# 22 Bushy Park / Foster Creek — Rated: Moderate, 10-12 Miles
Summary: Foster Creek is a pretty tidal creek at the southern end of the Back River section of the Cooper River. It meanders through the Naval Weapons Station in Goose Creek. The banks are restricted access and you are not allowed to go ashore. This is a great trip for taking photos of numerous wading birds. Foster Creek is also a popular fishing area; it produces some nice largemouth bass and bluegills.
Difficulty: Moderate, only due to distance
Distance: 10 -12 miles, round-trip
Time: 5 – 6 hours
Crowds: Light. You’re almost guaranteed a quiet, solitary paddle back in Foster Creek.
Boat Type: Kayaks or canoes 10 feet or longer.
Put In / Take Out: Bushy Park Boat Landing, Bushy Park Road, Goose Creek, SC 29445. GPS: 32.967805, -79.937209 or 32°58’04.1”N, 79°56’14.0”W. There are boats ramps on both sides of the road. You’ll launch from the northwest side.
Current: Negligible, generally south direction
Tidal Influence: Yes, tide is approximately 1.5 hours behind Charleston Harbor tide table
Precautions: Motorized boats go up and down the Back River. Most boaters will slow down and yield to paddlers, but keep a watchful eye.
Water Level: This Blueway paddle trail is approximately 2 hours behind the Charleston tide. This can affect your effort paddling the creek. Charleston Tide Chart, click HERE.
IMPORTANT: Foster Creek goes through the Naval Weapons Station. You can paddle in the creek; however, the banks are RESTRICTED ACCESS! You CANNOT NOT GO ASHORE. There are many signs pointing this out.
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