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National Wildlife Refuge

Photo collage of Wassaw's unspoiled beach, wooded uplands and the colorful painted bunting.
Barrier island located off of the Georgia coast
near the city of Savannah, Georgia
Chatham County, GA   
E-mail: savannahcoastal@fws.gov
Phone Number: (843) 784-2468
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The seven miles of undeveloped beach on Wassaw NWR provides superb nesting habitat for threatened loggerhead and endangered leatherback sea turtles. The magnificent painted b
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
In cooperation with the University of Georgia, Marine Extension Service, ecology classes are taught on site. All classes must be scheduled through the University.

The saltwaters of the refuge marshland are open to fishing throughout the year.

Deer hunts (both bow and gun) are scheduled in the fall and winter. For a schedule of hunt dates and hunt regulations, please contact the Savannah Coastal Refuges complex headquarters in Savannah, Georgia.

Interpretive walks are available, on a limited basis, to organized groups. Tours must be scheduled through the Savannah Coastal Refuges office. Groups must arrange their own transportation to the island.

Wildlife Observation
Birdwatching, beachcombing, hiking, bicycling, and general nature studies are popular activities on Wassaw NWR. The 20 miles of dirt roads on the island and seven miles of beach provide an ideal wildlife trail system for visitors. Birdwatching is particularly fruitful during the spring and fall migrations.

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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