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Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge is 3,500 acres and part of the second largest freshwater ecosystem in the Coastal Plain. It is approximately 12 miles from Grand Bay Wildlife Management Area. The refuge offers 1,000 acres of open water dotted with huge cypress trees. The open water is ecologically distinct from the remainder of the 13,000-acre wetland system of which it is a part. It forms the base of a very popular freshwater public fishery including largemouth bass, chain pickerel, bream, and crappie. This open water is maintained by an earthen sill that was constructed in 1825.

From Lakeland, travel west on GA Hwy. 122 for 2-3 miles. Entrance is on the left.

Location: Rte. 2, Box 3330, Folkston Georgia 31537 Telephone 912-496-3331

Other Wildlife Viewing nearby:
(Jacksonville) Animals at Heart Organization
(Folkston) Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge
(Brunswick) Disque Animal Clinic
(Jacksonville) Jacksonville Zoological Gardens
(Jacksonville) Northside Animal Hospital
(Folkston) Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

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