View the photographs and videos of this remarkable lake in our gallery
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The Stars at Night...
Whether fishing or star gazing, night is a pleasant time to be at Banks Lake
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Blogs and Such...
Visitors, staff, and volunteers extol the beauties of Banks Lake in their own personal blogs
Blogs and Such
On the Water...
Banks Lake Outpost is the on-site concession where you can rent canoes or kayaks, buy bait and fishing supplies, and just shoot the breeze.
Special Event June 6, 2015June 04, 2016
The Banks Lake Youth Fishing Derby gives young anglers a chance to snag a big fish and a trophy, as well as have fun with activities afterwards.Banks Lake Youth Fishing Derby
About the Complex
The Okefenokee Complex consists of Okefenokee NWR headquartered 125 miles away in Folkston, GA, as well as the Banks Lake NWR, which it manages.
Banks Lake is managed as part of the Okefenokee Complex.
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About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
Learn more about the NWRS
Banks Lake Outdoors
The refuge is excited to announce our NEW partnership with Lanier County for the operation of the concession. Banks Lake Outdoors is open for business. Call 229-569-0147 for information on hours of operation, canoe/kayak rentals, etc. Visitor Activities
Moonrise at Banks Lake
Banks Lake is a premiere place to watch the rising moon, or the setting sun.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Cypress in fog: Jasmine Olsen, Youth Fishing Derby: Cindy McIntyre/USFWS, Cypress and lilies in autumn: ©Cindy McIntyre, Triptych ©Cindy McIntyre, Autumn: Marilyn Kircus, Autumn Cypress: Marilyn Kircus, Paddling among cypress ©Cindy McIntyre, December stars: © Cindy McIntyre
Last Updated: Feb 18, 2015