Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


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    Annual Santee Bluff Hunt

    Add to your calendar and attend the Annual Santee Family, Friends, and Kids Bluff Hunt !

    Bluff Hunt information

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    Santee Indian Mound

    On the National Register of Historic Places, the Santee Indian Mound has a rich cultural history dating back 1000 years.

    Learn More


The Cuddo Unit is closed on Mondays

The visitor center is closed on Mondays and operated Tuesday-Friday only as volunteer availability allows. Please call before your planned visit to verify that the visitor center is open.

Hunting Information

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To see up to date hunting information follow the link below. Please note that parts of the refuge will be closed during the deer hunting season. Cuddo Unit, Archery: September 26 - October 10, 2020 Cuddo Unit, Primitive Weapons: October 16 - 18, 2020 and November 6 - 8, 2020 Pine Island Unit, Archery: September 26 - October 10, 2020 Pine Island Unit, Primitive Weapons: October 16 - 18, 2020 and November 6 - 8, 2020 Bluff Unit, Family, Friends and Kids Hunt: October 10 - 11, 2020 and October 24 - 25, 2020

See the Hunting Page

Working For Wildlife


Santee NWR manages many different types of habitat for a variety of wildlife species to call home.

Resource Management
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Visitor Information


Need to know how to get to Santee? Trail information, directions, and hours are all found here.

Plan Your Visit

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