Swamp and Trees
Altamaha

WMA

Darien

NOTICE: Vehicular access to the McGowan Lake Tract is currently suspended while the entrance road is being repaired. Please park at the designated parking area across Barrington Road from the entrance & access the tract by foot.

Altamaha WMA

Swamp and Trees
Altamaha
WMA
Darien
NOTICE: Vehicular access to the McGowan Lake Tract is currently suspended while the entrance road is being repaired. Please park at the designated parking area across Barrington Road from the entrance & access the tract by foot.

The Altamaha Waterfowl Management Area at Altamaha WMA consists of 3,154 acres of managed waterfowl impoundments and some 27,000 acres of bottomland hardwoods and cypress-tupelo swamps. The property offers hunting opportunities for deer, turkey, small game, waterfowl, and dove.

The waterfowl impoundments are in three units. Each unit provides a different type of hunting opportunity:

  • Butler Island provides quota hunting
  • Champney Island is a walk-in hunting area
  • Rhett's Island is reachable only by boat

NOTICE for 2018 Waterfowl Season: The Altamaha Waterfowl Management Area continues to experience challenges brought by the strong winds, storm surge and salt water intrusion delivered by Hurricane Irma, so hunters should take that into consideration when making plans. Hunters wanting access to the Champney Island impoundments at the Altamaha Waterfowl Management Area will find the 112-acre Old Snipe Pool will be available. On Rhett’s Island, hunters will find that habitats within the impoundment are still not back to desired conditions, and water levels are being managed to prioritize repairs to the dikes. Rhett’s Pools I and II will have low water levels throughout the fall season, making access to portions of the pools difficult. Pool III will be dry throughout the early teal season. Food resources within all of the Altamaha WMA impoundments continue to experience decreased production due to salt water intrusion. This may decrease the quality of duck hunting at Altamaha for the upcoming season. Additionally, while the area will be open for hunting, there may be disturbance from equipment and workers who are repairing damage to the dikes and water control structures across the area.


Accommodations & Facilities

  • Boat Ramp
  • Campsites
  • Canoe Access
  • Dock
  • Lake
  • Nature Trails

Activities

  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Geocaching — not allowed during managed hunts or before 10 a.m. during turkey season
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Lake Fishing
  • River Fishing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Nearby Properties

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Phone Numbers

Region Office 912-262-3173

Fees & Passes

Land Access

  • Hunting License
  • Fishing License, or
  • Lands Pass

Purchase License