Welcome to Banks Lake NWR
Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is located in Lanier County, near Lakeland, GA, as part of a much larger blackwater system. The refuge was established in 1985 for the protection and conservation of this unique environment as well as migratory and resident wildlife. Banks Lake is natural pocosin or sink of ancient geologic origin.
The refuge contains a variety of habitat types including 1,500 acres of marsh, 1,549 acres of cypress swamp, and 1,000 acres of open water.
Facilities at Banks Lake NWR include restrooms, boat ramp, short walking trail, boardwalk and platform, and accessible fishing dock.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued a prospectus for proposals for the Banks Lake Concession Contract. The current contract expires October 31, 2012. For more information see the Public Notice.
Getting There . . .
Banks Lake NWR is located in Lanier County, one mile west of Lakeland, GA, along GA Hwy 122.
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