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Some parks are experiencing large crowds on certain days. Park staff may temporarily limit access to ensure social distancing and protect the health of the public and our employees. Please understand that admission may be limited for several hours and will reopen once there is available capacity. Click here to read our coronavirus response before visiting because some facilities & activities are limited.

Alerts & Closures

Notice IconGADNR Wildlife Resources Division COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

Updated 5/27/20 at 9:07 a.m. ET

In regard to the status of Georgia’s beaches, the DNR Administrative Order signed by DNR Commissioner Mark Williams expired at 11:59 p.m. on May 6, 2020. The order in a similar or current fashion has been in place since April 3. The department’s safety restrictions were established and implemented in concordance with the Governor’s office as a necessary step to protect the public and a way to help people stay in compliance with the COVID-19 response directives. Even though the administrative order expired as well as the beach usage restrictions, DNR still has Game Warden patrols to comprehensively monitor our beaches for compliance.
 
As we navigate this difficult time, should someone voluntarily leave their shelter, DNR is requiring that everyone on the beaches follow the social distancing directives of maintaining six feet distance from others and the prohibiting of gatherings of more than ten persons. The public is encouraged to report any observed noncompliance by alerting DNR Game Wardens, calling the DNR Ranger Hotline at 1-800-241-4113, or emailing rangerhotline@dnr.ga.gov.

Coastal Beach Administrative Order: 4/14/20


The Wildlife Resources Division remains operational across the state. Administrative offices are open, and biologists and technicians continue to manage wildlife and habitat across the state. Please be advised that any service provided online or by telephone, such as license purchasing or boat registration, must be done though the provided methods below. WRD will assist customers in these processes.

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.

Education Centers, Recreation, Reservations & Programs

WRD continues to provide access to dispersed recreation, such as hunting and fishing, on wildlife management areas and public fishing areas. Education centers and outdoor access to all properties are currently still open to the public; however, WRD advises that everyone follow CDC guidelines before visiting its properties and remain home when sick, with a fever, or following exposure to someone who is sick.

WRD scheduled outdoor events remain in place provided attendees maintain the 6-foot dispersal recommendation.

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: 6/4/20 at 9:06 a.m. ET


WMA & PFA Closures

Map of Regions by Number

Region 1

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 3/25/20 at 9:28 a.m.

The US Forest Service has closed the shooting range as well as all 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).

West Point WMA

Posted 3/19/20 at 8:09 a.m.

The gate at the campground on Edwards Road is currently closed due to a washed out culvert. Hunters can still access the WMA through the Harmony Cemetery gate off of South River Road. A reopening date is not known at this time.


Region 2

Chattahoochee WMA

Posted 4/27/20 at 10:24 a.m.

White Oak Gap Road is closed, due to certain trail closured by the USFS.

Chestatee WMA

Boggs Creek Road is open for day-use only.

Dawson Forest WMA

Updated 6/3/20 at 9:22 a.m.

  • All of the roads on Dawson Forest’s City of Atlanta Tract have been closed as of June 1. This is a standard summer closure for the area allowing for several maintenance projects to be completed. Public access to the horse camp off Dawson Forest Road remains. Dawson Forest WMA’s City of Atlanta Tract is cooperatively managed by the City of Atlanta, the Georgia Forestry Commission and GA DNR.
  • 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.

Swallow Creek WMA

Posted 4/3/20 at 1:37 p.m.

High Shoals and Grapevine Roads access are impacted due to the closure of Indian Grave Gap Road (FSR 283).

Wilson Shoals WMA

Updated 5/18/20 at 9:23 a.m.

  • All secondary roads are closed on Wilson Shoals WMA. Foot traffic is welcome.
  • The state owned portion of Grant Mill Road is currently closed to through traffic from the shooting range north for 1.5 miles. Traffic is not able to use Grant Mill Road to connect from Yonah Homer Road to Old Cornelia Highway in Alto, GA. This closure allows for a timber harvest to be conducted safely along Grant Mill Road. The road will reopen once the timber harvest is completed.

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.

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.

Marben PFA

Updated 5/22/20 at 9:18 a.m.

  • Jasper County has closed Shepherd Pond Road due to the road becoming impassable from hazardous weather conditions. The road will be shut down just at the entrance to Shepherd Pond and at the “S curve” or either at the entrance to Otter Pond. This means the lakes on this road will be inaccessible by vehicle. The road will open once conditions improve for them to make repairs. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Oaky Woods WMA

Updated 5/29/20 at 8:59 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.


Region 4

Beaverdam WMA

Posted 4/21/20 at 10:44 a.m.

Swamp Cut Road is closed due to flooding.

Big Hammock WMA

Updated 4/21/20 at 10:44 a.m.

All roads are closed due to unsafe water levels and flooding.

Bullard Creek WMA

Posted 1/8/19 at 8:24 a.m.

Due to unsafe driving conditions from river flooding, Half Moon Road will be closed until 14 days after the river recedes.

Canoochee Sandhills WMA

Posted 3/18/20 11:07 a.m.

Unusually high amounts of rainfall recently caused significant flooding and damage to roads. As a result, most access roads are closed to vehicular traffic. The area is open for walk-in access hunting or fishing, and once waters recede and roads dry we will assess them for opening.

Ocmulgee WMA

Posted 2/12/20 at 11:18 a.m.

The gates going down to the river are closed due to recent rain.

Oliver Bridge WMA

Posted 2/25/20 at 11:33 a.m.

River Road is closed due to the flooding of the Ogeechee River.

River Bend WMA

Posted 4/20/20 at 10:13 a.m.

Troup’s Lake Road and part of Wood Duck Way are closed on the upper track.


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 4/17/20 at 9:51 a.m.

Grand Bay WMA

Updated 5/4/20 at 9:12 a.m.

Griffin Ridge WMA

Posted 2/19/20 at 2:56 p.m.

Access on Griffin Ridge WMA is limited due to flooding. Please check the online map on our GoOutdoorsGeorgia app for the most up-to-date road closures. Roads will be assessed for damages after the river recedes and reopened when safe.

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 4/21/20 at 1:40 p.m.

Excessive rainfall has affected Buck Island, Big Island and Pine Island, making some roads inaccessible.


      Shooting Ranges

      Big Hammock Shooting Range

      Updated 12/30/19 at 2:57 p.m.

      The shooting range is currently closed due to flooding.

      Clybel Shooting Range

      Posted 5/20/20 at 8:42 a.m.

      Five stand on the Clybel shotgun range is down.

      Mike Commander Shooting Range

      Posted 2/25/20 at 2:59 p.m.

      The range will be closed for renovations starting March 23 for approximately one year. Renovations will include new rifle and pistol ranges at 200 and 25 yards, new shooting pavilions, and a range classroom with bathrooms.

      Richmond Hill Shooting Range

      Updated 5/28/20 at 9:01 a.m.

      Richmond Hill Shooting Range is currently closed for repairs. The range will reopen on July 28.

      West Point Shooting Range

      Updated 4/20/20 at 11:28 a.m.

      The range closed on April 20 to undergo berm renovation. The range is expected to reopen July 15, weather permitting.

      Wilson Shoals Shooting Range

      Updated 6/1/20 at 9:17 a.m.

      • Wilson Shoals Shooting Range is currently closed for renovations.

      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

      Ben Hill County Landing

      Posted 4/30/20 at 9:52 a.m.

      Ben Hill County Landing is closed for repairs. Anglers wishing to access that reach of the Ocmulgee River may do so at Barr’s Bluff Landing in Coffee County or Scuffle Bluff Landing in Telfair 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.

      City of Augusta Lock and Dam Boat Ramp

      Posted 5/29/20 at 8:50 a.m.

      Due to flooding and safety, the lock and dam boat ramp are closed.

      Mayor’s Park Boat Ramp on Lake Chatuge

      Posted 4/4/20 at 4:50 p.m.

      The Mayor’s Park boat ramp on Lake Chatuge is closed. A reopening date has not been established.

      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.

      Shadyfield Landing (Oconee River)

      Posted 4/24/20 at 4:25 p.m.

      The Shadyfield Landing boat ramp is inaccessible due to a county road closure.

      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.

      Cautions

      No cautions at this time.

      Upcoming Maintenance & Construction (Ramps Open)

      No upcoming maintenance at this time.