Alerts & Closures

Last updated: 5/20/24 at 10:35 a.m.


WMA, PFA, & Hatchery Closures

Map of Regions by Number


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.

Chestatee WMA

Updated 1/11/24 at 3:13 p.m.
Forest Service has temporarily closed Boggs Creek Road (FS Road #443) due to road damage.

Dawson Forest WMA

Updated 4/9/24 at 2:29 p.m.
Shoal Creek Road bridge is closed for the foreseeable future. Access to Azalea Ridge Rd and Powerline Rd is available from the northern end of Shoal Creek Road.

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.

Elbert County WMA

Updated 12/02/22 at 11:42 a.m.
Vaughter Tract Ponds are closed to fishing for restocking purposes and will reopen July 1, 2024.

Wilson Shoals WMA

Updated 2/07/24 at 9:30 a.m.
All roads in Wilson Shoals except for the road to the shooting range and Grant Mills Rd. are closed until further notice.


Region 3

Cybel WMA/Marben PFA

Updated 4/17/23 at 11:03 a.m.
The Clybel/Charlie Elliott public campground is closed due to renovations. Tentative reopening will happen in spring 2024.

Updated 10/16/23 at 4:15 p.m.
Lake Margery at Marben PFA is currently closed to all access (fishing/boating). The lake has been drained for maintenance. When complete, the lake will be allowed to refill. Once water is at appropriate levels, fish stockings can occur. Potential re-opening date for this lake is Fall 2024.


Region 6

Altamaha WMA

Updated 9/16/21 at 12:25 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.

Updated 1/17/24 at 10:11 a.m.
The Road to McGowan Lake tract is closed due to rising river level. It will remain closed until the river recedes.

Grand Bay WMA

Updated 7/9/21 at 8:33 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.

The automatic gate to the Grand Bay WMA boardwalk and lookout tower is open from 6 a.m.–8 p.m. daily and during classes at the Education Center. Anyone in that area after 8 p.m. may be locked in and is subject to being ticketed by the GADNR Law Enforcement Division.

Townsend WMA

Updated 1/17/24 at 10:11 a.m.
Roads accessing portions of Townsend WMA may be flooded by the Altamaha River during times of high water. WMA users should use caution and make appropriate plans anytime the Altamaha River level at the Doctortown gauge is above 7ft. Check the National Weather Service for up to date levels.


Education Centers

Charlie Elliot Wildlife Center

Updated 4/17/23 at 11:03 a.m.
The Clybel/Charlie Elliott public campground is closed due to renovations. Tentative reopening will happen in spring 2024.

Updated 10/16/23 at 4:15 p.m.
Lake Margery at Marben PFA is currently closed to all access (fishing/boating). The lake has been drained for maintenance. When complete, the lake will be allowed to refill. Once water is at appropriate levels, fish stockings can occur. Potential re-opening date for this lake is Fall 2024.


Shooting & Archery Ranges

Big Hammock Shooting Range

Updated 2/28/24
Effective immediately, the Big Hammock Shooting Range is permanently closed. Frequent flooding necessitated long closures of this shooting range much of the year and inhibited maintenance of the facility. After consultations with shooting range specialists, the decision was made to close the facility, recycle the lead in the range berm, and return the soil to its original condition. The two nearest open DNR public ranges are Richmond Hill (to the east of Big Hammock) and Bullard Creek (to the west of Big Hammock). Other opportunities to shoot can be found at https://www.wheretoshoot.org/.


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

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

Closures

Savannah River Lock & Dam Boat Ramp (Baurle) (Richmond County)

Updated 5/24/2024

The Savannah River Lock and Dam Boat Ramp (Baurle) in Richmond County is closed, effective immediately, through May 26, 2024 due to a scheduled air show. The public may direct questions to the Augusta-Richmond County Administrator’s Office at (706) 829-7472. 

Ogeechee River Boat Ramp SR4/US1 (Jefferson County)

Updated 8/10/2023
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. A re-opening date for the ramp is yet to be determined. 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).

Cautions

No cautions at this time.