At over 10,000 acres and suited near Savannah, Georgia is Wassaw Island National Refuge. Wassaw is an uninhabited island and is completely undeveloped with the exception of the ranger station. The island is one of few unspoiled barrier islands in the state of Georgia.


When are you allowed to visit Wassaw Island National Refuge?


The island is open to visitors every day from sunrise to sunset.

You will want to consider the time of year that you head out to Wassaw Island. In the summer the coastal Georgia area will be quite warm and you may be able to sneak in a swim at the beaches off of Wassaw. The downside to the summer is going to be the bugs that you will run into. During the winter months, you may not get the same beach experience but you will have a very comfortable hike.


How do you get to Wassaw Island National Refuge?


Wassaw Island is only accessible by a personally owned boat or as part of paid tour.
If you’re trailering a boat, the closes boat ramp is called Rodney J. Hall Boat Ramp, and it is situated at the foot of the Skidaway Island Bridge. 
The ramp is public, no fees are required. 
When you arrive at the island, good anchorage areas are located on both the north and south ends of the island along the beach.
A double anchor method (one on off the bow and one off the stern) is recommended because the current moves swiftly with the change in tides. 


Another point of access to the island is by entering Wassaw Creek near the south end of the island. Just up the creek is a public dock for use. No fees are issued to dock the boat.

Can You Get To Wassaw Island If You Don’t Own a Boat?

Wassaw Island is a great place for anyone to visit. It is of course much easier for boat owners to make their way to the Wassaw Island National Refuge, but even if you don’t own a boat there are still a few ways that you may be able to get there.

If you Don’t Own a Boat, Who Offers Paid Tours to Wassaw Island


Boat tours
Savannah Coastal Eco Tours
Sundial Charters
Wilderness Southeast

Kayak tours:
Sea Kayak Georgia
Savannah Canoe and Kayak


What can you do on Wassaw Island?


View dolphins playing in the water along its seven miles of beaches.

Hike down 20 miles of dirt roads meandering through the maritime forests and past vast salt marshes.

Along the way, you may find deer, alligator, and feral pigs.

Take in the sights and sounds of the abundance in varieties of birds. In the spring and fall migrating birds will call Wassaw, their hotel before continuing along the journey.

Often spotted are Loggerhead sea turtle nests all along the beach. These turtles return year after year.

Fishing is permitted on the island except for the freshwater refuge pond. Sea Trout, Redfish, Bonnet Head Sharks, Stingrays, Whiting, Croaker, and Flounder can all be caught from the beaches. 

On the north side of the island is a tidal creek, on low tide, the water is crystal clear and knee-deep. It’s great entertainment for the family to explore. Often you will see hermit crab, stingrays, and flounder swimming around you in the clear waters. 

Tips For Your Trip To Wassaw Island

Pack plenty of sunscreen; the suns glare off the water can leave your skin blistered.


Wear comfortable walking shoes; sandals will not give you the support you need for the long trails.

Additionally, stepping into a pile of fire ants will relate to a week’s worth of avoidable pain. 

Remember, this is an uninhabited island; the comforts of your neighborhood bug services are nonexistent.

Mosquitos are prevalent- pre-spray and pack bug repellent. 

The heat and sun will leave the weathered local dehydrated if not inadequately prepared. Bring along plenty of water to stay hydrated for your day on the island. 

Watch the time. Don’t be on the opposite side of Wassaw that you need to depart from ten minutes before sunset. 


The pristine barrier islands of coastal Georgia are beautiful. The state has done an excellent job of preserving nature for families and nature lovers to enjoy. Whether you’re beaching, exploring, fishing, taking wildlife shots, or a combination of it, the entire day will be packed with entertainment. Conveniently located near both Tybee Island and Savannah, access points are easily found to launch a boat. Next time you’re in the area, add it to your list.