West Columbia SCDNR office fully operational, public access remains restricted at our customer service counters until further notice. In the interim, operations at SCDNR offices will continue, with processing for all boat titling and registration and licensing customer requests being handled online, by telephone or via the U.S. mail.

SCDNR Closings and Cancellations


Effective immediately, Executive Order 2020-16 has been rescinded.

Friday afternoon, Gov. McMaster lifted all boating restrictions on beaching and rafting of boats. This means you can now beach or raft your boat on any open sandbars, beaches, islands, etc. This also removes the restriction that requires your vessel to remain underway unless anchoring to fish.

With these boating restrictions being lifted, the coastal SCDNR-managed islands closed as a result of previous boating restrictions have now reopened. Those sanctuary islands historically closed to public access by regulation remain closed.

Law Enforcement will continue their boating patrols to ensure safe operation in accordance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations.

The SCDNR wants everyone to enjoy our waterways, but remember to practice social distancing and avoid congregating in large groups when out on sandbars and shorelines.

As always, SCDNR encourages you to practice responsible recreation.

Additional SCDNR-related cancellations and closures

For up to date information on the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) from State Emergency Management and Public Health officials, visit the websites for the S.C Emergency Management Division (includes live feeds and recordings of Gov. McMaster's press briefings) and the S.C. Department of Health & Environmental Control.

Average forecast as shrimp season opens May 27

White shrimp are one of three commercially important shrimp species in South Carolina, along with brown shrimp and pink shrimp. (Photo: E. Weeks/SCDNR)

Shellfish harvest season to close May 31

Oyster beds

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