Alerts & Closures

Notice IconGADNR Wildlife Resources Division COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

Updated 01/12/22 at 9:09 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

The Sapelo Island Ferry has resumed its regular operating schedule. The United States Coast Guard (USGS), under direction of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has mandated that masks be worn within the main passenger cabin on public ferries. This mandate is enforced on the Sapelo Island Ferries. Masks are not required for passengers choosing to remain outside the cabin for the duration of the trip. 

All passengers are expected to maintain the 6-foot dispersal recommendation while on the ferry, and it is recommended that you do not travel if you are experiencing symptoms or have recently been exposed to someone with the COVID-19 virus.

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: 4/27/22 at 3:01 p.m..


WMA, PFA, & Hatchery Closures

Map of Regions by Number

Region 1

Berry College WMA

Updated 10/29/21 at 2:47 pm

ATTENTION HUNTERS: Berry College has initiated a construction project to make repairs and improvements at their reservoir.  As a safety precaution, access for the general public is prohibited in the vicinity of the reservoir. Additionally, the roads that are located around the reservoir will not be available for hunters.  Hunters will still be able to access the WMA from Berry Hill Road and can travel to the 4-way intersection on top of Lavender Mountain.  However, they will be unable to make the loop around the reservoir.  If you have questions, please call the Region 1 WRD Game Management office at (706) 295-6041.

Cohutta WMA

Updated 4/1/21 at 3:52 p.m.

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

Coosawattee WMA

Updated 9/27/21 at 4:29 p.m.

  • The handicap access road on Coosawattee will be temporarily closed for road construction

 


 

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 4/25/22 at 8:51 a.m.

The road to the Wildcat Creek Campground from Steve Tate Highway is a rough road and is suitable only for vehicles with high suspensions or four-wheel drive.

Broad River WMA

Updated 4/27/22 at 2:00pm

The Hwy 281 bridge (Wildcat Bridge Rd) over the Broad River will be closed 5/9/2022 at 9am until further notice. This closure will affect motorists attempting to access Broad River WMA from the south.


 

Region 3

Clybel WMA

Updated 03/15/2022 at 11:25 a.m.

The Northern half of the WMA is closed for repairs until further notice.

Clybel WMA: Shooting Range

Updated 01/10/2021 at 2:55 p.m.

Rifle and Pistol Range Users: The rifle and pistol range will be closed beginning Jan. 3, 2022 for maintenance and renovation work. The Shotgun range is remaining open. Expected re-open date is May 2022.


Region 4

Beaverdam WMA

Updated 127/2022 at 4:22 p.m.

Due to high river levels on the Oconee River, Three Bridges Road at the bridges, Boat Landing road and Swamp Cut road will remain closed until further notice.



 

Region 6

Altamaha WMA

Updated 9/16/21 at 12:25 p.m.

Updated 01/10/22 at 3:03 p.m.

  • Access into the Buffalo Swamp Tract may be impacted due to rising river levels. Users should pay close attention to river levels as some roads will likely become impassable as the river rises.

Grand Bay WMA

Updated 7/9/21 at 8:33 a.m.

Griffin Ridge WMA

Updated 01/10/22 at 3:03 p.m.

  • Access in Griffin Ridge WMA may be impacted due to rising river levels. Users should pay close attention to river levels as some roads will likely become impassable as the river rises.

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.

Updated 01/10/22 at 3:03 p.m.

  • Access in Townsend WMA may be impacted due to rising river levels. Users should pay close attention to river levels as some roads will likely become impassable as the river rises.

Shooting & Archery Ranges

Clybel WMA: Shooting Range

Updated 01/10/2021 at 2:55 p.m.

Rifle and Pistol Range Users: The rifle and pistol range will be closed beginning Jan. 3, 2022 for maintenance and renovation work. The Shotgun range is remaining open.  Expected re-open date is May 2022.

Sumac Shooting Range

Updated 01/18/22 at 3:43 p.m.

The shooting range is closed until further notice.


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.

**Boat Ramp Interactive Map Found HERE.

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

Closures

Silver Lake Public Fishing Area: Silver Lake South (Decatur County)

Posted 4/12/2022

The south boat ramp and parking area at Silver Lake PFA will be closed for construction activities beginning Monday, April 18. Closure expected to take approximately six (6) weeks. The north boat ramp and parking area will remain fully open for all visitors to the area.

Ogeechee River Boat Ramp SR4/US1 (Jefferson County)

Updated 2/15/2022

Effective immediately the Ogeechee River Boat Ramp located in Jefferson County at Georgia State Route 4/US Highway 1 is closed due to bridge replacement construction operations. A heavy crane will be placed at the ramp site to facilitate the movement of materials for the bridge project. Currently, a re-opening date for the ramp is unknown. Alternative boat ramp locations on the Ogeechee River are as follows: upstream at State Hwy 88 (Jefferson County), and downstream at State Hwy 78 (Jefferson County).

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.