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Bond Swamp
National Wildlife Refuge

Tupelo swamp in Bond Swamp NWR.
718 Juliette Road
Round Oak, GA   31038
E-mail: piedmont@fws.gov
Phone Number: 478-986-5441
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Bond Swamp National Wildlife Refuge's oxbow lakes and sloughs provide shelter for many migrating and resident waterfowl.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Environmental Education Fishing Hunting Interpretation Wildlife Observation and Photography Environmental Education Structured educational programs are available for schools, universities, professional and conservation groups. Advanced reservations are required for all progams and can be made by phoning the refuge at 478-986-5441.

Bank fishing is allowed in designated areas from March 15 through October 15. No fishing from boats or canoes is allowed at this time. The principal game fish are largemouth bass, white crappie, bluegill sunfish, red-eared sunfish, and catfish.

Currently only deer and feral hog hunting is allowed on the refuge. Gun permits are issued by quota drawing only. Archery is by sign-in. Please contact the refuge for special seasons, regulations and permits. A specail hunt permit fee of $12.50 is required if you are drawn for a quota deer and/or hog gun hunt.

Wildlife Observation
Early mornings and late afternoons are the best times to observe and photograph most wildlife, although some reptiles, such as alligators and turtles, may be observed during the heat of the day sunning themselves. Spring bird migration occurs during late March, April and May. In fall, migration peaks in September and October.

Two trails are currently open on the refuge. The 1.9 mile Longleaf Pine Trail passes through a mixed pine/hardwood upland forest. The Beaver Swamp Trail (Inner loop: 0.9 miles, Outer loop: 1.3 miles) winds its way along Stone Creek through a bottomland hardwood forest.

The refuge is open daily, dawn to dusk (year-round), except during deer and feral hog hunts. Some access roads and portions of the refuge may be closed during periods of flooding. Bond Swamp is managed in coordination with Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge. Offices for both refuges are located in the Piedmont Refuge visitor center which contains exhibits describing wildlife and habitats found at Bond Swamp. The visitor center is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., and weekends 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., except on federal holidays.

Entrance Fees
There is no charge to visit the refuge.

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