Goose Creek Reservoir
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- Water Launch
- No Fee
- No Camping
The Goose Creek Reservoir is a 600 acre impoundment located in lower Berkeley County. It can be accessed at the John R. Bettis Landing off of Mabeline Road adjacent to the Trident Technical College campus on Rivers Avenue.
Starting from the John R. Bettis Landing you can go south toward the spillway and do an approximately 1.8 mile.loop and return. This area is good for fishing, especially for bluegills and speckled perch (crappie). You can also go north for an out and back of approximately 6.2 miles where you may see an abundance of birds, especially wading birds. A short distance from the landing is an area of trees, which provide nesting for snowy egrets and ibis during season. Small alligators may also be encountered throughout this area.
This is an open body of water with very little protection from the wind, so if high winds are present, inexperienced paddlers may want to reconsider this trip.Directions:
Access Points (mileage and GPS coordinates are approximate and for reference only):
Mile 0 (GPS N 32.8567 W 79.8737) John R. Bettis Landing From Exit 209 on I26 in Charleston, drive east on Ashley Phosphate Road to Rivers Ave. (US 52/US 78). Turn right and at Trident Technical School, left onto Mabelene Road. At the end of Mabelene turn right onto Railroad Ave. and drive about one block and then turn left onto Bettis Boat Ramp Road. The landing is at the end of the road.
Mile 0.9 (GPS N 32.9460 W 80.0277) Narrows.
Mile 2.6 (GPS N 32.9652 W 80.0353) Narrows.
Mile 3.2 (GPS 32.9723 W 80.0371) Turnaround.