Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
|Description: The Okefenokee Swamp is one of the world's largest intact freshwater ecosystems. It has been designated a Wetland of International Importance by the United Nations under the Ramsar Convention of 1971. The swamp is compared through research to wetlands worldwide. It is world-renowned for its amphibian populations that are bio-indicators of global health. Water from the Suwannee River Sill area is used as a standard reference by scientists throughout the world.|
Wildlife to Watch: Swamp habitats include open wet "prairies," cypress forests, scrub-shrub vegetation, upland islands, and open lakes. Wildlife species include wading birds, ducks, alligators and other reptiles, a variety of amphibians, bobcats, raptors, white-tailed deer, black bears, and songbirds.
Special Tips: Swamp Island Drive is an 8-mile driving, biking, or walking loop. Several hiking trails, Chesser Island Homestead, boardwalk and observation tower are located along the Drive. Numerous boat and canoe trails into the swamp offer wildlife viewing opportunities.
Other Activities: Fishing is permitted year-round on marked trails in accordance with Georgia State fishing laws. Using live minnows or trot lines is prohibited. Boat motors must be 10 horse power or less
Ownership: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Size: 396,000 acres
Closest Town: Folkston
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