Blackbeard Island. Blackbeard Island was named for Edward Teach, alias Blackbeard the Pirate. Rumors of Blackbeard’s buried treasure still flourish, but no evidence of his fortune has ever been discovered.
The Blackbeard Island National Wildlife Refuge is a 5,618 acre National Wildlife Refuge managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Blackbeard Island is located in McIntosh county in Georgia, just to the north of Sapelo Island.
The primary objectives of the refuge are to provide wintering habitat and protection for migratory birds; provide protection and habitat to promote resident and migratory wildlife diversity; and to provide protection and management for endangered and threatened species (loggerhead sea turtle, wood stork, piping plover). Notable concentrations of waterfowl, wading birds, shorebirds, songbirds, raptors, deer, and alligators can be seen at various times of the year.
Saltwater fishing is permitted throughout the year. Freshwater species include largemouth bass, crappie and sunfish. Saltwater species include bluefish, spotted seatrout, flounder, red drum, striped bass, bonefish, croaker and shark.