UPDATE WEST MIMS FIRE OKEFENOKEE NWR;
The West Mims Fire is 48,413 acres and 8% contained. 444 personnel are assigned to this incident with equipment resources including 8 helicopters, forty five wildland fire engines, 7 dozers, thirty four tractor plows, 2 interagency hot shot crews and 1 initial attack crew and various overhead and support positions. The Georgia Forestry Commission Type 2 Incident Management Team is managing the fire with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Forest Service, and U.S. Forest Service.
Summary: Smoke was visible today in Charlton County, including along hwy 121 and at the main entrance to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in Folkston. Winds pushed the fire across Mitchell Island today, and fire growth occurred on the other flanks. Crews continued to mop up on the southern edge of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and monitor the entire fire area.Strategic firing operations are being planned for tomorrow and will help complete the work needed to establish containment along hwy 177 at the Pocket and the Stephen C. Foster State Park.Air Quality: Smoke was visible due to forecasted westerly winds and high transport winds. The National Weather Service, in coordination with the West Mims Incident Meteorologist, continue to monitor the situation and will issue air quality advisories for affected areas, as needed.Driving restrictions: Hwy 177 is closed 11 miles north of the intersection with GA 94 at the entrance to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Temporary road closures may occur as needed due to smoke or equipment.Temporary Flight Restrictions: A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire area. This includes any unmanned aircraft systems (aka “drones”).Closures within the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge:· The Wilderness Canoe Trail overnight stops· Swamp Island Drive, Chesser Island Boardwalk, and Chesser Island Homestead· Stephen C. Foster State Park, Suwannee River Sill, and the Pocket· Access to all water trails, including boat tours, from the Suwannee Canal Recreation area (Eastern side of refuge).Burn Bans are in place for the following areas:· Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge· Baker County, FL
We are experiencing here at Pastimes intermittent smoke, the wind is from the West and gusting making the smoke and air quality change from hour to hour, there is no problems with sight distance and smoke smell is minimal, just there at times. There is still plenty to do in the area, St Mary’s River is a good paddling trip, CSX is still traveling through the funnel and the weather is still enjoyable for just relaxing and as of now safety here is not a factor.
The Office/Store/campground are open so come visit the campground and stop by the store for anything you may have forgotten or may need. Drinks, Ice Cream, and frozen meals and everyday goods.
Our office hours are 9 AM to 6 PM Tuesday – Thursday, 9AM to 8PM Friday and Saturday, 9AM to 4Pm Sunday, 11AM to 4PM Mondays eastern time except when we close on during certain seasonal and holiday times. Business phone (912) 496-4472. Advance reservations are always advised and we especially appreciate any advance notice but we will do our best to accommodate off the road business, please understand though it’s just not always possible.
Check our Contact Page and the News Page on this web site for more detailed and timely information pertinent to business hours during certain special seasons, holidays and other times.
The day use picnic area has opened on the peninsula of the pond and features State Park spec. charcoal grilles for preparing your lunch/dinner, and has a fish feeding station. By night this area serves as our star gazing area as their is no light interference from park lighting. This area is free of charge to all campground campers and can be used by others for a nominal fee, please inquire at the office or by phone for availability and pricing.
The Hiking trails have been re-opened and a new connection trail has been added along with some bird watching/wildlife viewing stations, there are approx 4,000 ft of hiking paths on the property and access to miles of trails across the street from the campground.
On March 17th we underwent a Good Sam Inspection, we are now a Good Sam Park, we will be honoring the 10% Good Sam discount to go with our already 10% savings for Military, EMS, Fire, Police, both active and retired status.
Fall of 2017 we will be offering new long term rental sites for seasonal campers.
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Reservations for your stay can be done via the online reservation tab or under the tab at the top of the page by clicking on Pastimes Online Reservations.
or by calling the campground directly at 912-496-4472, we accept all major credit cards and cash.
Should you have any questions regarding your visit to the Okefenokee Swamp please feel free to call and we will answer them or get you in contact with someone who can.
We are not offering guided tours at this time, we do recommend for your guided tours the Concessionaire at Suwanee Canal entrance Okefenokee Adventures for your touring needs, they offer many different tours visit them at the link below or call them at 912–496–7156 or 866–THE–SWAMP (843–7926)
We look forward to providing you with a peaceful comfortable stay while you are visiting the Okefenokee Swamp or the Folkston area. The Tent area is being expanded to incorporate a more private experience by moving the set up areas to use natural buffers, look for pictures of the new sites on the tent page or on the reservations page. Tent sites are still open while the new sites are being finished. When done it will greatly increase our group camping area so we will be able to accommodate large groups with ease.
A new bathroom/laundry facility/ dog kennel should be finished in the fall, this facility will include unisex single bathrooms with showers that are ADA compliant.
The next phase of improvements are in the planning stage, they include installation of Satellite TV to all cabins and RV sites, renovations in the main building to make a meeting room with TV, video conferencing capabilities, a exercise room and a separate book nook/exchange. A 6 stall air conditioned day use dog kennel along with outside runs and a new fenced dog exercise area, so you will be able to leave you’re best friend while you visit the NWR.
We are directly across from the entrance to the Okefenokee Swamp, and are within a short drive from the Folkston funnel where over 60 CSX trains a day pass through on their way to and from Florida along with a great viewing platform. If you you are a motorcyclist the area has some great riding, in short there is always plenty to do here, bird watching, hiking trails, star gazing and especially resting and relaxing.
Again we look forward to meeting you and making your stay a special one, Michelle & Dale Hazzard – Owners.
Our GPS coordinates for ease of finding us are;
N 30.74078 Deg.
W 82.07084 Deg.