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: 11/20/20 at 9:52 a.m. ET


WMA & PFA 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.

John's Mountain WMA

Updated 6/8/20 at 8:43 a.m.

The US Forest Service has closed developed areas (campgrounds, recreation areas, restrooms and boat ramps).

Rich Mountain WMA

Posted 3/24/20 at 8:47 a.m.

The US Forest Service has closed all developed areas (campgrounds, recreation areas, restrooms and boat ramps).


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.

Dawson Forest WMA

Updated 11/20/20 at 9:52 a.m.

  • All roads on Dawson Forest’s City of Atlanta Tract are currently closed due to severe weather.
  • The gate on Goethe Road is closed until the damage on the field, road and firebreaks can be repaired.

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 10/28/20 at 4:03 p.m.

All roads are currently closed, except access to the shooting range on the south side has been maintained via Grant Mill Road from Yonah Homer Road.


Region 3

B.F. Grant WMA

Posted 2/20/20 at 11:47 a.m.

Bridge closure: Due to serious safety concerns, the bridge on Indian Creek Road has been closed. A reopening date is not yet known.

Oaky Woods WMA

Updated 9/17/20 at 10:19 a.m.

  • The gate leading to the river is currently closed and the road leading to the river is damaged due to heavy rains and high water. The repairs have not been assessed and a reopening date is not yet known.
  • Some roads on the Landfill Tract have been closed due to construction on the landfill.

Region 4

Beaverdam WMA

Posted 10/15/20 at 2:33 p.m.

Three Bridges Road is currently closed due to trespassing and damage to the road. The reopening date is dependent on repairs.


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.

Standing Boy Creek WMA

There is timber damage across the WMA from a tornado. No timber salvage operations could be coordinated. The open roads have been cleared for use.


Region 6

Altamaha WMA

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

Grand Bay WMA

Updated 10/15/20 at 10:44 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.

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.

Morgan Lake WMA

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.

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

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

Baurle Boat Ramp (Augusta Lock & Dam)

Posted 11/9/20 at 11:28 a.m.

The ramp is closed due to flooding. This was an emergency decision made by local officials in Richmond County.

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.

Hwy. 16 Boat Ramp

The Hwy. 16 Boat Ramp and the Fishing Pier located below Wallace Dam on upper Lake Sinclair (Hancock County) closed on Nov. 16 to accommodate work being done on the dam by Georgia Power. The work is expected to take approximately three (3) weeks. Upon completion, the fishing pier and the boat ramp will re-open to the public.

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.