Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
During the current public health emergency, whenever possible, outdoor recreation sites at national wildlife refuges will remain open to the public.

For local conditions review the information on this website and call ahead.

If visiting one of our location, please ensure public health and safety by following guidance from the CDC and state and local public health authorities. You can do this by maintaining social distancing, avoiding overcrowding and excercising good hygiene.


PKY Habitat Projects

Habitat Projects

Volunteers are making a difference at Pinckney Island by helping to improve important wetland habitat.

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Enjoy Your Visit!

Visitor Activities

Wildlife Viewing

There are wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities offered year-round at Pinckney Island NWR including wildlife viewing, photography, hiking, bicycling, fishing, and hunting. Learn more about these opportunities at our Visitor Activities page.

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Hunt Information


Pinckney Island NWR offers an annual gun hunt for deer. A refuge hunt permit and State licenses are required for hunters 16 and over.

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Found a baby bird or injured wildlife?

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

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Recent Sightings

eBird Trail Tracker

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

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About the Complex

Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex

Pinckney Island 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.

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