortnose sturgeon, and offers a variety of recreational uses.

Paddling a canoe or kayak on one of the ACE Basin’s rivers and assorted tributaries offers one of the best ways to observe wildlife,and the area’s abundant natural beauty and cultural heritage.

Links to more information: ACE Basin and ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Suggested Trips (2)

Featured trips for this waterway showing difficulty (circles) and current runnability status (squares). .

Pine Island in the ACE Basin (Credit: Tanner Arrington)
Sunset on Big Bay Creek, Edisto Island (Credit: Tanner Arrington)
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Under normal conditions, allow a minimum of two-miles per hour paddling time.
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