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National Wildlife Refuge

21424 N. Fraser Street
Georgetown, SC   29440
E-mail: marshall_sasser@fws.gov
Phone Number: 843-527-8069
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Waccamaw NWR has recently completed construction on a state of the art environmental education center on a twenty-two acre tract of land that overlooks the Great Pee Dee River and Yauhannah Lake. The educational programs that are offered to local schools, organizations, are similar in format to those offered at the Sewee Visitor and Environmental Center. For more information about the type of programs offered at the Sewee Center visit the Center's web site at http://seweecenter.fws.gov.

Freshwater fishing opportunities are available year-round. Two tidal rivers transect the refuge, and hundreds of creeks, lakes and sloughs can be found throughout the refuge acquisition boundary.

The Refuge offers deer, squirrel, raccoon, waterfowl, snipe, and hog hunts. Hunting seasons are set annually and generally run from September through March. A hunting brochure is required by anyone hunting and is free of charge. Hunting on dedicated public use areas such as the Cox Ferry Lake recreation Area and the Yauhannah Bluff Tracts are prohibited. Other nature trails may be closed during Refuge hunts.

We have a beautiful exhibit room located in our new visitor's center. Opportunities for hands-on learning, outdoor classrooms, indoor educational programs, and interpretive exhibits are offered.

Wildlife Observation
Presently the best opportunities for wildlife observation and photography on Waccamaw NWR can be found by boating through Big and Little Bull Creeks and on the Cox Ferry Lake Recreation Area. During the spring and summer American swallow-tailed kites soar frequently over these areas. A nature trail and boardwalk located at the Cox Ferry Lake Recreation Area offers unique wildlife observation opportunities and a canoe trail is being developed on the Pee Dee River and Yauhannah Lake which will offer visitors a unique opportunity to paddle through a blackwater swamp. For more information on public use opportunities, or information regarding necessary permits, contact the refuge office at (843) 527-8069.

Visitor Center is open 8:00am to 4:00pm Monday - Friday. We are closed all federal holidays.

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