Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge
Southeast Region
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Frequently Asked Questions

Credit: David Goeke, USFWS

Credit: David Goeke, USFWS

  • How do I get out to the refuge?  Is a boat available to take me out there?
    Wassaw Island is a barrier island that is only accessible by boat.  The refuge does not provide transportation, however, charters are available from local marinas (Click here to download camping and charter information).  Individuals can also access the island in personal boats.
  • When is the refuge open to the public?
    The refuge is open year round, from sunrise to sunset, except during five-days periods in November and December when refuge deer hunts are conducted.
  • What can a family do on the refuge?
    The refuge is managed for wildlife and to maintain the island in its natural state.  The public is welcome to enjoy the beach and interior trails for hiking, bicycling and wildlife observation. Although swimming and picknicking is permitted on the beach, open fires and pets are not allowed.
  • Is fishing allowed on the refuge?
    The shallow, seasonal ponds in the interior of the island are closed to fishing.  However, surf fishing is permitted on the beach.  Saltwater fishing is popular in the refuge's many tidal creeks.
  • Where is the best place to access the island?
    Most people anchor their boats off the north or south ends of the island.  The refuge has a boat dock at the small headquarters office on Wassaw Creek.  The public is welcome to load or unload passengers at the dock to access trails or obtain visitor information, however, due to the small size of the dock, only temporary mooring is allowed.

 

Last updated: June 6, 2011