Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Overnight Camping Permit

Fargo, Georgia

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Overview

Located in southeast Georgia, the Okefenokee Swamp is one of the largest intact freshwater wetlands in the world. Nearly all of the swamp and some of the neighboring uplands were set aside as the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in 1937 and now total over 407,000 acres. One of the most unique experiences a visitor can have is camping in the vast and pristine swamp. With approximately 120 miles of water trails, seven overnight camping platforms and two interior island campsites, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge offers visitors from all over the country (and the world) a unique recreation experience.

Planning
When you make your reservation, you will be reserving a camping platform (or island) or series of platforms. The trails are designated by different colors and one trip may take you on several different trails - paddlers should look for markers painted the color of the trail which will tell you what color trail you are on as well as the mile. Some routes enter one part of the refuge and exit at another; please plan accordingly to either hire a shuttle service or provide your own transportation. Click here to see recommended trip itineraries. Trail conditions change rapidly; this does not necessarily represent what is currently available.

View the refuge map here 

Charges & Cancellations

The $10.00 reservation fee is non-refundable. Reservations cancelled more than 14 days prior to the entry date will be fully refunded less a $15.00 (one person/night reservation fee). Reservations cancelled within 13 days of the entry date will not be refunded. If the refuge must close for any reason, all guests with affected reservations will be notified immediately and will be issued full refunds.

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