Life on the Water
There’s never been a better time to pick up paddleboarding. With an array of health benefits and some incredible views, paddling in and around the Coastal South is becoming extremely popular and certainly rewarding. Join us as Ben Fontenot, Sea Kayak Instructor at Savannah Canoe and Kayak, as he shares his top five favorite paddling destinations. If you’re interested in exploring the waterways in and around Savannah, then paddling might just be your newest hobby.
1. Little Tybee at Low Tide
Little Tybee is a great place to paddle, especially if you paddle out to Myrtle Hammock. Myrtle Hammock (sometimes referred to as Myrtle Island) is a beautiful driftwood beach that offers protected and calm waters. The area has plenty of sandbars and tide pools to explore, as well as a plethora of wildlife. Myrtle Hammock is a completely undeveloped barrier island and it doesn’t require a permit to visit. It’s completely open to the public, so long as you have a paddleboard, kayak, or boat the get there. It’s even a great place to camp.
2. Tybee and Little Tybee Sandbars
When people think about Savannah, they don’t typically think about surfing. However, between Tybee and Little Tybee, there are sandbars that are great for catching waves. While one can surf on a paddleboard, a kayak is best for this adventure. Unlike the previous destination, this trip should only be made by more experienced paddlers as even these waves can get pretty rough. That being said, it is also a great place to learn about sea kayaking and surfing.
3. Ebenezer Creek
Ebenezer Creek is perfect for beginning paddlers to experience because the water is easy, but the scenery is breathtaking. This wonderful, slow-moving, black water creek is a tributary to the Savannah River. Paddlers can launch at the Tommy Longboat ramp, which is free to park at and open to the public. Depending on the water level, Ebenezer Creek can become a more swamplike destination as you paddle through the old grove and cypress trees. Be sure to be on the look out for alligators and turtles on your adventures.
4. Skidaway Narrows at High Tide
Paddling through and around this historic part of Savannah is sure to be rewarding. The protected waters make it easier for beginners and make it a great place to see dolphins. This pure marsh paddling destination is perfect to see a myriad of shorebirds and other wildlife. TIP: Be sure to go at high tide; at low tide, the area becomes muddy, restricting, and difficult to navigate.
5. Cockspur Lighthouse at Low Tide
Launching from Lazaretto Creek, this historic paddling destination is easy to get to as long as the weather and tide are just right. Venture down to the Cockspur Lighthouse, which is built on a small island of oyster shells and marsh grass. The Marina at Tybee and dolphin spotting make it picturesque and a unique background for a photo shoot.