Dogs on the Beach

Beach Rules photo--LC Town ordinance defines when and where dogs may be off lead. Note that all rules apply to the beach area below the apparent high water mark. Different rules for May-October and November-April define beach locations and the times of day when (or if) dogs may be off lead. See map. Also, be sure to check the sign at the end of Boardwalk 1.

  • The “green zone” begins approximately 300 yards east of a line extending from the Oyster Catcher Community Center boardwalk (Boardwalk 1) to the Atlantic Ocean and continues northeast for approximately 550 yards. Within this designated area, dogs may be off lead prior to 10:00 am and after 5:00 pm from May 1 until October 31; for the rest of the year dogs may be off lead 24/7. Dogs must remain subject to voice control of the person supervising them at all times.
  • The “red zone” extends from the green zone northeast to Cap’n Sams inlet. Dogs are never allowed to be in this protected area.
  • The “yellow zone” is the rest of our beach, extending southwest from the green zone to include our Atlantic and Edisto River beaches. Between May 1 and October 31, all dogs and domestic animals must be on lead 24/7; for the rest of the year, dogs may be off lead prior to 10:00 am and after 5:00 pm and they must remain subject to voice control of the person supervising them at all times.

Dog excrement must be removed from the beach and disposed of in the trash containers provided at the boardwalks.

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