Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge
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Fishing At Carolina Sandhills NWR

Fishing at the refuge. Credit: USFWS

Fishing at the refuge. Credit: USFWS

Sport fishing on Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge is permitted on approximately 310 acres of water designated on the map below. All fishing shall be in accordance with all applicable state regulations and Refuge conditions. The regulations and conditions, as well as boating information and a map of open fishing areas, can be downloaded at the link below:

Refuge Fishing Map

Please note the following:

-A South Carolina fishing license is required.

-All fishing is prohibited in Martins Lake.

-Oxpen Lake is for adult-youth fishing only. A youth (under 16 years of age) must be actively fishing and accompanied by no more than two adult at least 18 years of age. Adults are not allowed to fish unless accompanied by a youth.

-Only boats with electric motors are permitted; gas motors are prohibited.

-Swimming and wading are prohibited.

-Visitors are permitted on the Refuge from one hour before sunrise until one hour after sunset.

Fishing map.


Annual Youth Fishing Derby

Each year, the Friends of Carolina Sandhills NWR, a group of citizens dedicated to supporting the Refuge, hosts Carolina Sandhills NWR’s Annual Youth Fishing Derby. The Derby takes place in early June, and registration typically opens in May. The Derby is free and open to all youth ages 15 and younger. No fishing licenses are required. Participants are encouraged to supply their own equipment, bait and limited numbers of rods, reels, and stringers are typically available for loan. The Refuge ensures that volunteers are on hand to assist the participants, and following the event, participants and their families are invited to a celebratory cookout and prize raffle. Overall, the event serves as a fantastic means by which the Refuge connects to surrounding communities and encourages youth to be active outdoors.

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Last updated: July 20, 2012