Facility Activities

A paddling trip through the Okefenokee is an experience that will be remembered for a lifetime. Alligators glide through the dark brown water, herons and egrets wade through tall grasses and water lilies, and bears roam through hammocks and islands.

Okefenokee NWR is a haven for these...

Fishing season is year-round. The use of live minnows or trotlines is prohibited. Available species include bluegill, redear sunfish, warmouth, flier, catfish and chain pickerel. Limitation for watercraft is 10 hp.

Endangered species and endangered habitat often go hand-in-hand.  Okefenokee’s longleaf pine forests shelter gopher tortoises, eastern indigo snakes, Bachman’s sparrows, and red-cockaded woodpeckers.  Trees with white paint rings indicate cavity trees of these endangered woodpeckers,...

There are seven overnight shelters and two islands available for canoe camping in the swamp's interior. Permits can be made for anywhere from one night up to four nights (with one and two night permits ONLY available during peak season). There are a variety of distances and paddling skill levels...

Both professional and beginning photographers find a wealth of subject matter along Swamp Island Drive and in the swamp itself.  Screech owls raise photogenic families in abandoned woodpecker holes, and gators pose lazily along the banks of the borrow ditches or in the pond.  Orchids...

Refuge upland trails and the Chesser Island Boardwalk provide family-friendly wildlife viewing areas. The refuge has few hills, so all trails have very little elevation-gain, offering easy walks without losing any of the nature-experience opportunities. Leashed pets are authorized on...

The beautiful and mysterious swamp of Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is one of the best-protected wilderness areas in the southeastern United States. The refuge has become a popular destination for paddlers who camp out on platforms along wilderness canoe trails. Hunters can also experience...

Boats provide the best way to see many refuges. Some refuges limit the use of motorboats to certain areas, subject to restrictions on engine size.

Virtual Learning - SwampLIVE Exploration!

Discover one of the last frontiers of true Georgia wilderness with GPB’s live exploration of the Okefenokee Swamp. Witness the power of the mighty alligator, hear from swamp experts as they answer questions from the audience, and test your...

Auto tour routes offer a great all-season way to see wildlife and habitats from the comfort of your car. By using your car as a viewing blind, you can often see more wildlife than you can see on foot.

The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge offers picnicking opportunities for our visitors and the onsite concession (Okefenokee Adventures) at the Main Entrance (Suwannee Canal Recreation Area) also provides a wonderful food service to our visitors! 

The refuge's picnic area...