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General Information

Description - Wassaw NWR is located in Chatham County, Georgia. It lies 14 miles southeast of Savannah, Georgia. Composed of a single barrier island, Wassaw Island is managed as a migratory bird refuge. The rest of the terrain consists of two smaller interior islands, several small raised forest areas and seven miles of beach with rolling dunes; maritime forest characterized by live oak, slash pine; vast salt marshes.

Endangered/Threatened Animals on the refuge: American alligator, bald eagle, peregrine falcon, loggerhead sea turtle, wood stork, piping plover

Recreation - Recreation opportunities include hiking, saltwater fishing, hunting, photography, bicycling, sea kayaking, beachcombing, and wildlife observation. Organized activities include deer hunts, loggerhead sea turtle research, shorebird censuses, beach cleanups conducted by volunteers, and environmental education programs.

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.

Location - The refuge is accessible only by boat. Located north of Ossabaw Island and south of Tybee Island, Georgia. Approximately seven miles from Skidway Island, Georgia. Several marinas on the mainland provide charter service to the barrier island for a fee. A listing of marinas offering transportation can be provided by the Savannah Coastal Refuges office. Private boats may be launched from these marinas, or from a public boat ramp located on the Intercoastal Waterway at the junction with the bridge to Skidway Island.


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Contact Information:
Wassaw NWR, 1000 Business Center Drive, Suite 10 , Savannah, GA, 31405, Phone: 912-652-4415
, r4rw_ga.scr@fws.gov

Additional Information:
Coastal Region - The coastal area of Georgia includes the southeastern corner of the state reaching the Atlantic Ocean. Savannah is the major city of the region and is accessible by Interstate 16 from Atlanta.
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.

Links:
Wassaw NWR - Official agency website

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