August 2020

Men Behind the Business: Chris Shoemaker

Author: Special to CH2 | Photographer: M.KAT Photography

Chris Shoemaker
May River Excursions

May River Excursions was started in 2010 with one Carolina skiff doing river tours on the May River and has now expanded to seven boats offering guided fishing trips, water taxis to Hilton Head Island, Palmetto Bluff and Daufuskie. May River Excursions also offers crabbing, shrimping, and eco/historic/dolphin sunset tours along the May River. May River Excursions’ fleet consists of a variety of different boats that can cater to groups of any size or age. Any trip can be customized with almost all trips being private.

The retail store opened on Calhoun Street in 2016 and offers a variety of customized Bluffton apparel and cute souvenirs and gifts. May River Excursions has been a family affair from the beginning.

Captain Chris Shoemaker was born and raised in Bluffton on the May River and started out fishing and shrimping on his father’s shrimp boat. After attending school in Bluffton and graduating from Hilton Head Island High School, he then spent four years in Columbia, South Carolina at The University of South Carolina.
After bouncing around at a few different jobs locally, he decided to pursue his dream of working on the river.

A lifetime spent on the water and 10 years in business, and his passion for the river hasn’t changed.

81 Calhoun St.
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 304-2878

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