One of the seven warm-water fish hatcheries the DNR manages, the Dawson (Steve Cocke) Fish Hatchery raises fish to be used as stock for bodies of water all across Georgia.
Coastal Plains in Georgia
Cordele is a 160-acre hatchery located in Crisp County. There are 22 ponds that raise channel catfish, shoal bass, largemouth bass, white bass, striped bass, hybrid striped bass and goldfish. Visitors can view this process with the best times being during the spring spawning and fall harvest activities.
From Cordele: Travel approximately 1 mile West on Highway 280. Turn right on Fish Hatchery Road and go 1.5 miles to reach the hatchery.
Bowens Mill Hatchery is located just south of the Wilcox/Ben Hill line in Ben Hill County. It is located 10 miles north of Fitzgerald on U.S. Highway 129.
The River Bend Archery Range is located on River Bend Wildlife Management Area in Laurens County.
The Yuchi Shooting Range is located on Yuchi Wildlife Management Area in Burke County.
Yuchi Wildlife Management Area is a 7,800-acre property located in Burke County. This property offers hunting opportunities for deer, turkey and small game. Camping is allowed in designated sites only.
Tuckahoe Wildlife Management Area is a 15,100-acre property located in Screven County. Bordering the Savannah River, this WMA offers hunting opportunities for deer, turkey and small game. Camping is allowed only in designated sites.
Silver Lake Wildlife Management Area is a 9,200-acre property located in southern Decatur County. This WMA offers hunting opportunities for deer, turkey, small game, quail and waterfowl. The property supports 30 groups of red-cockaded woodpeckers, a significant population of Bachman's sparrows, gopher tortoises, nesting bald eagles and many other high priority species. The property has a 350-acre lake and four smaller ponds with boat ramps and docks.
River Creek, The Rolf and Alexandra Kauka Wildlife Management Area is a 2,437-acre property located between the Ochlocknee River and Barnett's Creek in Thomas County. This property offers unique hunting opportunities for deer, turkey, small game, dove and waterfowl. The property supports populations of Bachman's sparrows, gopher tortoise and other priority species.