- 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.
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Fishing at the Savannah National Wildlife 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.
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.