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North Inlet-Winyah Bay Reserve, South Carolina

State

South Carolina

State Partner

Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences, University of South Carolina

Acres

18,916

Est. Date

1992

South Carolina’s North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research  Reserve encompasses 18,916 acres of tidal marshes, oyster reefs, beaches, and open water that support a variety of species, including threatened sea turtles, sturgeon, least terns, and wood storks. The Reserve includes North Inlet, one of the cleanest and most studied estuaries in the world, and a portion of Winyah Bay, the third largest estuary on the East Coast. Reserve science and education activities promotes stewardship of these important estuaries and their watersheds.

Explore the impact of North Inlet-Winyah Bay Reserve in 2019, including their teacher training programs and phytoplankton monitoring network.

Did You Know…

More than 15,000 people visit the Reserve’s Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center each year.

Latest News from the North Inlet-Winyah Bay Reserve

Data Tells Storm Story

Data Tells Storm Story

For a community hit by a hurricane, recovery can be a long, traumatic process that begins with understanding the storm’s impacts, which helps communities to become more resilient in the future.

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Talk NERRdy to Me: Jen Plunket

Talk NERRdy to Me: Jen Plunket

This month, NERRA’s correspondent-at-large Nik Charov checks in with Jen Plunket, stewardship coordinator at the North Inlet-Winyah Bay Reserve, to run through a Swiss Army knife’s array of tools: fish, fyke nets, films, and floods.

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Trading Snow for Pluff Mud

Trading Snow for Pluff Mud

Duane Draper, chair of the Inlet and Bay Stewards, traded New England snow for South Carolina pluff mud. And thanks in part to his volunteering with the North Inlet-Winyah Bay Reserve, he has no regrets.

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North Inlet-Winyah Bay Reserve, South Carolina