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Kiawah Island is an untouched oasis and a place for those seeking adventure.
Kiawah Island boasts 10 miles of pristine beach and is comprised of two areas commonly referred to as East Beach and West Beach. Behind the gate, many private beach accesses are available to property owners, their guests, and renters. Beachwalker County Park is the only public beach access on the island and is located on the west end (West Beach) of Kiawah Island. The park is operated by Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission. Lifeguards are on duty seasonally along a beachfront designated swimming area.
Dogs are allowed on the beach year round, however, there are rules and regulations regarding four-legged friends. (*Kiawah is a private gated community with the only public beach access through Beachwalker Park on Beachwalker Drive.)
Pets must be leashed at all times when they are outside unless they are in an enclosed area (pen, fence, etc.). The only exception to this rule is on the beach where there is a designated year-round dog off leash area and seasonal leash restrictions for the remainder of the beach. Leash ordinances are enforced by Beach Patrol and/or Town Code Enforcement officers who are authorized to ticket offenders including fines up to $465. Anyone experiencing problems regarding noncompliance should notify the Town immediately. Beach incidents should be reported to Beach Patrol at 843-518-2880. Off beach incidents should be reported to Code Enforcement at 843-768-9166.
Areas defined below:
- Critical Habitat Area: Dogs are prohibited year-round in critical habitat areas located on each end of the island.
- Dog Use Area: Between the eastern boundary of the Beach Club and the Ocean Course Clubhouse allows dogs off leash under control year-round from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pets must be leashed in this area from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Electronic leashes are prohibited. Owners must remain with their pet, have the pet under control, and have in their possession a leash in the event that there is a need to leash their pet, or if requested by other beachgoers or by Beach Patrol. Electronic leashes are prohibited.
- Remainder of the Beach (Seasonal):
March 16 – October 31 – Pets must be leashed at all times.
November 1 – March 15 – Pets are allowed to be off leash from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. everywhere on the beach except in the critical habitat area. Pets must be leashed from 7 p.m. – 7 a.m. Owners must remain with their pet, have the pet under control, and have in their possession a leash in the event that there is a need to leash their pet, or if requested by other beachgoers or by Beach Patrol. Electronic leashes are prohibited.
Click here for the island’s rules and regulations. Ordinances are enforced by the Town of Kiawah Island Beach Patrol. Contact Beach Patrol at 843-518-2880 or firstname.lastname@example.org For more information on our Beach Patrol’s COVID-19 procedures visit our COVID-19 resource center.