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: 6/18/21 at 1:45 p.m. ET


WMA, PFA, & Hatchery Closures

Map of Regions by Number

Region 1

Cohutta WMA

Updated 4/1/21 at 3:52 p.m.

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

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 6/3/21 at 1:00 p.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!

Dawson Forest WMA

Updated 3/11/21 at 10:41 a.m.

Road conditions on Dawson Forest WMA and the City of Atlanta tract are fluid. Gates may change status based on weather. For the latest road conditions, please call the Game Management Region 2 Office at 770-535-5700.

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

Posted 6/1/21 at 12:42 p.m.

A portion of Grant Mill Road will be closed for the unforeseeable future on the south end of the WMA. Access to the shooting range from Yonah-Homer Road is still available.


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.


Region 4

Big Hammock WMA

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

The Highway 144 gate is closed due to high water.

Bullard Creek WMA

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

Trussell Road is currently closed.

Oliver Bridge WMA

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

River Road is currently closed.


Region 5

There are no region 5 closures at this time.


Region 6

Altamaha WMA

Updated 4/1/21 at 3:41 p.m.

Ceylon WMA

Posted 6/10/21 at 11:10 a.m.

The main gate at Ceylon WMA is currently closed for road maintenance. We anticipate the gate will reopen on June 21, 2021. The campground and fishing pond are still accessible near the entrance.

Grand Bay WMA

Updated 3/15/21 at 3:10 p.m.

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.

Penholoway Swamp WMA

Posted 6/1/21 at 4:02 p.m.

Visitors to the area should know that roadwork is ongoing on Cogden Lake Road, Oil Well Road, and Hinson Road. These roads may be impassable at times due to the work being done.

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

There are no shooting range closures at this time.


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.

Ochise Landing Boat Ramp (Ocmulgee River, Dodge County)

Updated 6/14/21 at 8:39 a.m.

The boat ramp and parking area in Dodge County on the Ocmulgee River is closed until further notice. Alternate access points in the vicinity also on the Ocmulgee River are Sandy Hammock in Pulaski County (upstream) and Half Moon Landing in Wilcox County (downstream).

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.