Refuges At A Glance

Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge: Established 1985
Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge is located in Lanier County, near Lakeland. It is part of a much larger blackwater ecosystem. 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 a natural pocosin or sink of ancient geologic origin. Banks Lake NWR is neither funded or staffed as a refuge. All work is done by staff and volunteers from Okefenokee NWR, 90 miles away.

Blackbeard Island National Wildlife Refuge: Established 1924
Located off the coast in McIntosh County. The refuge includes beach habitat used by threatened species such as the loggerhead sea turtle for nesting and the endangered piping plover for wintering.

Bond Swamp National Wildlife Refuge: Established 1989
Located just south of Macon along the Ocmulgee River. The refuge currently consists of 6,500 acres of bottomland hardwoods and swamp forests mixed with creeks, beaver swamps and oxbow lakes. It=s situated along the fall line separating the piedmont from the coastal plains region. Spring and fall are the best times to visit the refuge. Neotropical bird species, such as the swainson=s warbler, the prothonotary warbler and the yellow billed cuckoo are easily found during the spring and summer.

Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge: Established 1964
The refuge was established with community support and in cooperation with the Corps of Engineers to provide winter habitat for waterfowl. It is host to numerous wildlife species and is the only area along the Chattahoochee River set aside specifically to benefit wildlife.

Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge: Established 1962
Located near Darien. The refuge supports one of the most successful wood stork colonies in the Southeast, with two or more chicks fledgling from many nests. Artificial nest platforms and feeding ponds have been created for the benefit of these endangered birds.

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge: Established 1937
The refuge is a mosaic of habitats: marshy prairies, shrub thickets, cypress and bay forests and upland pine forests. It is home to or a stopover for over 230 species of birds, from the rarely seen endangered red-cockaded woodpecker to commonly viewed white ibis and great blue herons. From alligators to black bear, Okefenokee provides habitat for a variety of animals and plants that rely on this unique ecosystem. You can explore the refuge by canoe, kayak, motorboat, foot, auto or bike.

Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge: Established 1939
The refuge is located in the heart of central Georgia, just northeast of Macon. The refuge was established in an attempt to regain the beautiful forested land that was cleared by the settlers in the early 1800's. Today, clear streams run through 35,000 acres of green forests filled with wildlife. The endangered red- cockaded woodpecker makes its home here in living pine trees and is easily viewed from trails and roadsides.

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge: Established 1927
The refuge is situated on the Savannah River in Georgia and South Carolina, and totals 28,168 acres. Bottomland hardwoods, tidal freshwater marsh, and a 3,000 acre managed impoundment system provide varied habitat for an array of wildlife, though the American alligator attracts the most attention.

Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge: Established 1969
Located near Savannah. The refuge consists of Wassaw Island, two smaller islands, hammocks, and tidal salt marshes. Wassaw is the most pristine of all barrier islands of Georgia, with a seven mile stretch of beach attractive to wildlife such as shorebirds, gulls, terns and loggerhead sea turtles.

Wolf Island National Wildlife Refuge: Established 1930
Located off the coast near Darien. All of the refuge=s 5,126 acres have been designated as a National Wilderness Area. The refuge=s small beach front offers nesting habitat for species such as the least tern.