Wassaw Island

Wassaw Island. Considered the most unspoiled of Georgia’s barrier islands, Wassaw Island is 14 miles south of Savannah and accessible by private or charter boat.  Designated a National Wildlife Refuge in 1969, Wassaw was previously owned by the descendants of a wealthy northerner who obtained the island just after the Civil War.

Today it is maintained by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and is open to the public during daylight hours. The 10,000-acre island offers an unparalleled experience in the wilderness for any outdoor enthusiast.  Wilderness Southeast conducts private and group day-trips to the island for beach and island exploration. Biking, hiking, surf fishing, birdwatching and sea kayaking are just some of the recreational draws.

October and November (annually), the Georgia Department of Natural Resources conducts controlled hunting for Ossabaw Hogs, deer, alligator, on various reserves including Cumberland Island, Harris Neck, Ossabaw Island, Sapelo Island, Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, and Wassaw Island. For more information.

Additional Resources:

Secret Seashore: Georgia’s Barrier Islands, Georgia Public Broadcasting