Click here to see map of Ace Basin from Nerr.noaa.gov website.

Harbor Island, part of the 350,000-acre ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve (ACE Basin NERR), created and managed by the Marine Resources Division of S. C., sits on the edge of the biologically rich Saint Helena's Sound. In this habitat, "you will be surrounded by live oaks, slash pines, and cabbage palmettos with a shrub layer of wax myrtle and yaupon holly". Other plant species include sea oats, smooth cordgrass, and wild rice.

The Refuge lies along the Atlantic Flyway - the 'bird highway in the sky.' Numerous waterfowl, shore birds, neotropical songbirds and birds of prey migrate from their nesting grounds to wintering areas throughout eastern North America among them—the American oystercatcher, barred owl, clapper rail, Eastern brown pelican, green-winged teal, least turn, osprey, peregrine falcon, red knot, red-cockaded woodpecker, red-tailed hawk, red-winged blackbird, southern bald eagle, wood duck, and wood stork make their homes in the area. The painted bunting is in abundance here.

Many endangered species such as the peregrine falcon, Canby's dropwort, chaffseed, hawksbill turtle, leatherback turtle, red-cockaded woodpecker, shortnose sturgeon, West Indian manatee, and wood stork live in the ACE Basin. Six, federally-threatened species (i.e. bald eagle, Eastern indigo snake, green turtle, American alligator, loggerhead turtle, and piping plover) have also been observed in the area.

Harbor Island
View of Harbor Island and Hunting Island State Park is located beyond,
Arrow indicates location of our condos available for rent in ACE Basin.
For Reservations, call: 828-779-1055

In addition, 30 species are designated as threatened, endangered, or species of concern by the state of South Carolina exist in the ACE Basin. The ocean is teeming with wildlife - American oysters, blue crabs, fiddler crabs, grass shrimps, hard clams, white shrimps, living sand dollars, horseshoe crabs, and porpoise. (This information was extracted from the website for the National Estuarine Research Reserve.

At certain times of the year, you will share the ocean water with phosphorescent plankton (phosphorescent dinoflagellates) or loggerhead sea turtles. (do not forget to help Save Our Turtles - lights off on the beach at night between May 01 and September 01). A sighting of a leatherback turtle, the largest living turtle species, occurred last year on Hunting Island, the next island over.

If you are interested in fishing - the 1120-foot, former Paradise Pier is now part of Hunting Island State Park, the last island boundary in the ACE Basin chain. Fishermen have tried their luck and caught Atlantic croaker, bay anchovy, black drum, largemouth bass, red drum, shortnose sturgeon, Southern flounder, spot, spotted seatrout, striped bass, and striped mullet.

Speaking of Hunting Island, we would be remiss if we did not mention the historic Hunting Island lighthouse that was in operation until 1933. Originally constructed in 1859 and rebuilt in 1875 after the Civil War, 167 steps and 50 cents will take you to the top for a fabulous view. It is only two miles away.

We offer one and two bedroom oceanfront condos for rent on Harbor Island. The island has a 3 mile long private beach.

Call Renee 828-779-1055



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