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Banks Lake
National Wildlife Refuge


Same as Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge:
2700 Suwannee Canal Road
Folkston, GA   31537
E-mail: okefenokee@fws.gov
Phone Number: 912-496-7836
Visit the Refuge's Web Site:
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/banks_lake/
Banks Lake NWR contains a variety of habitat types including 1,000 acres of marsh, 1,644 acres of cypress swamp, 900 acres of open water. and 15 acres of uplands.
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  Overview
Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is located in Lanier County, near Lakeland, GA, as part of a much larger blackwater system. The refuge was established in 1985 for the protection and conservation of this unique environment as well as migratory and resident wildlife. Banks Lake is natural pocosin or sink of ancient geologic origin.

The refuge contains a variety of habitat types including 1,000 acres of marsh, 1,644 acres of cypress swamp, 900 acres of open water, and 15 acres of uplands.

Facilities at Banks Lake NWR include restrooms, boat ramp, short walking trail, boardwalk and platform, and accessible fishing dock.


Getting There . . .
Banks Lake NWR is located in Lanier County, one mile west of Lakeland, GA, along GA Hwy 122.

GPS Coordinates: 31.019699, -83.127502


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Management Activities
Management of the lake focuses on working cooperatively with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to promote and maintain a healthy fishery and providing opportunities for appropriate recreational uses by maintaining a boat ramp, dock, boardwalk and other facilities. A cooperative partnership involving the FWS, GA DNR, The Nature Conservancy, and Moody Airforce base has focused on developing a Management Plan that benefits the entire Grand Bay - Banks Lake Ecosystem.

Banks Lake NWR is neither funded nor staffed as a refuge. All work is done by staff and volunteers from Okefenokee NWR, 125 miles away.