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WMA Road Closure or Accessibility Info

FIRE RESTRICTION ON US FOREST SERVICE LAND: The USDA U.S. Forest Service has instituted a forest-wide fire restriction provision in effect from Oct. 24-Dec. 31., 2016 on the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. This includes ANY WMAs* that are on National Forest land. More information from USFS here.

*WMAs include: Cohutta, Johns Mountain, Rich Mountain, Blue Ridge, Chattahoochee, Chestatee, Coopers Creek, Lake Russell, Swallow Creek, Warwoman, Redlands, Cedar Creek


  • Berry College WMA: This WMA is now under a fire restriction provision (as are USFS properties), effective Oct. 24-Dec. 31, 2016. Info on restrictions here.

  • Cohutta WMA:

    • Storm damage has created some road issues on Cohutta WMA (see map). The Cohutta Ranger District reports the following issues: temporary gates installed just past Three Forks trailhead and just below Barnes Creek falls. You can get on top of the moutain, but will have to come in from Crandall (FSR 630) or Cisco (FSR 17) and go back out the same way.  Vehicles hauling trailers greater than 15 feet beyond Hickey Gap campground are discouraged.

    • CCC Road is closed (from Emory Creek Parking area to Boatright Valley) due to a rockslide (12-29-15).

    • USFS Landslide Closure Letter

    • Rocky Flats Road (FS 630D) is closed due to storm damage and will re-open when repairs are completed.

  • Zahnd WMA: (posted 9-1-16): South Cedar Lane Gate: 
    • If Gate is open: Drive through to WMA parking area and sign-in kiosk on state-owned land.
    • If Gate is closed, but not locked: You may Open gate and drive through to WMA parking area and sign-in kiosk on state-owned land.
    • If Gate is closed and locked: Contact the GA DNR Game Management Office at 706-295-6041 to report it. WMA users also may park along the road (on state-owned land), being careful to avoid blocking through access for residents and other WMA users. WMA users are allowed to travel along the easement of the road through private land.


  • Chestatee WMA: Boggs Creek Road is open for day use only. 

  • Dawson Forest WMA:Click here for current gate schedule and click here for current trail schedule for City of Atlanta Tract on Dawson Forest WMA (July 1, 2016-Aug. 4, 2017).


  •  No current road closures


  • Beaverdam WMA: Several bottomland roads at Beaverdam WMA will be closed until flood waters of Oconee River recede and roads are suitable for traffic.  These roads include Boat Landing Road; Three Bridges Road (closed at first bridge); and the swamp road between Three Bridges Road and Boat Landing Road.
  • Clybel WMA (Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center):  
    • The 50-yard range is closed on educational Range Days - More information here.
  • West Point WMA: The gate by the Edwards Rd Campground on West Point WMA will be closed until further notice due to a logging operation in progress.


  • Chickasawhatchee WMA: Flat Loop Bridge remains closed, but is under construction. Alternative routes have been established.  Please see linked map for details.
  • Elmodel WMA: Bridge formerly available on this WMA is permanently closed. Alternative routes have been established.  Please see linked map for details. 


  • Big Hammock WMA: All three main access gates are now open (dated May 13, 2016).   

  • Grand Bay WMA:  

    • Due to military training needs on the federally owned portion (Hwy. 221 tract) of Grand Bay WMA, that section will be closed to public access on the following dates:2016-17


  • Sapelo Island WMA: Upgrades to the Sapelo Hunt Camp dock at Moses Hammock are in progress. Dock access is available but docking space is limited and stream anchoring will likely be required during quota hunts until upgrades are complete. Please come prepared to stream anchor if necessary. Questions? Call WRD Region office at 912-262-3173.

  • WMAs along Altamaha River: Roads within WMAs along the Altamaha River may be flooded and impassable. Proceed with caution and do not drive a vehicle into deep water. These roads may not be gated or listed as closed. Access to the McGowan Lake tract (Altamaha WMA) is limited and access to the lake is closed due to road damage by the rising water levels.





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