IOP Public Dock
The Isle of Palms Public Dock is located at the Isle of Palms Marina at 50 41st Avenue. The public dock is open every day from sunrise to sunset.
- Launch a kayak, canoe or paddle board
- Read a book
- Watch the sunset
- Spot dolphins
- Enjoy time with your family and friends!
For your safety and to ensure everyone enjoys this space, please DON’T:
- Have your pet unleashed and leave your pet waste
- Consume alcoholic beverages
Mooring of motorized vessels or watercraft is prohibited.
Community Meditation at the Public Dock
Join this community group and work on guiding each other through a meditation experience to relax, breathe, engage the imagination and be silent for a time, take a break from the busy world around us.
Parking is available at the marina site. The City offers 16 resident only parking spaces located next to the public dock. Golf cart parking is also available on 41st Avenue just before the entrance to the marina. Residents with properly credentialed vehicles can park in the designated resident only parking spaces free of charge. A properly credentialed vehicle is one that has a City issued Resident Parking Permit or a Wild Dunes Resident decal.
IOP Explorer Series for Residents
In partnership with Coastal Expeditions, we have developed a series of itineraries exclusively for Isle of Palms residents. Learn more about the place you call home and how to enjoyably explore it on your own! The outings will depart from the new IOP Public Dock at the Marina.
Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Each outing is limited to 15 participants.
The outings are FREE for Isle of Palms residents. Residents will be expected to show proof of residency or proof of ownership upon arrival. Parking is also FREE for Isle of Palms residents with a parking decal.
NOTE: Reservations require a credit card on file. A $1 charge will be placed on your card to secure your reservation and will be refunded upon completion of the outing.
*Residents who sign up and do not show up for the outing will be charged the cost of the outing ($65). Participants may cancel without penalty at least 48 hours prior to the date of the outing.*
2023 Explorer Series Schedule
For more information and to book your reservation, visit the Coastal Expeditions website.
Important: Dates are subject to change. Please contact Coastal Expeditions for issues with scheduling.
Saturday, June 17 | 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
DOLPHIN EDUCATION & QUEST
We’ll talk about the local Atlantic bottlenose dolphin population that inhabits the area and explain how to protect these year-round visitors. Be on the lookout for the dolphins as we paddle along via kayak!
Friday, June 30 | 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
SEA TURTLE EDUCATION & QUEST
A Coastal Expeditions naturalist will talk about the local turtle population that inhabits the area and explain how to protect these summer nesters.
Friday, July 7 | 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
SUNSET KAYAK ADVENTURE
Learn to safely explore the salt marsh by kayak during the sunset! This 2-hour class combines an ecotour with basic kayak skills development while we watch the sunset over the horizon and learn about our local wildlife.
Saturday, July 15 | 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
AN AFTERNOON IN THE SALT MARSH ESTUARY
A Coastal Expeditions naturalist will talk about the local ecosystem and all the wildlife that inhabits the area as we paddle along in sea kayaks.
Wednesday, August 2 | 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
CREEK SWEEP & CITIZEN SCIENCE SERVICE DAY
Isle of Palms is a beautiful place and it’s our responsibility to keep it that way! Residents will be guided through the estuary on kayaks searching for litter, while also being on the lookout for exciting wildlife encounters.
Sunday, August 20 | 5:45 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.
SUNRISE STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING
Learn to Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) while watching the sunrise over the salt marsh and looking for wildlife. A special way to start the day and it’s a peaceful experience!
Thursday, September 7 | 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
DOLPHIN SUNSET KAYAK ADVENTURE
We’ll talk about the local Atlantic bottlenose dolphin population that inhabits the area and explain how to protect these year-round visitors. Be on the lookout for dolphins as we paddle along and watch the sunset over the horizon.
Friday, September 29 | 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
BIRDING IN THE SALTMARSH
We’ll kayak along the creek talking about the local birds that frequent the area. Pelicans, egrets, herons and more await your arrival! Bring your binoculars for this adventure.