Heron in marsh.
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Important Information

Cell phone service is not reliable and should not be depended on for rescues.

In an emergency, stay with your boat. Boats are easiest for rescue crews to spot.

Look and listen for local power skiffs moving through the marshes.

Crabbing boats can change course frequently. Keep a respectful and safe distance from crab boats.

Do not pull up crab pots.

Respect nesting birds and do not approach them closely or surround them. Do not make sounds to cause the birds to unnecessarily take flight. The birds are one of the treats of Smith Island and we want to keep them!

If you depart the marked trails, be aware that you can easily become stuck in shallow areas.

Should you become stuck in shallow waters, remain in your boat and try shifting your weight carefully while using your paddle to push off. If you must walk, watch out for soft footing.

The marsh often appears deceivingly safe to cross by foot. Trying to do so is not recommended. If you become entrapped in marsh mud, lie on your back, using your elbows and hands to work your way backward to solid footing.

Waterfowl hunting occurs during the fall and winter in the marshes. Avoid duck blinds with a skiff or decoys nearby. Wear bright colors when paddling in these seasons.

Stinging sea nettles (jellyfish) may be in the water throughout the summer months.

Restrooms are available in Ewell at the Heritage Center and nearby restaurants and in Tylerton in the Drum Point Market and the church basement.