Encompassing about 23,000 acres of tidal emergent wetlands, forested wetlands and upland forests along the Waccamaw and Pee Dee rivers, the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1997. Its purpose is to protect and manage the diverse habitats of the coastal river ecosystem to benefit threatened and endangered species, including fish, migratory birds and forest wildlife; and to provide compatible wildlife-dependent recreation for people.
Activities at the Refuge include boating, canoeing and kayaking in the rivers and creeks; wildlife observation and photography; hiking along the Great Pee Dee River and Bull Creek at the Highway 701 bridge, just north of Yauhannah Lake; freshwater fishing year-round; hunting (according to season); and environmental-education programs. All pets must be on a leash.
Prohibited activities include camping; fires; feeding, enticing, collecting or disturbing plants and animals; carrying firearms other than those used for hunting; littering; and entering closed areas.
Location: 21424 N. Fraser Street (U.S. Highway 701), Georgetown (15 miles south of Conway).