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Plan Your Visit

Plan Your VisitWhether fishing or paddling, or just watching the sunset from the pier, visitors to Banks Lake can enjoy a unique landscape dominated by moss-draped cypress ringed with water lilies.  The best way to experience Banks Lake is from the water, and each season touches the lake with its own mood.  Look closely at each tree.  Dragonfly nymphs shed their larval skeletons on the cypress bark as they emerge from the water.  Spider webs sparkle with dewdrops on a foggy morning.  Songbirds and ospreys nest in the moss and treetops. Favored fishing holes yield bream and bass - and a few ten-pounders!  

The refuge is open 24 hours a day, with no entrance fee.  Banks Lake is managed under the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Complex and the headquarters is located 125 miles away in Folkston, Georgia. 

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
2700 Suwannee Canal Rd
Folkston, GA 31537
912-496-7836 information
912-496-3332 fax


Page Photo Credits — Open Water: Jasmine Olsen
Last Updated: Feb 12, 2014
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