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National Wildlife Refuge

2700 Suwannee Canal Rd
Folkston, GA   31537
E-mail: okefenokee@fws.gov
Phone Number: 912-496-7836
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Okefenokee NWR includes close to 403,119 acres, almost 90 percent of which have increased protection as a National Wilderness Area.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Structured educational programs are available for schools, universities, and professional groups. The refuge’s Environmental Education classroom offers a great venue to begin your experiential learning of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. The many habitat types and great diversity lend itself to being a wonderful outdoor classroom for any age!

Fishing is permitted year-round on marked trails in accordance with Georgia State fishing laws. Using live minnows or trot lines is prohibited. Boat motors must be 10 horse power or less. Bank fishing is permitted along the Cane Pole Trail and in the canal behind the refuge Visitor Center. Fishing is prohibited in the boat basin and in canals and ditches along the Swamp Island Drive.

Hunting is permitted annually on the refuge. Permits and special regulations apply. Please contact refuge headquarters for specific information.

Exhibits and a short film are available at the Visitor Center. A bookstore, operated by the Okefenokee Wildlife League, offers gift items, field guides, and more. Interpretive brochures for hiking, driving, biking, are also available at the Visitor Center. The Chesser Island Homestead site, settled in the mid-1800's, is open for self-guided touring. Interpretive programs are offered throughout the year. The concession operation on the refuge, Okefenokee Adventures, offers guided boat trips, canoe/kayak rentals, and a variety of guided programs.

Wildlife Observation
Swamp Island Drive is an 8-mile driving, biking, or walking loop. Several hiking trails, Chesser Island Homestead, boardwalk and observation tower are located along the Drive. Numerous boat and canoe trails into the swamp offer wildlife viewing opportunities.

Leave No Trace
Leave No Trace is a national educational program to inform visitors about reducing the damage caused by outdoor activities, particularly non-motorized recreation. Leave No Trace principles and practices are based on an abiding respect for the natural world and our fellow wildland visitors. We can act on behalf of the places and wildlife that inspire us by adopting the skills and ethics that enable us to Leave No Trace.

1. Plan ahead and prepare.
2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces.
3. Dispose of waste properly.
4. Leave what you find.
5. Minimize campfire impacts.
6. Respect wildlife.
7. Be considerate of other visitors.

For more information on Leave No Trace, visit the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics Web site. (http://www.lnt.org)

Nov-Feb- 1/2 hour before sunrise until 5:30pm (Swamp Island Drive gate closes at 4:00pm)
March-Oct- 1/2 hour before sunrise until 7:30pm (Swamp Island Drive gate closes at 6:00pm)

Visitor Center: Open daily 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (EXCEPT July/August and December/January: Open Thursday – Monday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. CLOSED Tuesday and Wednesday).

Entrance Fees
An entrance fee is required of all visitors to the refuge unless they possess an annual pass or lifetime passport.Entrance fees should be paid either at the fee booth or at the refuge concession operation, Okefenokee Adventures.

Federal Duck Stamp valid July 1 to June 30 ($15.00); America the Beautiful Pass ($80.00); Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Pass ($12.00) valid for one year from date of issue; Golden Age Passports for those 62 years of age or older ($10.00); or the Golden Access Passports free for the blind or permanently disabled.

Overnight Wilderness Canoe Permit - $10.00 per person per night.

Private vehicle - $5.00 (7 day pass)
Commercial van or bus up to 20 passengers - $5.00 - $25.00
21 or more passengers - $50.00

Use Fees
Commercial day use guide (9 or fewer people) - $5.00;
10-25 people - $25.00
26 or more people-$50.00
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