Current Operations Due to COVID-19


The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is excited to announce that hours of operation for the Main Entrance - Suwannee Canal Recreation Area have resumed seasonal hours of operation. Additionally, the refuge will resume issuing permits for overnight camping trips on Tuesday September 29, 2020. You must call the permit reservation phone line Tues-Thurs 7AM - 10AM to reserve your permit. The phone line is 912-496-3331. You must also have a profile in Recreation.gov at the time of reservation. 

The refuge concession, Okefenokee Adventures, has tour, rental, and food services available, see their website for the most updated information.

Due to the CoronaVirus Health Emergency, the Richard S. Bolt Visitor Center located at 4155 Suwannee Canal Road Folkston, GA is closed until further notice.  Some restroom facilities have been closed due to lack of cleaning supplies and personnel to maintain sanitation. The following areas remain open to the public:

  • Swamp Island Drive
  • Hiking Trail
  • Chesser Island Boardwalk
  • Chesser Island Homestead Grounds
  • Boat ramp access to the water trails for day-use
  • Kingfisher Landing
  • Suwannee River Sill
  • The Pocket

Visitors should adjust their expectations accordingly and should practice social distancing, personal hygiene, and other behaviors to avoid infection in public areas. Visitors should not rely upon staff, volunteers, or concession staff to ensure their protection from contagious disease.