Alerts & Closures


WMA Closures

Map of all Regions

Northwest Georgia (Region 1)

 Cohutta WMA

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.

J.L. Lester WMA

The archery range at J.L. Lester WMA currently is closed as staff explores potential renovation options.

Zahnd WMA

(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)

Chestatee WMA

Boggs Creek Road is open for day use only.

Dawson Forest WMA: City of Atlanta Tract

The City of Atlanta Tract's Horse Camp, North Gate, and Shoal Creek access points are closed until Mid-August. Legally accessible points by vehicle at this time include Dawson Forest Road down to the Horse Camp parking area.

Lake Russell WMA:

Due to current weather conditions, roads are closed on Lake Russell WMA. Foot traffic is welcome. (Posted-12/10/18)

Wilson Shoals WMA:

Due to current weather conditions, roads are closed on Wilson Shoals WMA. Foot traffic is welcome. (Posted-12/10/18)

East Central Georgia (Region 3)

Redlands WMA

DOT has closed a USFS bridge on Skull Shoals Road.

West Central Georgia (Region 4)

Clybel WMA (Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center)

Shooting Range: The 50-yard range is closed on educational Range Days.

Southwest Georgia (Region 5)

Chickasawhatchee WMA

Chickasawhatchee Road is closed at Spring Creek. Flooding has washed the out the road.

Cordele Hatchery (Not a WMA, but Host to Waterfowl Hunts on the Impoundment)

Recent heavy rains resulted in the dam at Cordele Hatchery being compromised and losing the ability to manage and maintain the impoundment for waterfowl hunting. All remaining waterfowl hunts have been cancelled. Notice posted Mon. Dec. 3, 2018.

Elmodel WMA

Bridge formerly available on this WMA is permanently closed. Alternative routes have been established.

Southeast Georgia (Region 6)

Beaverdam WMA

Recent heavy rains have caused Swamp Cut Road, Boat Landing Road and Three Bridges Road to be closed. Roads will reopen after water recedes and roads dry such that repairs can be made to make roads suitable for vehicular traffic.

Big Hammock WMA

Recent heavy rains have caused Main Road and Hammock Lake Road to be closed. Roads will reopen after water recedes and roads dry such that repairs can be made to make roads suitable for vehicular traffic.

Dixon Memorial WMA

Due to current area conditions, the 2nd 2018 Quota Dog Deer hunt at Dixon Memorial WMA, scheduled for Dec. 8, has been cancelled. The WMA is flooded, with several damaged roads and culverts creating dangerous conditions, especially in the area where the dog hunt was scheduled to take place. All selected hunters will have their quota hunt points restored. Notice posted Dec.6, 2018

Grand Bay WMA

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 2019.

River Bend WMA

Recent heavy rains have caused Jack Lake Road and Beecham Lake Road to be closed. Roads will reopen after water recedes and roads dry such that repairs can be made to make roads suitable for vehicular traffic.

Coastal Georgia (Region 7)

Altamaha WMA

  • The job of repairing Hurricane Irma damages to the Altamaha Waterfowl Management Area (located on the Altamaha Wildlife Management Area) continues. Waterfowl hunters planning to hunt this area should take note of repairs and conditions to help prevent unwanted surprises and frustrations.
  •  The access road to the McGowan Lake Tract is closed until further notice due to high water levels.

Griffin Ridge WMA

The Low Road is closed until further notice due to high water levels.

Townsend WMA

  • The road accessing the Buck Island Tract is closed until further notice due to high water levels.
  • On the Pine Island Tract, the road that crosses Black Calico Swamp is closed.
  • On the North Tract, the road that crosses Horse Fjord is closed.
  • On the South Tract, Wesley Lake Road is closed.

Shooting Ranges

Clybel Shooting Range

The Clybel Shooting Range includes a pistol, rifle range and a shotgun range. Posted Nov. 6: The trap/skeet fields are currently CLOSED. The 5-stand is open. Also, please note that several improvement projects are underway at the range and portions of the range may be temporarily unavailable due to construction and landscaping work.

Dixon Memorial Rifle Range

The rifle range at the Dixon Memorial Shooting Range is currently closed due to flooding. The pistol range remains open. 

J.L. Lester Archery Range

The J.L. Lester Archery Range located on J.L. Lester WMA in Polk County is currently closed for renovation work. The re-open date is not yet determined.

Richmond Hill Archery Range and Richmond Hill Shooting Range

On Oct. 1, both the archery and shooting range at Richmond Hill WMA closed for renovations. The renovation work is expected to take approximately six months to complete. The re-open date is not yet determined.

West Point Shooting Range

The West Point Shooting Range on the West Point WMA closed on July 30 due to the need to complete renovation work. The work is expected to take approximately nine months to complete. The re-open date is not yet determined.


Boat Ramps

Contact region offices should you want to check ramp conditions ahead of time.

Closures

Ocmulgee River: Wise Creek

The Wise Creek access on the Ocmulgee River on U.S. Forest Service land in Jasper County 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). It is not yet known when repairs will be able to be scheduled, so there is currently no planned re-opening date.

Cautions

No cautions at this time.

Upcoming Maintenance & Construction (Ramps Open)

No upcoming maintenance at this time.