Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at


2018 Best In Show Image by Ray Silva

Photo Contest Winners!

Congratulations to all of our 2018 Refuge Photography Contest winners! Check out all of their amazing images in the video link below.

Click here to view a video of the winning photos!

Enjoy Your Visit!

Hours of Operation

Refuge lands, including the Wildlife Drive, are open from sunrise to sunset, 7 days a week. All entrance/exit gates will automatically close at sunset each day. Visitor Contact Station is open Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM with additional hours added seasonally. Barbour River Landing is open from 4:00 AM - midnight, 7 days a week.

Hunt Information

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Harris Neck NWR offers archery and gun hunting opportunities for both deer and feral hogs. A refuge hunt permit and State licenses are required of all hunter 16 and over.

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History of the Refuge


The history of Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge is as rich and diverse as the wildlife and habitat resources protected there today.

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Find a Baby Bird or Injured Wildlife?

The refuge is not equipped to take in or care for injured or orphaned animals. The Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources maintains a list of permitted wildlife rehabilitators that you may contact. Georgia DNR is also who should be contacted for any nuisance wildlife issues, including aggressive alligators.

Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Recent Bird Sightings

eBird Trail Tracker


Find out what birds are currently being seen at the refuge using the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's eBird Trail Tracker.

Click here to access the eBird Trail Tracker

About the Complex

Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex

Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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