Mount Pleasant Pier Rules

The Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission has Agency Rules and Regulations (PDF) that establish uniform procedures for the administration of activities within all parks and facilities. In addition to the established agency rules, the rules set forth below also govern the Mount Pleasant Pier.  

Charleston County Parks are family-friendly facilities, and we expect all guests to behave accordingly. By participating in or utilizing park programs and facilities the user agrees to abide by all payment schedules, park and program rules and guidelines, and agrees all others participating will also abide by such rules. Usage is subject to compliance with all laws and facility rules and the user consents to reasonable examinations and searches to ensure compliance. Failure to comply with the law or facility rules may result in refusal of admission or expulsion.

Uneven surfaces, potentially hazardous wildlife, and weather extremes are part of the natural environment. Be prepared and stay aware.

  1. Stay near your children and watch them carefully.
  2. No alcoholic beverages allowed, except those purchased from the Riverwatch Café and select special events.
  3. Smoking, vaping or tobacco use is prohibited at Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission owned and operated facilities, programs and events (to be implemented during the winter of 2024).
  4. Fireworks, drones, and other dangerous projectiles are prohibited.
  5. Firearms are not allowed inside of buildings on park property. Permit holders are allowed to carry outdoors on park property. 
  6. Pets, other than service animals, are not permitted on the pier.  For their safety, pets may not be left in vehicles.  
  7. Profanity or disruptive behavior, including jumping from pier and standing on pier railings, are prohibited. 
  8. Swimming under and around pier is prohibited.
  9. Amplified sound and music must be kept at low volume and free of explicit lyrics.
  10. Bicycles are permitted when ridden safely among pier traffic.  No inline skates, skateboards, scooters, or similar devices allowed. 
  11. Do not feed, harass, destroy or remove plants, animals, or artifacts.
  12. No grills or open fires allowed.
  13. Use of confetti, glitter, and water balloons and the release of balloons is prohibited.
  14. Park in designated areas only. Motorized vehicles permitted on designated roadways.
  15. All Memorial Waterfront Park and Town of Mount Pleasant rules and ordinances also apply. 
  16. Activities involving sales or solicitation require written approval from park management.
  17. Access may be restricted due to special events, land management projects, or park maintenance.


Local law enforcement and South Carolina Department of Natural Resources have jurisdiction at this facility.

Please lock your vehicle and remove valuables from view. CCPRC is not responsible for any lost, damaged, or stolen property.

Park fees, operating schedules, and hours are subject to change without notice.

General Fishing Rules

  1. Valid daily fishing pass must be purchased from the Riverwatch Café and be visible at all times.
  2. Fishing may be done by rod and reel or with a cast net for bait.  All other forms of fishing are prohibited.  Rods must be supervised and fished from one area or rod holder.  Limit of 2 fishing rods per person.
  3. Crabbing permitted with 2 lines or small traps per person.  Commercial crab traps are prohibited.
  4. Do not leave your cooler or equipment in another fishing station.
  5. Inhumane handling of wildlife will not be tolerated.
  6. Release all fish or rays if they are not to be consumed.
  7. All size and catch limits must be followed per SCDNR regulations.
  8. Shark fishing is prohibited. Any sharks caught accidentally must be released.

Bottom Fishing Tackle Size Limits

  1. Hooks must be size 4/0 or smaller.
  2. Whole bait must be the size of finger mullet or smaller.
  3. Cut bait must be smaller than 2 in. x 2 in. x 2 in.


  1. Landing nets are to be used only for landing a catch.
  2. Do not use landing nets for crabbing.
  3. Sharks are not allowed in landing nets. 
  4. Return landing nets to designated spot when finished.
  5. Cast nets may be used in areas that do not disrupt others fishing.

Tournament Rules

  1. All size and catch limits must be followed per SCDNR regulations.
  2. Catches must be of a species with scales - sharks and rays are not eligible.
  3. In order to be eligible, catches must be caught after paying tournament fees.
  4. Catches must be weighed in before the end of the tournament.
  5. To be considered, catches must be reeled in by the angler with minimal assistance from others.
  6. Anglers are eligible for one category only.
  7. In case of a tie, the winner is whomever first weighed in their fish.