Inclement Weather Alert
Gov. Nathan Deal issued a state of emergency due to winter weather for 83 counties, spanning much of central and north Georgia. This line extends from Columbus to Macon to Augusta and northward. State government are closed in the impacted areas for non-essential personnel.
Last updated 1/17/18 at 9:19 a.m.
Northwest Georgia (Region 1)
Storm damage has created some road issues on Cohutta WMA. 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 mountain, 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.
The archery range at J.L. Lester WMA currently is closed as staff explores potential renovation options.
(Posted 10-28-16): Access to the parking area and kiosk at Zahnd WMA from South Cedar Lane is temporarily closed. Limited roadside parking is available near the end of the pavement on South Cedar Lane. Please keep vehicles out of the roadway. WMA users also may use the parking area on top of the mountain on Highway 157. Hunters can reach an alternate kiosk location from the Intersection of Highway 157 and Dougherty Gap Road, travel on Highway 157 north for 4.5 miles. Parking area and kiosk information will be on (left) west side of highway or hunters can check-in online.
Northeast Georgia (Region 2)
Boggs Creek Road is open for day use only.
West Central Georgia (Region 4)
Shooting Range: The 50-yard range is closed on educational Range Days.
The gate by the Edwards Road Campground on West Point WMA will be closed until further notice due to a logging operation in progress.
Southwest Georgia (Region 5)
Flat Loop Bridge remains closed, but is under construction. Alternative routes have been established.
Bridge formerly available on this WMA is permanently closed. Alternative routes have been established.
Southeast Georgia (Region 6)
Three Bridges Road remains closed due to bridge damage and will remain closed until further notice.
- Due to military training needs on the federally owned portion (Highway 221 tract) of Grand Bay WMA, that section will be closed to public access periodically until September 2018.
Coastal Georgia (Region 7)
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.
There are no current shooting range closures at this time.
Ocmulgee River: Wise Creek
The Wise Creek access on the Ocmulgee River on U.S. Forest Service land in Jasper Co. is closed for repairs. Signs are posted at Wise Creek and at Popper Tract (located upstream—since many kayakers and canoeists put in at Popper Tract and traverse down to Wise Creek for takeout). According to the U.S. Forest Service it may be Spring 2018 before they can get there to make the necessary repair.
No cautions at this time.
Upcoming Maintenance & Construction (Ramps Open)
No maintenance or construction at this time.