Georgia Outdoor Recreational Pass
While wildlife management areas and public fishing areas are primarily used by hunters and anglers, these properties are normally open for recreational use year-round. However, areas may be closed to entry or to certain activities due to hunting events being scheduled and other various reasons. Click here to find out if an area is closed to any recreational activities before planning your visit. It will also be posted at the wildlife management area check station or at a specific recreation site.
Effective January 1, 2012, a Georgia Outdoor Recreational Pass (GORP) is required to use 31 properties managed by Wildlife Resources Division for non-hunting and fishing activities. (In all, Wildlife Resources manages more than 100 properties. GORP affects only one-third of the wildlife areas statewide).
Who needs a GORP?
31 sites (listed below) require a GORP for visitors ages 16-64 to use properties for activities other than hunting or fishing. For hunting and fishing, appropriate licenses will be needed. Depending on what type of hunting or fishing license is held, a GORP may or not be additionally required.
Who does not need a GORP?
The 31 affected properties are Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and Public Fishing Areas (PFAs). Each is managed for wildlife/fish habitat and development and funded mostly by revenue from hunting and fishing licenses. Other uses, such as hiking, cycling, caving, bird watching and many other such activities, are also allowed.
Please note: a GORP is not the same as a ParkPass (required for Georgia State Parks locations). To purchase a ParkPass, click here.
Why is a GORP needed?
The new access pass provides for users including hikers, birders, cyclists and horse-riders to help cover maintenance at designated WMAs, PFAs and Natural Areas. That work has been funded mostly by hunters and anglers.
“As budgets have become tighter over the last few years, maintenance funds have been stretched thin,” says Dan Forster, director, Wildlife Resources Division. “Hunters and anglers have been paying the bill through state license fees and federal excise taxes to maintain these properties. However, other users contribute to the general wear and tear of the sites, too. The GORP revenue will be directed to long overdue maintenance projects such as roadways, trails, parking lots and other facilities.”
To see how GORP dollars are being spent, CLICK HERE.
When a GORP / WMA / GORP Plus or Hunting / Fishing License is needed
Where can I buy a GORP?
Purchase a GORP here. You can also call 1-800-366-2661 or visit a license retail agent. Please note, that similar to other recreational licenses, a transaction fee is applicable ($2.50 for online, $3 for license vendor and $5 by phone).
How much is a GORP license?
Transaction fees apply ($2.50 online, $3 at retail outlets, $5 over the phone).
* Options available at purchase
** Small Group Pass