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Outdoor recreation

Our nation has one of the world’s largest networks of protected public lands set aside for the enjoyment of the American people. This vast network supports a healthy outdoor recreation industry, providing millions of jobs across the U.S. and generating billions of dollars for the economy. These jobs and revenue in turn help support local communities and fund conservation efforts. So whether you are hunting, fishing, or hiking, you’re not just renewing your spirit and improving your health, you’re also contributing to the future of conserving and enhancing our natural heritage for future generations.

With several national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries in South Carolina, there are a wealth experiences to be had year-round. Besides hunting and fishing, some of the other priority uses of these special places are wildlife observation, photography, environmental education and interpretation. For current information on each facility, please call their office or visit their websites. Rules, regulations, and conditions are updated regularly and may be subject to change.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service locations in South Carolina

National wildlife refuges

Ernest F. Hollings - ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge
8675 Willtown Road
Hollywood, SC 29449
(843) 889-3084

Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge
5801 Highway 17 North
Awendaw, SC 29429
(843) 928-3264

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge
23734 U.S. Highway 1
McBee, SC 29101
(843) 335-8350

Santee National Wildlife Refuge
2125 Fort Watson Road
Summerton, SC 29148
(803) 478-2217

Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex
694 Beech Hill Lane
Hardeeville, SC 29927
(843) 784-2468

Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge
21424 N Fraser Street (Hwy 701)
Georgetown, SC 29440
(843) 527-8069

National fish hatcheries

Bears Bluff National Fish Hatchery
7030 Bears Bluff Road
Wadmalaw Island, SC 29487
(843) 559-2315

Orangeburg National Fish Hatchery
427 Lakeview Drive, Hwy 21 Bypass
Orangeburg, SC 29115
(803) 534-4828

For more information, The National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation has been conducted since 1955 and is one of the oldest and most comprehensive continuing recreation surveys. The Survey collects information on the number of anglers, hunters, and wildlife watchers, how often they participate, and how much they spend on their activities in the United States.

For more information about hunting and fishing in South Carolina, visit the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

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