The Palmetto Dunes Lagoon System is the second largest manmade lagoon system in the U.S. and was created back in the 1960’s. Made of saltwater, the lagoon is 11 miles long and winds through three golf courses, neighborhoods and a hardwood maritime forest.
Most of the lagoon is shrouded by a canopy of trees, creating a rain forest feel. Only battery powered vehicles are allowed, so it’s wonderfully peaceful and quiet, making a great home for a variety of wildlife.
Forty species of birds and schools of red fish, sea trout, flounder, black drum and tarpon call the lagoon home. It’s some of the best fishing in the country with fish up to 50 pounds caught here. Otters also make their way through the waters and you may even occasionally run into the American alligator, though they’re not big fans of saltwater.
Because floodgates control the pace of the tides, the water level is constant. There no currents and the forest protects you from the wind, so it makes for an ideal place to kayak, canoe or paddle board.
Here at Hilton Head Outfitters, we’re located right on the lagoon and we can set you up with everything you need to enjoy a day out. We offer fishing gear, paddle boards, canoes and kayaks as well as lessons in how to do all these activities.
Here’s a great video featuring our resident expert in the lagoon, Byron Sewell.