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Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge- Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge covers about 4,049 acres in southern Georgia. Public use opportunities at Banks Lake include hiking, boating, freshwater fishing, wildlife observation and photography.
Blackbeard Island National Wildlife Refuge- Blackbeard Island NWR comprises an area of 5,618 acres and is situated approximately 18 miles off the coast of McIntosh County, Georgia.
Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge- Harris Neck NWR serves as an important link in the chain of refuges along the eastern seaboard. The refuge includes 665 acres of open fields, 649 acres of mixed forest and 1,295 acres of salt marsh.
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge- The Okefenokee NWR encompasses a fully functional ecosystem of approximately 680 square miles. The refuge has been designated as a Wetland of International Importance.
Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge- The forest of Piedmont NWR is predominantly loblolly pine on the ridges with hardwoods found along the creek bottoms and in scattered upland coves.
Savannah National Wildlife Refuge- Savannah NWR is located, in Chatham and Effingham Counties, Georgia, and Jasper County, South Carolina, on the lower Savannah River between mile markers 18 and 40. The port city of Savannah lies downstream of the refuge.
Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge- Wassaw NWR is composed of a single barrier island, Wassaw Island, that is managed as a migratory bird refuge.

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Description - There are 9 Wildlife Refuges in Georgia. Along the coast are Savannah, Wassaw, Harris Neck, Black Bear Island, and Wolf Island National Wildlife Refuges. Inland are Banks Lake, Bond Swamp, and Piedmont National Wildlife Refuges. The Okefenokee Swamp is also a National Wildlife Refuge, located along the Florida state line.

Recreation - Recreation opportunities include hiking, saltwater fishing, hunting, photography, bicycling, and wildlife observation.

Modern concession facilities offer guided boat tours; boat, motor, and canoe rentals; at some of the Refuges.

Organized activities at Blackbeard Island include archery hunts for deer; beach cleanups; shorebird censuses conducted by volunteers. Savannah and Piedmont NWRs both have auto-tour routes. Organized activities at Blackbeard Island include archery hunts for deer; beach cleanups; shorebird censuses conducted by volunteers

Climate - Georgia has a warm climate, especially in the southern regions of the state. The northern mountains may be slightly cooler than the rest of the state. Summer temperatures are hot with averages for July and August surpassing 90 degrees F. Winter temperatures are mild with highs near 55 degrees F and lows near freezing. Spring weather is pleasant with highs near 65 degrees F and lows near 50. The highest amount of rainfall occurs during the winter and spring months. High humidity levels occur during the spring and summer months.

Location - Along the coast are Savannah, Wassaw, Harris Neck, Black Bear Island, and Wolf Island National Wildlife Refuges. Inland are Banks Lake, Bond Swamp, and Piedmont National Wildlife Refuges. The Okefenokee Swamp is also a National Wildlife Refuge, located along the Florida state line.


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Georgia - This southern state contains diverse landforms from mountains to beaches. Several national and state preserves protect natural areas throughout the state.

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