Alerts & Closures

Notice IconGADNR Wildlife Resources Division COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

Updated 7/21/20 at 10:09 a.m. ET

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.

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: 8/17/21 at 10:04 a.m. ET


WMA, PFA, & Hatchery Closures

Map of Regions by Number

Region 1

Berry College WMA

Updated 10/29/21 at 2:47 pm

ATTENTION HUNTERS: Berry College has initiated a construction project to make repairs and improvements at their reservoir.  As a safety precaution, access for the general public is prohibited in the vicinity of the reservoir. Additionally, the roads that are located around the reservoir will not be available for hunters.  Hunters will still be able to access the WMA from Berry Hill Road and can travel to the 4-way intersection on top of Lavender Mountain.  However, they will be unable to make the loop around the reservoir.  If you have questions, please call the Region 1 WRD Game Management office at (706) 295-6041.

Cohutta WMA

Updated 4/1/21 at 3:52 p.m.

  • Mooneyham Road is closed starting at the second gate due to landslides.

Coosawattee WMA

Updated 9/27/21 at 4:29 p.m.

  • The handicap access road on Coosawattee will be temporarily closed for road construction

Treat Mountain VPA

Updated 12/2/21 at 9:27 a.m.

  • Prescribed Burn Activity This Winter: In preparation for upcoming reforestation work this winter the owners of this property will be conducting site preparation prescribed burns.  These burns will be carried out by the Georgia Forestry Commission and the timing will be dictated by weather.  In total approximately 200 acres are scheduled to be burned comprised of multiple smaller blocks.  If you see prescribed burning activities please plan on hunting in a different area of the VPA.

Region 2

For road closures on U.S. Forest Service properties (Blue Ridge, Chattahoochee, Chestatee, Cooper's Creek, Lake Russell, Redlands, Swallow Creek, and Warwoman), please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/conf/ for the most current information.

Chapman Farm VPA

Updated 11/12/21 at 3:03 p.m.

  • Attention Hunters: Be advised that due to lingering high moisture content, the farmer has not harvested the soybeans yet. For updates on dove field conditions for Chapman Farm VPA, please call the Region 2 Game Management Office in Gainesville at 770-535-5700.

Hart County WMA

Updated 9/3/21 at 10:16 p.m.

Due to illegal baiting activity, Hart WMA dove field will be closed to hunting. If you have information related to the violators who have taken away this public opportunity, please call 800-241-4113 or email turninpoachers@dnr.ga.gov.

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.


Region 3

Marben PFA

Updated 7/21/21 at 1:26 p.m.

Anglers and Archers: Greenhouse Lake at Marben PFA is temporarily closed for maintenance and habitat work. This closure also affects the 3-D Archery Range at Clybel WMA (access to part of the 3-D range trail is available—but a portion of the trail is closed). Anticipated work completion date is Fall 2021.


Region 4

There are no region 4 closures at this time.


Region 5

There are no region 5 closures at this time.


Region 6

Altamaha WMA

Updated 9/16/21 at 12:25 p.m.

Updated 10/18/21 at 10:16 a.m.

  • Access into the McGowan Tract will be closed until the river recedes. River levels are predicted to rise over a foot more throughout this week.

Updated 10/18/21 at 10:16 a.m.

  • Access into the Buffalo Swamp Tract may be impacted due to rising river levels. Users should pay close attention to river levels as some roads will likely become impassable as the river rises.

Grand Bay WMA

Updated 7/9/21 at 8:33 a.m.

Griffin Ridge WMA

Updated 10/18/21 at 10:18 a.m.

  • Access in Griffin Ridge WMA may be impacted due to rising river levels. Users should pay close attention to river levels as some roads will likely become impassable as the river rises.

Townsend WMA

Updated 10/15/20 at 10:44 a.m.

Current river level has affected Buck Island, Big Island and Pine Island, making some roads inaccessible.

Updated 10/18/21 at 10:18 a.m.

  • Access in Townsend WMA may be impacted due to rising river levels. Users should pay close attention to river levels as some roads will likely become impassable as the river rises.

Shooting & Archery Ranges

Clybel Archery Range

Updated 7/21/21 at 1:26 p.m.

Archers: A portion of the 3-D Archery Range at Clybel WMA is currently unavailable due to the temporary closure of Greenhouse Lake for maintenance and habitat work. Anticipated work completion date is Fall 2021.


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

Morgan Lake Boat Ramp

Updated 5/27/20 at 9:07 a.m.

The Morgan Lake Boat Ramp is temporarily available to the public between the hours of 6:30 a.m.–8 p.m. After that time, a gate to the area will be closed. The gate may have to additionally close, during the day, when CSX Railroad is receiving loads of materials or equipment as this may be a safety issue for boaters. Note: CSX is replacing pilings on the CSX Bridge that crosses Morgan Lake. This arrangement will continue until CSX is able to complete the piling replacement.

Uvalda Landing

Updated 4/9/20 at 9:14 a.m.

The Uvalda Landing in Montgomery County on the Altamaha River is closed due to GDOT construction. 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.

U.S. 1 Boat Ramp (Altamaha River)

Posted 7/29/20 at 10:50 a.m.

U.S. 1 Boat Ramp on the Altamaha River (Toombs County) is temporarily closed for a bridge-related construction project. Construction is expected to take 28 months. Need to access the river? Anglers may access this part of the Altamaha River at Dean's Landing, located approximately 5 miles upstream from the Appling County side.

Cautions

No cautions at this time.

Upcoming Maintenance & Construction (Ramps Open)

No upcoming maintenance at this time.