Alerts & Closures

Last updated: 3/20/19 at 10:30 a.m. EST


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:

  • Rocky Flats Road (FS 630D) is closed due to storm damage and will re-open when repairs are completed.

Crockford-Pigeon Mountain WMA

posted 2/25/19 at 12:47 p.m.

A portion of the Shirley Miller Wildflower Trail is closed. Recent rains have caused another landslide resulting in fallen trees and damage to the boardwalk. We realize this is a difficult decision as peak wildflower season is approaching. However, due of safety concerns, and the need to contain people to the boardwalk to protect sensitive vegetation, only a portion of the boardwalk will be open. Areas marked closed should be considered closed to all foot traffic. This also means that the waterfall will be inaccessible from the bottom. At this time we do not have an estimated reopening timeframe.

Rich Mountain WMA

posted 2/28/19 at 1:37 p.m.

The USFS has closed Cold Mountain Road (FS295) and Rich Mountain Road (FS 338) due to weather related issues on Rich Mountain WMA. At this time there is no estimated timeframe for reopening the road.

Northeast Georgia (Region 2)

Chestatee WMA

Boggs Creek Road is open for day-use only.

Dawson Forest WMA

updated 3/11/19 at 2:54 p.m.

  • The following gates have been closed on the City of Atlanta Tract due to extreme wet conditions: Ford Road, Field Road, Shoal, Shoal Creek gates 71 and 72 at the horse ford, Azelea Road, Powerline Road, Beaver Dam Road. Gate 70 past the horse camp is closed which limits access to all of the other gates on the City Tract.
  • To provide better hunting opportunities without traffic disruption during turkey season starting March 23, 2019, the following roads will be closed:
    • Scenic Gate Road will be open to the middle gate, then closed thereafter;
    • Grant Road will be open to the middle gate, then closed thereafter;
    • Holly Circle Road will be closed.

Lake Russell WMA

Due to current weather conditions, roads are closed on Lake Russell WMA. Foot traffic is welcome.

Wilson Shoals WMA

Due to current weather conditions, roads are closed on Wilson Shoals WMA. Foot traffic is welcome.

East Central Georgia (Region 3)

Camp Creek VPA & Cowart Lake VPA

Due to a City of Atlanta ordinance, the eastern tract of Cowart Lake VPA is unavailable to hunting at this time. Birdwatching, nature photography, and other non-hunting related activities are still allowed.

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.

Redlands WMA

  • DOT has closed a USFS bridge on Skull Shoals Road.
  • The shooting range is closed. Please contact the U.S. Forest Service at 770-297-3000 for more information.

Tuckahoe WMA

posted 2/22/19 at 3:22 p.m.

Multiple roads are closed as of 2/22/19 due to flooding and/or damage by misuse of local off-roading clubs. Gates are closed to affected roads. Currently closed: Powerline Road, Hog Road, Low Swamp Road, Well Road, Buck Flat Road, Blowout Road, Marietta Road, Finch Road, Millers Lake Loop, Table Road, Mimosa Road, Dove Field Road, Hilltop Road, Piney Woods Road, Possum Creek Road and McKinney Road.

West Central Georgia (Region 4)

B.F. Grant WMA

p​osted 1/28/19 12:15 p.m.

Due to lake renovation and restocking, the lake that is part of the M.A.R.S.H. project will not be able to be fished until 2021.

Cedar Creek WMA

posted 3/12/19 at 3:56 p.m.

The spring 2019 turkey season on Cedar Creek and the Little River Tract will run April 6–May 15, 2019. Note that this opening date is two weeks later than the statewide opening turkey season date of March 23, 2019. This season date change is part of ongoing research the University of Georgia and GADNR Wildlife Resources Division are conducting to investigate timing of hunting pressure and its effects on reproductive success, which has been declining throughout the state. Through this research, we are hoping to gain insight to the reasons for this decline in reproduction that will help us to improve turkey populations and hunter success Cedar Creek as well as throughout Georgia.

Clybel WMA (Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center)

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

Oaky Woods WMA

The gate that goes down to the river is closed. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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

updated 3/20/19 at 10:30 a.m.

Recent heavy rains have caused Main Road, Tillman Tract 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.

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.

Lola Tract VPA

A portion of this tract (off Highway 84) is closed due to flooding from the Alapaha River.

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

updated 3/8/19 at 10:06 a.m.

  • 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.
  • McGowan Lake Road is currently closed due to flooding.

Anderson Farms Dove Field

This property is closed indefinitely.

Sapelo Island WMA

The bridge on Sapelo Island WMA is compromised due to the effects of Hurricane Irma. Hunt routes have been modified. There are still fallen and leaning trees. Hunters should proceed with caution.

Townsend WMA

updated 2/28/19 at 11:03 a.m.

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

Shooting Ranges

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. Re-opening is expected for mid-to-late April 2019.

Wilson Shoals Shooting Range

The Wilson Shoals Range is temporarily closed for renovations. Re-opening is expected for mid-to-late April 2019.


Boat Ramps

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

Closures

Baurle Boat Ramp: Savannah River Lock & Dam (Augusta)

The Baurle Boat Ramp has been closed by Augusta EMA due to high and rising water. Expected closure duration is unknown.

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.

Oostanaula River

posted 2/21/19 at 3:22 p.m.

The entrance and parking lot for the Highway 140 boat ramp on the Oostanaula River in Floyd County is flooded. Until conditions are determined safe, the entrance gate to the facility will remain closed and locked. The gate and area will re-open once conditions improve.

Cautions

No cautions at this time.

Upcoming Maintenance & Construction (Ramps Open)

No upcoming maintenance at this time.