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Fishing at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Copyright: - US Fish and Wildlife Service
Fishing at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Description - There are over 38 miles of river and over 25 miles of streams and creeks within the refuge boundaries. Refuge habitats include bottomland hardwoods, palustrine, estuarine and tidal (8-foot amplitude) freshwater wetlands. A fringe area of upland hardwoods exists along the eastern boundary, 3,000 acres of which is impounded. An additional 3,000 acres of the impoundment system is managed for migratory wading birds and waterfowl. An additional 87 acres are administrative areas. The port city of Savannah lies downstream of the refuge.

The refuge is home to a large variety of wildlife including: ducks, geese, wading birds, shorebirds and several endangered and/or threatened species including bald eagles, wood storks, manatees and shortnose sturgeon. The refuge also provides nesting areas for wood ducks, great horned owls, bald eagles, osprey and swallow tailed kites among others.

Recreation - Savannah National Wildlife Refuge offers an array of public use opportunities including wildlife observation, interpretation, hiking, bicycling, fishing, hunting (deer, turkey, feral hog and squirrel). Thirty-six miles of dikes are open seasonally to foot traffic. The four mile Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive is open to vehicular traffic.

Climate - Climate throughout much of Georgia is warm to hot and humid in summer with winters generally mild. One should be prepared for cold weather during winter months. Thunderstorms are possible throughout the year but most common in the spring and summer. Tropical storms occasionally strike the coast during the hurricane season.

Location - Savannah NWR is located near Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham and Effingham Counties, Georgia and Jasper County, South Carolina. It lies along the lower Savannah River between mile markers 18 and 40. The refuge field office is located 3 miles east of Port Wentworth, GA on Highway 170 then 1/4 mile north on a graveled road to the field office. Working hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

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Filed By: Paul San Juan (Garden City, Ga.)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The toughest part is leaving such a beautiful place. I have encountered many aspects of wildlife in the refuge through my trips in the wild, just walking. Most are memories that I shall always cherish. The beauty of Mother Nature, can not be challenged. Please Help the ARK program ( Area Refuge Keepers ) You can make a differance!

Filed By: Sarah Redden (Garden City, GA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: There are TONS of birds to be seen at the refuge! I am a beginner birdwatcher, so there were many birds that were new to me, but there are some rarities that more experienced birders would love to see. If you're hungry before or after, there are two great Mexican restaurants less than fifteen miles away, just keep following Hwy17 thru Port Wentworth into Garden City. They're both on the right, and they're both great.

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Contact Information:
Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, 1000 Business Center Drive, Suite 10 , Savannah, GA, 31405, Phone: 912-652-4415, Fax: 912-652-4385
, r4rw_ga.scr@fws.gov

Additional Information:
Georgia's National Wildlife Refuges - There are nine Wildlife Refuges in Georgia. Many of the refuges lie along the coast. Recreation opportunities include hiking, saltwater fishing, hunting, photography, bicycling, and wildlife observation.
Lowcountry Region - The Lowcountry Region of South Carolina includes the Atlantic coast and the coastal plain. It covers the area south and east from Sumter.
South Carolina National Wildlife Refuges - The National Wildlife Refuges in South Carolina are located in the eastern half of the state, mostly along or near the coast.

Savannah NWR - Official agency website


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