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: 2/26/21 at 3:37 p.m. ET


WMA, PFA, & Hatchery Closures

Map of Regions by Number

Region 1

Allatoona WMA

Posted 8/5/20 at 8:46 a.m.

The Army Corps of Engineers are conducting timber harvests over the next several weeks in the Abernathy Road area.

Cohutta WMA

Updated 5/28/20 at 4:01 p.m.

  • Mooneyham Road on the west side of Cohutta close to the Tennessee border is closed until further notice due to a landslide.

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.

Burton Trout Hatchery

Updated 1/4/21 at 11:16 a.m.

  • Burton Trout Hatchery's visitor hours have changed temporarily due to renovation. The hatchery is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., and closed on weekends. We are looking forward to these updates and hope you are too!
  • 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.

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.

Wilson Shoals WMA

Updated 2/16/21 at 12:27 p.m.

  • Lost Corner Road is closed to provide more huntable acres in that portion of the WMA. A portion of the road may be reopened in the future with the installation of a new gate.
  • Due to excessive rainfall and saturated soils, all roads are closed until further notice. Exceptions include Grant Mill Road from Yonah Road to allow access to the shooting range.

Region 3

Di-Lane WMA

Posted 2/26/21 at 3:37 p.m.

Midbrook Pirate Road is closed at Steiner Branch due to an unstable culvert crossing.

Marben PFA

Posted 1/4/21 at 9:02 a.m.

The boat ramp at Shepard Pond has been lowered to work on habitat and population management. Please use at your own risk.


Region 4

Beaverdam WMA

Updated 2/26/21 at 3:03 p.m.

Due to rising river levels, Swamp Cut Road and Three Bridges Road at the double gates are currently closed.

Big Hammock WMA

Posted 2/19/21 at 10:05 a.m.

The Highway 144 gate is closed due to high water.

Posted 2/19/21 at 3:48 p.m.

The Big Hammock Shooting Range is closed due to flooding.

Bullard Creek WMA

Posted 2/15/21 at 12:50 p.m.

Trussell Road is currently closed.

Horse Creek WMA

Posted 2/19/21 at 10:05 a.m.

Horse Creek WMA is closed due to poor road conditions caused by heavy rains.

Oliver Bridge WMA

Posted 2/15/21 at 12:50 p.m.

River Road is currently closed.

River Bend WMA

Updated 2/26/21 at 3:03 p.m.

Current road closures include Perimeter Road on the upper tract; Jake Lake Road and Beacham Lake loop on the lower tract.


Region 5

Chickasawhatchee WMA

Posted 4/7/20 at 11:04 a.m.

Pine Island Road going through Chickasawhatchee WMA will be closed between Highway 62 and just south of the Mike Commander Shooting Range. These areas can still be accessed through Mud Creek Road and Dunn Lott entrances. This area will be closed for the duration of construction of the new Mike Commander Shooting Range.


Region 6

Altamaha WMA

Updated 2/16/21 at 2:05 p.m.

Grand Bay WMA

Updated 1/4/21 at 11:02 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.
  • Due to heavy rainfall, the Grand Bay boardwalk is closed. Water is over the boardwalk and is currently up to the parking lot of the education center.

Griffin Ridge WMA

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

Access to Low Road is limited due to road damage from flooding and fallen trees.

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.


Shooting Ranges

Big Hammock Shooting Range

Posted 2/19/21 at 3:48 p.m.

The shooting range is currently closed due to flooding.

Mike Commander Shooting & Archery Ranges

Updated 6/5/20 at 11:05 a.m.

The ranges currently closed for renovations until approximately March 2021. Renovations will include new rifle and pistol ranges at 200 and 25 yards, new shooting pavilions, and a range classroom with bathrooms.


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 Lock and Dam (Richmond County)

Posted 2/16/21 at 1:03 p.m.

The Bauerle boat ramp is closed until further notice.

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.

Lake Lindsey Grace (Wayne County)

Posted 2/26/21 at 1:16 p.m.

The double-lane boat ramp on the SW corner of Lake Grace will be closed for several weeks beginning Monday, March 1, 2021. This ramp is located near the dam of the lake and will be closed for construction related activities at the property. Two other boat ramps operated by Wayne County currently exist on the lake and are available for anglers and other recreational users. A re-opening date has not yet been determined.

Morgan’s Bridge Boat Ramp (SR204, Ogeechee River, Bryan County)

Posted 2/22/21 at 11:49 a.m.

Morgan's Bridge boat ramp is closed due to flooding related hazards associated with operating the facility.

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.