Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


Features

  • Nature Gallery

    Refuge Gallery

    View the photographs and videos of this remarkable lake in our gallery

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  • December Stars at Banks Lake

    The Stars at Night...

    Whether fishing or star gazing, night is a pleasant time to be at Banks Lake

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  • Paddling among cypress

    On the Water...

    Banks Lake Outpost is the on-site concession where you can rent canoes or kayaks, buy bait and fishing supplies, and just shoot the breeze.

NEWS

Hunting at Banks Lake NWR

Alligator Profile

Alligator hunting is available at Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge August 27 - 29, 2021. Visit the GA DNR website for details.

GA DNR - Alligator Hunt
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Banks Lake Outdoors!

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Concession open DAILY. Call 229-569-0147 for information on hours of operation, canoe/kayak rentals, etc.

Visitor Activities

About the Complex

Okefenokee Complex

Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Okefenokee Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS