• 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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  • Autumn Cypress Rotator

    Blogs and Such...

    Visitors, staff, and volunteers extol the beauties of Banks Lake in their own personal blogs

    Blogs and Such

  • 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.


Banks Lake Drawdown

Remember largemouth bass are CATCH AND RELEASE ONLY!

Drawdown Update - December 11, 2017

Banks Lake Outdoors!


Banks Lake Outdoors is open Saturday and Sunday. Call 229-569-0147 for information on hours of operation, canoe/kayak rentals, etc.

Visitor Activities
Featured Stories

Youth Fishing Derby

Fishing Derby

The Banks Lake Youth Fishing Derby gives young anglers a chance to snag a big fish and a trophy, as well as have fun with activities afterwards.

About the Complex

Okefenokee Complex

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

Read more about the complex
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