Alerts & Closures

Notice IconGADNR Wildlife Resources Division COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

Updated 4/3/20 at 9:41 a.m. ET

At this time, the Wildlife Resources Division remains operational across the state. Administrative offices are open, and biologists and technicians continue to manage wildlife and habitat across the state. Please be advised that any service provided online or by telephone, such as license purchasing or boat registration, must be done though the provided methods below. WRD will assist customers in these processes.

License Purchases

  • Recreational Hunting, Fishing, and related licenses: Online at GoOutdoorsGeorgia.com or telephone at 1-800-366-2661.
  • Lifetime Sportsman Licenses: email the completed application and any required documents to weblbru@dnr.ga.gov. Call 1-800-366-2661 if this option is not available.
  • WRD Commercial License Application: email completed application and any required documents to weblbru@dnr.ga.gov. Call 1-800-366-2661 if this option is not available.
  • Boat Registrations: Online at GoOutdoorsGeorgia.com or telephone at 1-800-366-2661. Mailed boat registration applications will not be delayed but mail is not normally as fast as online or telephone options.
  • Commercial Licenses/Lifetime Licenses: If scanning applications/documents and emailing as attachments is not an option, emailing clear pictures works.

Sapelo Island Ferry

Due to the need to maintain social distancing on the Sapelo Island ferry, guests will be prioritized as follows and permitted on board as space permits up to 50 passengers:

  • First on board: Sapelo Island residents and landowners
  • Second on board: Contractors
  • Third on board: Guests of island residents and landowners

All guests will be allowed to board given the amount of space left on the ferry. All passengers will be expected to maintain the 6-foot dispersal recommendation while on the ferry.

US Forest Service Properties

Updated 4/3/20 at 9:41 a.m.

Camping and other group recreational facilities are closed at this time, but Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests are open to dispersed recreation.

Additional recreation areas in Lumpkin, Fannin, Union and Towns counties have been closed.

Media Contact: Steven Bekkerus 770-297-3043

US Forest Service Website

Education Centers, Recreation, Reservations & Programs

WRD continues to provide access to dispersed recreation, such as hunting and fishing, on wildlife management areas and public fishing areas. Education centers and outdoor access to all properties are currently still open to the public; however, WRD advises that everyone follow CDC guidelines before visiting its properties and remain home when sick, with a fever, or following exposure to someone who is sick.

Indoor programs and group events over ten participants will be cancelled or rescheduled. WRD scheduled outdoor events of 50 attendees or less will remain in place at this time provided attendees maintain the 6-foot dispersal recommendation.

Guests with reservations for events, lodging, and camping may contact WRD for rescheduling or refund options.

Please see a list of cancelled programs below:

Cancelled programs will be added here when announced.

Boat Ramp Parking

If designated parking areas on boat ramps, shooting ranges, trail heads or similar areas are full, the area has reached capacity. Do not park outside designated spaces. Do not park in any area not designated for legal parking. Normal rules for parking on WMAs apply—see hunting regulations on page 41.

Resources

COVID-19 Information Hotline: 1-844-442-2681

Other resources:


Last updated: 4/6/20 at 10:57 a.m. ET


WMA & PFA Closures

Map of Regions by Number

Region 1

Cohutta WMA

Posted 3/24/20 at 8:47 a.m.

The US Forest Service has closed the shooting range as well as all developed areas (campgrounds, recreation areas, restrooms and boat ramps).

John's Mountain WMA

Updated 3/25/20 at 9:28 a.m.

The US Forest Service has closed the shooting range as well as all developed areas (campgrounds, recreation areas, restrooms and boat ramps).

Rich Mountain WMA

Posted 3/24/20 at 8:47 a.m.

The US Forest Service has closed all developed areas (campgrounds, recreation areas, restrooms and boat ramps).

West Point WMA

Posted 3/19/20 at 8:09 a.m.

The gate at the campground on Edwards Road is currently closed due to a washed out culvert. Hunters can still access the WMA through the Harmony Cemetery gate off of South River Road. A reopening date is not known at this time.


Region 2

Dawson Forest WMA

Updated 3/11/20 at 9:30 a.m.

  • The following roads have been closed due to weather conditions and will remain closed until conditions improve: Power Line Road and Azalea Road.
  • The gate on Goethe Road is closed until the damage on the field, road and firebreaks can be repaired.
  • Grant Road is currently closed and will remain so through turkey season, March 21–May 15.
  • City of Atlanta Tract: Mill Road, Railroad Road and Reservoir Road remain closed. The inner gate near Azalea Road is locked. Powerline Road and Azalea Road gates are locked. Shoal Creek Road gate on the north side remains closed.

Redlands WMA

Updated 12/12/19 at 10:35 a.m.

The shooting range is closed. Please contact the U.S. Forest Service at 770-297-3000 for more information.

Swallow Creek WMA

Posted 4/3/20 at 1:37 p.m.

High Shoals and Grapevine Roads access are impacted due to the closure of Indian Grave Gap Road (FSR 283).

Wilson Shoals WMA

Updated 4/20/19 at 8:20 a.m.

All secondary roads are closed on Wilson Shoals WMA. Foot traffic is welcome.


Region 3

B.F. Grant WMA

Posted 2/24/20 at 8:25 a.m.

Due to safety concerns, the bridge at Indian Creek Road is closed (see map). A reopening date is not yet known. Alternative directions include:

  • Take Hearnsville Road (the road the Marsh Project is on) to Hearns Road, take a right on Hearns Road, then right on Indian Creek Road.
  • Take Godfrey Highway toward Highway 442, take a left on Glades Road just past the Indian Creek/Little River confluence bridge. Take a left on Reids Road, a left on Hearns Road, then left on Indian Creek Road.

Clarks Hill WMA

This WMA has access points off of Highway 78/10 between Thomson & Washington. GDOT is widening this road. The access points are still open, but may not be accessible. Hunters are encouraged to scout & locate these points prior to hunting season.

Marben PFA

Updated 4/6/20 at 10:57 a.m.

  • Margery Lake has been lowered, so please use the boat ramp at your own risk.
  • Jasper County has closed Shepherd Pond Road due to the road becoming impassable from hazardous weather conditions. The road will be shut down just at the entrance to Shepherd Pond and at the “S curve” or either at the entrance to Otter Pond. This means the lakes on this road will be inaccessible by vehicle. The road will open once conditions improve for them to make repairs. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • Whitetail Pond closed on March 11 for replacement/repairs. Approximate closure time will be 6 weeks.

Oaky Woods WMA

Posted 1/17/20 at 12 p.m.

The gate leading to the river is currently closed due to the river running high.


Region 4

Beaverdam WMA

Posted 12/17/19 at 12:01 p.m.

Road Closures Effective Immediately: The Oconee River is rising and flooding some area roads, including the following that are now closed due to flooding: Swamp Cut Road, Boat Landing Road and Three Bridges Road.

B.F. Grant WMA

Posted 2/20/20 at 11:47 a.m.

Bridge closure: Due to serious safety concerns, the bridge on Indian Creek Road has been closed. A reopening date is not yet known. 

Big Hammock WMA

Updated 2/25/20 at 11:33 a.m.

  • Tillman Road is closed due to the flooding of the Altamaha River.
  • Circle Road is closed until roads can be repaired.

Bullard Creek WMA

Posted 1/8/19 at 8:24 a.m.

Due to unsafe driving conditions from river flooding, Half Moon Road will be closed until 14 days after the river recedes.

Canoochee Sandhills WMA

Posted 3/18/20 11:07 a.m.

Unusually high amounts of rainfall recently caused significant flooding and damage to roads. As a result, most access roads are closed to vehicular traffic. The area is open for walk-in access hunting or fishing, and once waters recede and roads dry we will assess them for opening.

Horse Creek WMA

Posted 2/28/20 at 10:04 a.m.

All roads are closed due to flooding.

Ocmulgee WMA

Posted 2/12/20 at 11:18 a.m.

The gates going down to the river are closed due to recent rain.

Oliver Bridge WMA

Posted 2/25/20 at 11:33 a.m.

River Road is closed due to the flooding of the Ogeechee River.


Region 5

There are no region 5 closures at this time.


Region 6

Altamaha WMA

Updated 12/27/19 at 11:35 a.m.

Grand Bay WMA

Updated 2/24/20 at 8:25 a.m.

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 2020.

Griffin Ridge WMA

Posted 2/19/20 at 2:56 p.m.

Access on Griffin Ridge WMA is limited due to flooding. Please check the online map on our GoOutdoorsGeorgia app for the most up-to-date road closures. Roads will be assessed for damages after the river recedes and reopened when safe.

Paulks Pasture WMA

Updated 3/31/20 at 3:35 p.m.

Main Road is closed from westernmost intersection with Dubignon Hammock Road to Blounts Crossing Road due to water over the road and erosion. Roads will open when water recedes and repairs are made.

Townsend WMA

Excessive rainfall has affected Buck and Big Island, as well as Pine Island, making them inaccessible.


      Shooting Ranges

      Big Hammock Shooting Range

      Updated 12/30/19 at 2:57 p.m.

      The shooting range is currently closed due to flooding.

      Chestnut Mountain Shooting Range

      Posted 3/24/20 at 8:47 a.m.

      The US Forest Service has closed the shooting range.

      Mike Commander Shooting Range

      Posted 2/25/20 at 2:59 p.m.

      The range will be closed for renovations starting March 23 for approximately one year. Renovations will include new rifle and pistol ranges at 200 and 25 yards, new shooting pavilions, and a range classroom with bathrooms.

      Richmond Hill Shooting Range

      Updated 3/2/20 at 2:05 p.m.

      Richmond Hill Shooting Range is currently closed for repairs. The repairs are expected to take until June 1.

      Sumac Shooting Range

      Posted 3/24/20 at 8:47 a.m.

      The US Forest Service has closed the shooting range.

      West Point Shooting Range

      Updated 4/3/20 at 12:28 p.m.

      Starting April 20, the range will be undergoing berm renovations and will be closed. The range is expected to reopen July 15, weather permitting.


      Boat Ramps

      If designated parking areas on boat ramps, shooting ranges, trail heads or similar areas are full, the area has reached capacity. Do not park outside designated spaces. Do not park in any area not designated for legal parking. Normal rules for parking on WMAs apply—see hunting regulations on page 41.

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

      Closures

      Bauerle Boat Ramp

      Posted 1/9/20 at 2:55 p.m.

      Due to flooding from the Savannah River, the Bauerle boat ramp at Lock and Dam Park in Augusta is closed until further notice. At this time, no other information can be given about alternative launch sites due to the likelihood of additional flooding in the area.

      Burton Trout Hatchery Moccasin Creek Boat Ramp

      Posted 2/6/20 at 3:35 p.m.

      The Moccasin Creek boat ramp is closed until further notice due to renovation of Lake Burton Hatchery. Anglers wishing to access Lake Burton may do so via any number of Georgia Power boat ramps on the lake.

      Highway 136 Boat Ramp (Calhoun/Gordon County)

      Updated 2/14/20 at 11:26 a.m.

      This ramp on the Oostanaula River is closed due to flooding.

      Mayor’s Park Boat Ramp on Lake Chatuge

      Posted 4/4/20 at 4:50 p.m.

      Mayor’s Park Boat Ramp on Lake Chatuge is closed. A reopening date has not been established.

      Uvalda Landing

      Updated 8/15/19 at 1:22 p.m.

      The Uvalda Landing in Montgomery County on the Altamaha River is closed due to GDOT construction to re-align the road/bridge west of current location. Alternate accessible ramps include the Ball’s Ferry Landing (Oconee River just above confluence) in Montgomery County and Town’s Bluff Landing in Jeff Davis County on the Altamaha River. The reopening date is not yet known.

      Yuchi WMA Brigham Landing Ramp

      Posted 4/3/20 at 2:43 p.m.

      The Brigham Landing Ramp on Yuchi WMA is closed due to degraded road conditions associated with high water levels.

      Cautions

      No cautions at this time.

      Upcoming Maintenance & Construction (Ramps Open)

      No upcoming maintenance at this time.