Know Before You Go

Q: When is the Refuge open?


Blackbeard Island NWR is open to visitors daily from sunrise to sunset, except during scheduled refuge hunts.

Click here to learn more about hunts.

Q: How do I get to Blackbeard Island National Wildlife Refuge?


Transportation to the refuge is not provided; visitors must use their own boats or make arrangements with a charter service.

Q: Is there a fee?


It is free to enjoy this refuge and all others in ​​the Savannah NWR Complex!

Q: Are there restrooms and water fountains?


There are no public bathrooms or water fountains available. for use.

Q: Is there a Visitor Center?


Unfortunately not. Click the contact button at the bottom of your screen for information on how to contact refuge staff.

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 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: 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.

There website is found HERE.

You can also call them by clicking HERE.

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