About the Complex
Both Banks Lake and Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuges have many similarities, even though they are separated by farmlands and towns. Both are blackwater systems, meaning they are not replenished by rivers or floods, and the decaying vegetation produces tannic acids that turn the waters the color of dark tea. Such systems are less fertile because of the acidity, and do not support the large numbers of birds and wildlife that other freshwater wetlands are known for. However, they offer an intimate experience with both the landscape and the wildlife encountered there.
Page Photo Credits Banks Lake Sunset: © Cindy McIntyre
Last Updated: Dec 20, 2013