Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.



    Due to the CoronaVirus Health Emergency the Waccamaw NWR Visitor Center is CLOSED until further Notice.

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    Waccamaw Photo Gallery

    Experience some great photos of the refuge. Visit soon to see it all in person.

    See the gallery

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    Environmental Education at the Refuge

    Interested in visiting the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge for educational purposes?

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    Learn the History of the Refuge

    Land within the acquisition boundary of the Refuge has been inhabited by humans from prehistoric periods through modern history!

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    Wildlife and Habitats of the Refuge

    The variety of refuge habitats supports more than 400 species of animals, including four endangered species.

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Current Conditions

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Due to the CoronaVirus Health Emergency the Waccamaw NWR Visitor Center is CLOSED until further Notice.


Compatible Use Determination for Public Comment

Right-of-Way for Water Supply Line Compatible Use Determination document. See the link below . . .

Compatible Use Determination information page with Document Download

Visitor and Environmental Education Center

Education Center

In October of 2009 Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge opened the Visitor Center. Built on a 22-acre tract of land that overlooks the Great Pee Dee River and Yauhannah Lake, the 7,300 square ft. center houses an exhibit hall, auditorium, gift/book shop featuring live native animals, a conference room and a state of the art Environmental Education Center that includes a classroom/wet lab.

Learn more about what the Environmental Education Center has to offer
Fun at the refuge

Recreation on the refuge

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Get outside and enjoy your refuges! Throughout the seasons, there are endless recreational experiences that await you.


About the Complex

Lowcountry Refuge Complex

Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Lowcountry Refuge 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