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Harris Neck
National Wildlife Refuge

Photo collage of Woody Pond, a small fawn lying in green grass and FWS staff biologist returning a banded wood stork chick to its nest.
5000 Wildlife Drive N.E.
Townsend, GA   31331
E-mail: savannahcoastal@fws.gov
Phone Number: (912) 832-4608
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Intense water level management is conducted year-round in Harris Neck's freshwater ponds to provide attractive nesting and feeding grounds for wading birds including the endan
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Structured education programs are available for schools, universities, and other groups on a limited basis. Please write or call the refuge for additional information.

Fishing is allowed in the tidal creeks bordering the refuge. Piers have been constructed for public use on Harris Neck Creek at the refuge entrance. Access to refuge tidal waters can be gained from a public boat ramp located on the Barbour River (at the termination of Harris Neck Road). The Barbour River Landing is open daily from 4:00 a.m. to midnight, or as posted.

Deer hunts are managed on the refuge in the fall and winter. Hunters may obtain a schedule of hunt dates and hunt regulations from the Savannah Coastal Refuges complex headquarters in Savannah, Georgia.

There is currently no visitor center on the refuge, however there is an interpretive kiosk near the entrance gate that provides visitors with a brief description of what they can expect to see on the refuge, as well as refuge brochures and other information. In addition, several new interpretive exhibits have been erected along various refuge roads that enable visitors to experience a self-guided tour.

Wildlife Observation
In the summer, thousands of egrets and herons nest in the swamps, while in the winter, large concentrations of ducks (especially mallards, gadwall and teal) gather in the marshland and freshwater pools. Over 15 miles of paved roads and trails provide the visitor easy access to these areas. The main, paved road is a four-mile auto-tour route that is open to public vehicles, as well as to hiking and bicycling. Unimproved roads and trails are open to foot and bicycle traffic only unless otherwise posted. Some portions of the refuge may be closed seasonally to protect wildlife from human disturbance.

Harris Neck NWR is open to the public daily, from dawn to dusk (year-round; check entrance gate for specific gate hours). There is currently no visitor center on the refuge, however, visitors are welcome at the refuge field office which is open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday.

Entrance Fees
no entrance fee is charged

Use Fees
Non-quota hunts = no fee Quota hunts = $12.50 permit fee (if selected); no application fee
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