Water Levels LOW - Overnight Camping Permits Booking Two-Weeks


July 2, 2019

Update: The burn ban (charcoal grills and campfires at established campgrounds) has been lifted. There is still low water in the swamp and so overnight camping trips are only being booked 2-weeks in advance instead of 2 months. Additionally, day-use and overnight guests should use extreme caution on the water trails during low water periods. 

June 11, 2019

Update: Water levels are continuing to drop on the refuge's water trails, limiting access to some of the overnight camping sites. We are currently only booking overnight camping permits 2-weeks in advance (instead of 2-months). To book a permit and to check on the status of the refuge's water trails/conditions, please call the permit reservation phone line at 912-496-3331 between 7AM - 10AM Monday - Friday. 

May 20, 2019

There is currently a burn ban on campfires and charcoal grills in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in effect until further notice. This burn ban includes the campground at Stephen C. Foster State Park and any picnicking areas at Okefenokee Swamp Park and Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Main Entrance. Additionally, campfires and charcoal grills on overnight camping trips on the Wilderness Canoe Trail System are prohibited.

All entrances to the Okefenokee are open for business and welcoming visitors. Due to the forecast temperatures, we recommend getting out early to enjoy the best opportunities of seeing wildlife. Bring water and snacks, sunscreen, and wear a hat while visiting. For information on visiting the Stephen C. Foster State Park near Fargo, please call 912-637-5274; to visit the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge near Folkston, please call 912-496-7836; or to visit the Okefenokee Swamp Park near Waycross, please call 912-283-0583.

For additional information, please call Susan Heisey at 912-286-3110, email susan_heisey@fws.gov, or follow the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Facebook page (@OkefenokeeWildlifeRefuge).