Refuge News

October 26, 2019

Th Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive will be open sunup to sundown on Saturday October 26 and Sunday October 27.

October 18, 2019

The laurel Hill Wildlife Drive will be open dawn-to-dusk on October 19 and 20, will close again on October 21.

September 27, 2019

The Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive will close at sunset on Sunday, September 29, 2019 so that contractors can begin the process of repairing the water control structure damaged two years ago by Hurricane Irma. Unfortunately, the Drive will be closed off and on for at least the next two years while this repair continues and for other improvements to the Drive to make it more resilient to to damage from future storms. Watch this app and the Complex Facebook page for updates.

September 6, 2019

Hurricane Dorian inflicted only minimal damage on our refuges. Effective at noon today all refuges have reopened to the public on the usual schedule.

September 2, 2019

Due to the approach of Hurricane Dorian, all refuges in the Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex will be closed until firther notice. Check back here or at for updates.

August 31, 2019:

The Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive on Savannah NWR will be closed effective immediately due to flooding. The Drive will not reopen until Tuesday morning (Sept 3rd) at the earliest to allow staff the opportunity to inspect the Drive for damage and to determine if it is safe for the public to use.

Preparations for approaching Hurricane Dorian may prolong the closure of the Drive and force the closure of the Visitor Center.

Flooding of the Drive has become an intermittent issue since Hurricane Irma in 2017 damaged the main water control structure on the diversion canal, allowing brackish water from the Savannah River to flow unimpeded into the impoundment system. We are still waiting for the US Army Corps of Engineers to repair the damage as they are required to do. Federal dollars have been allocated for the repair but work has not yet started.