Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge
Southeast Region
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I get to the refuge?
    Harris Neck NWR is located in McIntosh County, Georgia, 5 miles north of Eulonia and 50 air miles south of the port city of Savannah. To reach Harris Neck, take Exit 67 off I-95 and travel south on U.S. 17 for approximately one mile, then east on Harris Neck Road for seven miles to the main entrance gate.

  • When is the refuge open?
    The refuge is open to the general public during daylight hours, seven days a week. The headquarters office/visitor contact station is typically open Monday - Friday from 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM. There are times, however, when staff and/or volunteers are not available, and that facility may have to be closed temporarily.

  • Are there any costs associated with a visit?
    There are no fees charged to visit the refuge.

  • Where and when are my best chances of seeing a painted bunting?
    Painted buntings are typically present on the refuge from late April until late September. Birds can usually be observed while touring the refuge's four-mile wildlife drive.

  • Is hunting permitted on the refuge?
    Hunting is permitted on the refuge for deer and feral hogs. A three-day, non-quota archery hunt is typically held during September, and a one-day, quota shotgun hunt is held during November. Click here for more information on refuge hunts and how to participate.

  • Is fishing permitted on the refuge?
    The refuge has six freshwater impoundments that are managed for wading birds and endangered wood storks that are not open to fishing. However, the refuge has two public boat ramps and two fishing piers that provide public access and oppportunities for saltwater fishing.


Last updated: November 18, 2013