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First part is saltwater marsh with many birds, then an area of pines, cypress, tupuleo and palmetto. You should see quite a few alligators both on the banks and in the water. After about 2 hours or so you will see an old rice flood gate on the right bank still in great shape. We saw a lot of gators here. Head over to the left bank eventually, after you see some good sized residential docks on the left you will turn left into Mosquito Creek and up the creek about half a mile is the boat ramp. A big shrimp trawler was moored near there when we were there. You will need to paddle up against the outgoing tide when you get to Mosquito Creek and it's a real strong current; stay to the dock side and try to avoid the deep main channel where the current is strongest. But it's not far up Mosquito Creek to the ramp.
Watch for thunderstorms along the coast, they throw off strong gust front winds that can change the river from glassy smooth to white caps in a couple of minutes and make paddling into the wind (even if you are with the outbound tides) really tough. On the bright side we saw numerous bottle nose dolphins playing in the river as we came downstream.
Although this is flat calm water, I would not recommend it for a novice. There is no where to get out and if you were to upset the boat the shore is very treacherous, marsh grass that drops off quickly and many gator slides. The Ashepoo is the smallest of the ACE Basin rivers, but it's still a formidable tidal river just a few miles from the ocean. If you do catch a gust front from a nearby coastal thunderstorm (we did although we never got rained on) the onshore winds can be really tough and could upset or exhaust an inexperienced paddler or blow the boats up into the marsh grasses.
We had fun and saw of lot of "real" SC; but we could have done without the last hour of strong headwinds!
Canoe / Kayak Anchors