Welcome to the ACE Basin

 

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The Ashepoo, Combahee and South Edisto (ACE) Basin represents one of the largest undeveloped estuaries on the east coast of the USA.

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    The Ashepoo, Combahee and South Edisto (ACE) Basin represents one of the largest undeveloped estuaries on the east coast of the USA.

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    Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, owned by the SCDNR, is managed to provide quality habitat for wintering waterfowl.

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    Although the majority of the ACE Basin's acreage are in private ownership or accessible only by boat, several roadways probe the heart of the basin.

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    Alligator's basking in the sun are a common sight within the ACE Basin.

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    Southeast coast saltwater paddling trail enters the ACE Basin NERR as it passes through waters of St. Helena Sound and the Ashepoo, Edisto, and Combahee (ACE) Rivers.

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    South Carolina's natural resources are essential for economic development and contribute nearly $30 billion and 230,000 jobs to the state's economy.

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    Grove Plantation House, built in 1828, is one of few antebellum mansions in the ACE Basin that survived the Civil War.

The extensive ACE Basin includes thousands of acres of public lands and a variety of outdoor recreational activities. Donnelley WMA, Bear Island WMA, the National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Hollings NWF and several smaller tracts offer visitors many opportunities to enjoy the unique ACE Basin.