Hours of Operation
Blackbeard Island NWR is open to visitors daily from sunrise to sunset, except during scheduled refuge hunts. Transportation to the refuge is not provided; visitors must use their own boats or make arrangements with a charter service.
About the Complex
The Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex is comprised of seven national wildlife refuges, totaling 57,226 acres, located in coastal Georgia and South Carolina.
Blackbeard Island is managed as part of the Savannah Coastal Refuges 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.
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Enjoy Your Visit!
There are wildlife-dependent recreational activities offered year-round at Blackbeard Island National Wildlife Refuge including wildlife viewing, photography, hiking, bicycling, fishing and hunting. Come and enjoy YOUR National Wildlife Refuge today!Learn more...
Blackbeard Island NWR hosts two, 3-day archery hunts for white-tailed deer and feral hogs every year A refuge hunt permit and State licenses are required for hunters 16 and over.Click here for detailed hunting information...
The refuge is not equipped to take in or care for injured or orphaned animals. The Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources maintains a list of permitted wildlife rehabilitators that you may contact. Georgia DNR is also who should be contacted for any nuisance wildlife issues, including aggressive alligators.Click here for information on who to contact...
Butterflies, bats, bees...these hard-working animals help pollinate over 75% of our flowering plants, and nearly 75% of our crops.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Beach sunrise: Mary Ellen Urbanski
Last Updated: Nov 17, 2015