Know Before You Go

Q: When is the refuge open?


Sunrise to sunset, 7 days a week!

Q: How do I get to the Refuge?


Because the Refuge is a barrier island, access is restricted to boat users only. There is a public boat dock that has space for two boats at a time.

There are several boat launches in the area, but the Rodney J. Hall Boat launch may be the best option to launch your boat and visit the Refuge.

When you reach the refuge feel free to hike or bike around to see all that is offered.

Q: What can I do at Wassaw Island NWR?


Hike along the numerous trails throughout the island keeping your eyes open for wildlife, visit the beach and travel north through the boneyard forest to visit Fort Morgan or head south to see all sorts of shorebirds, participate in one of the yearly deer hunts or bring your rod and catch yourself a Sheepshead off the public dock.

These are just some of the opportunities provided when visiting the island!

Q: Is there a Visitor Center?


Unfortunately not. Click the contact button at the bottom of your screen if you want to contact refuge staff.

Q: Are there restrooms or water fountains?


There are no public bathrooms or water fountains available for use. It is important that when visiting Wassaw NWR that you come prepared with water and food.

Q: What should I bring to the Refuge?


Come prepared!

There aren't any public amenities provided on the Refuge so it is suggested that you bring water and food depending on how long you're going to be on the island. It is also important to plan ahead and monitor the weather and tides as both are variable day-to-day, especially during hurricane season.

Q: Can I feed the wildlife?


Feeding wildlife is not allowed and in the case of alligators is illegal! the reason for this is that if an animal is fed by someone, it may affect how they collect food for themselves and they may begin to rely on other people feeding them.

Q: Can I take home treasures?

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Take only memories and leave only footprints.

While it's hard to leave behind that shell, feather, or rock you find, it is important we leave behind any object we find so other animals or people can enjoy them!

If you'd like to learn more about responsible recreation click HERE to hear about the seven principles of Leave No Trace.

Q: How many hiking/biking trails are there?


There are 10 trails for everyone to enjoy! Click the back arrow on the top left of your screen and navigate to the map to view the trails.

Q: What do you do if you run into an alligator or another predator?


Be sure that whenever possible to keep a safe distance from any animal that you feel uncomfortable being around. If you do happen to come across an alligator sunning while visiting the island, be sure to back away slowly and keep your distance. Your camera has an excellent zoom function to help get that photo!

Q: What do I do if I see injured wildlife?


If you come across an injured animal be sure you reach out to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources - Wildlife Resources Division.

Click the contact button on the bottom of your screen to find contact information.

Q: What is the Caretta Research Project?


Caretta is an organization providing hands on sea turtle conservation, research, and education for the purpose of maintaining the populations of sea turtles. Caretta provides opportunities to volunteers work yearly during the nesting and hatching seasons between May and September for a week at a time. Click here to learn more.