In the Grand Strand , you can enjoy kayaking on the Waccamaw River and Winyah Bay. Some key kayaking and canoeing areas in the Charleston area are Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge , Shem Creek, Isle of Palms , Charleston Harbor, and the Stono River. The best outfitter and tour operator in the area is Coastal Expeditions (843/884-7684, www.coastalexpeditions.com ).
Farther south in the Lowcountry  are the Ashepoo, Combahee, and Edisto blackwater rivers, which combine to form the ACE Basin . Next is Port Royal Sound near Beaufort . A good outfitter and tour operator in this area is Carolina Heritage Outfitters (Hwy. 15, Canadys, S.C., 843/563-5051, www.canoesc.com ).
The Hilton Head/Bluffton area have good kayaking opportunities at Hilton Head ’s Calibogue Creek and Bluffton ’s May River. The best outfitter and tour operator here is Outside Hilton Head (843/686-6996, www.outsidehiltonhead.com ).
Inland, some great kayaking opportunities can be found at many state parks and natural areas, including Congaree National Park  and Woods Bay State Natural Area . You can also kayak or canoe on any of the great manmade reservoirs that dot inland South Carolina, including Lake Jocasee, Lake Hartwell, and Lake Marion .