Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
Southeast Region

Reservations for Overnight Canoeing

Reservation Hotline - 912-496-3331
Monday thru Friday 7:00am EST - 10:00am EST excluding federal holidays

Camping overnight in the Okefenokee NWR is allowed only with a permit, which is issued through the refuge office near Folkston, GA. Reservations can be made only up to two months to the day your trip begins. To make a reservation, call (912) 496-3331 between 7 am and 10 am, Monday through Friday (excluding federal holidays). Reservations can be made only by phone; no walk-in registrations will be accepted. Groups are limited to 20 people. During the months of March and April, no permits longer than 2 nights will be issued.

After your reservation is taken:
The non-refundable fee of $10.00 per person per night (example: 4 people x 2 nights x $10.00 = $ 80.00) must be in our office within 16 calendar days of making your canoe reservations. (Example: Fees for a reservation made on November 14th must be in our office by November 30th.)

Cashier's, certified or personal checks and money orders must be made payable to: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Paddlers with a valid overnight permit are not required to pay the $5.00 per vehicle entrance fee. When payment is received, the trail permit will be mailed. Read the permit, sign both copies, keep the original (white copy) and immediately mail the yellow copy to the address below:

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
Canoe Reservations
2700 Suwannee Canal Road, Folkston, GA 31537


Due to seasonal peak use of trails and limited availability, during March and April, trip lengths are limited to 2 nights. These restrictions allow more individuals the opportunity to enjoy the area during this popular time of year.


Last updated: March 2, 2012