1. This is Dewees – An Introduction to Dewees Island, SC.

2. Dewees Transportation — getting to, from, and around Dewees.

3. Packing for a trip to Dewees.

4. Summer on Dewees. Aerials of fun on the island:

5. A day on Dewees.

6. Walking with the Dewees Island Turtle Team:

7. Loggerhead Turtles make their way to the ocean:

8. Waking up with the Gators:

9. Protecting Dewees’s Shorebirds

This is an educational video for Dewees Island, South Carolina. If we all work together, we can keep our island clean and free of trash. This video tells you about the various garbage systems: recycling, solar cones (composting) fishing line, fishing scraps, etc.

Click to View about Garbage and Recycling on Dewees
Click to View Video about Garbage and Recycling on Dewees

6.  Alligators:

This educational video explains the Dewees Island philosophy of living in harmony with nature as it pertains to one of our most visible predators: the American Alligator. Learn about crabbing and fishing guidelines which can help keep people and alligators safe.

Alligators: Living with a top predator
Alligators: Living with a top predator

7.  Fishing

Fishing on Dewees can be very rewarding. We serve as stewards of the island environment and practice our “tread lightly” philosophy, taking only what we need for the next meal and using “catch and release” techniques.

Fishing on Dewees Island

8. Turtle Team: Only those permitted by SCDNR can probe for and relocate nests, but everybody can volunteer to help look for tracks on the beach. This video shows you what the tracks look like and what else to look for on the beach, and gives you an idea of what field signs to take note of.


Please contact Judy Fairchild if you would like to be a volunteer walker for our island Turtle Team.


If you find turtle tracks that have not been crossed out, please call Judy or Lori

Click to view video
Click to view video

9.  Crabbing

This educational video has some crabbing basics and some guidelines specific to Dewees Island. Learn about alligator safety, crab dock etiquette, preferred bait, and South Carolina harvest limits. We take only enough for one meal so that we can continue to harvest crabs for years to come.

Click Image to Watch Dewees Island Crabbing Video Click Image to Watch Dewees Island Crabbing Video

10. Dancing with Dolphins (as seen on the Dewees Ferry)

Judy worked with ferry Deckhand Dillon Smith to create the following video. It shows dolphins frolicking in the Dewees Ferries’s bow and stern wakes. We love when the dolphin rolls on her side to look at us.

Dancing with Dolphins
Dancing with Dolphins


11. Check out the new Nature Center at the Landings Building — that’s the first building you see when you arrive at the Ferry Dock. This video by Judy Drew Fairchild gives you a taste of the New Nature Center. The new Center officially opened on the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend 2009.

Click to view video of new nature center
Click to view video of new nature center


B) Dewees Oral History Interview with the McIntyres

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Beverly Emerson

    Yes, I was reading about tun shells when I came across the comment of one found on Dewees Island, as I have been reading about your island, I understand that it is only for residents who live there, so this is not an island to come visit and collect seashells while on vacation, correct?

    Thank you so much for your time,
    Beverly Emerson

    PS the tuns look awesome, 🙂

  2. reggiefairchild

    Dewees Island is ferry access only barrier island off the coast of Charleston, SC. It’s private, but you can rent houses. In fact, check out my beach vacation rental house website: DeweesRentals.com.

    The island is basically a nature preserve with 65+ houses on it. The island has a policy that says you should only take 3 shells per day of the beach. That way you focus on finding the very best shells. You also leave behind lots of good shells for other people to find, creatures to live in, and to break up and replenish the beach.

    There’s lots of great stuff to do. Come check it out.

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