Alerts & Closures

Last updated: 7/19/19 at 3:19 p.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.

Northeast Georgia (Region 2)

Chestatee WMA

Boggs Creek Road is open for day-use only.

Dawson Forest WMA

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

  • The following gates have been closed on the City of Atlanta Tract due to extreme wet conditions: Ford Road, Field 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.

Lake Russell WMA

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

All secondary roads are closed on Lake Russell WMA. Foot traffic is welcome.

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.

East Central Georgia (Region 3)

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)

Blanton Creek WMA

posted 4/19/19 at 4:28 p.m.

Marsh Road is closed due to a washed out culvert.

Clybel WMA (Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center)

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

Southeast Georgia (Region 6)

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.

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.
  • The road accessing McGowan Lake boat ramp is open. The road around the lake remains closed until it dries out and repairs can be made.

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 Shooting Range

posted 7/18/19 at 8:28 a.m.

The 50-yard range will be closed for a program on 8/15 from open until noon.

Walton Archery Range

posted 4/23/19 at 8:15 a.m.

The Walton Archery Range is currently undergoing renovations and will be temporarily closed until further notice.


Boat Ramps

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

Closures

Chattahoochee River

(Nov. 2–3, 2019): Not a closure, but an FYI: A 2-day paddle and cleanup (by members and supporters of the Chattahoochee River Keeper) from Georgia Power’s Plant McDonough to Highway 166 Boat Ramp Creek will take place on these days.

Ocmulgee River: Wise Creek

The Wise Creek access on the Ocmulgee River on U.S. Forest Service land in Jasper County is currently 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). The re-opening date is not yet known.

Rocky Hammock Landing Boat Ramp

posted 7/19/19 at 12:21 p.m.

The Rocky Hammock Landing Boat Ramp on Flat Tub WMA is closed for construction. Only the ramp and immediate vicinity are affected; the remainder of the WMA will remain open. Alternate accessible boat ramp locations including the Flat Tub Landing (water levels vary and may restrict usage) in Flat Tub WMA, and the Scuffle Bluff Landing across the river in Horse Creek WMA. Another alternate access point is Barr’s Bluff, about 4–5 miles away on the same side of the river.

Cautions

No cautions at this time.

Upcoming Maintenance & Construction (Ramps Open)

No upcoming maintenance at this time.