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WMA Road Closure or Accessibility Info

NORTHWEST GEORGIA (Region 1) 

  • Cohutta WMA:

    • Storm damage has created some road issues on Cohutta WMA (see map). The Cohutta Ranger District reports the following issues: temporary gates installed just past Three Forks trailhead and just below Barnes Creek falls. You can get on top of the moutain, but will have to come in from Crandall (FSR 630) or Cisco (FSR 17) and go back out the same way.  Vehicles hauling trailers greater than 15 feet beyond Hickey Gap campground are discouraged.

    • CCC Road is closed (from Emory Creek Parking area to Boatright Valley) due to a rockslide (12-29-15).

    • USFS Landslide Closure Letter

    • Rocky Flats Road (FS 630D) is closed due to storm damage and will re-open when repairs are completed.

  • Zahnd WMA: (posted 9-1-16): South Cedar Lane Gate: 
    • If Gate is open: Drive through to WMA parking area and sign-in kiosk on state-owned land.
    • If Gate is closed, but not locked: You may Open gate and drive through to WMA parking area and sign-in kiosk on state-owned land.
    • If Gate is closed and locked: Contact the GA DNR Game Management Office at 706-295-6041 to report it. WMA users also may park along the road (on state-owned land), being careful to avoid blocking through access for residents and other WMA users. WMA users are allowed to travel along the easement of the road through private land.

NORTHEAST GEORGIA (Region 2) 

  • Chestatee WMA: Boggs Creek Road is open for day use only. 

  • Dawson Forest WMA:Click here for current gate schedule and click here for current trail schedule for City of Atlanta Tract on Dawson Forest WMA (July 1, 2016-Aug. 4, 2017).
    • ALL Gates on Dawson Forest WMA (with any exceptions named below) are closed until hunting begins in the fall. Remaining open:
      • Outer Gate on Grant Road: the Amicalola tract will remain open until NWTF completes the planting on two food plots.
      • Mill Road on City of Atlanta Tract will remain open until June 16, 2016 for access to the "Forks in the River" for anglers and campers.
      • Dawson Forest Road - just past the horse camp on the City of Atlanta Tract - will remain open until June 16, 2016.
      • Access to the horse camp will remain accessible through July 30, 2016 via Dawson Forest Road South Gate.
  • Lake Russell WMA: USFS has closed all gates on Lake Russell WMA until this winter storm passes (as of Jan. 20, 2016).

  • Wilson Shoals WMA: Chimney Rd, Turner Ridge Rd and the lower half of Harwick Rd on Wilson Shoals WMA are closed until Monday (Jan. 25, 2016).  Access is available through Grant Mill Rd, Hunt Camp Rd and the portion of Harick Rd down to the intersection with Hunt Camp Rd.

EAST CENTRAL GEORGIA (Region 3) 

  •  No current road closures

WEST CENTRAL GEORGIA (Region 4) 

  • Beaverdam WMA: Several bottomland roads at Beaverdam WMA will be closed until flood waters of Oconee River recede and roads are suitable for traffic.  These roads include Boat Landing Road; Three Bridges Road (closed at first bridge); and the swamp road between Three Bridges Road and Boat Landing Road.
  • Clybel WMA (Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center):  
    • The 50-yard range is closed on educational Range Days - More information here.
  • West Point WMA: The gate by the Edwards Rd Campground on West Point WMA will be closed until further notice due to a logging operation in progress.

SOUTHWEST GEORGIA (Region 5) 

  • Chickasawhatchee WMA: Flat Loop Bridge remains closed, but is under construction. Alternative routes have been established.  Please see linked map for details.
  • Elmodel WMA: Bridge formerly available on this WMA is permanently closed. Alternative routes have been established.  Please see linked map for details. 

SOUTHEAST GEORGIA (Region 6) 

  • Big Hammock WMA: All three main access gates are now open (dated May 13, 2016).   

  • Grand Bay WMA:  

    • Due to military training needs on the federally owned portion (Hwy. 221 tract) of Grand Bay WMA, that section will be closed to public access on the following dates:2016-17

 COASTAL GEORGIA (Region 7) 

  • Sapelo Island WMA: Upgrades to the Sapelo Hunt Camp dock at Moses Hammock are in progress. Dock access is available but docking space is limited and stream anchoring will likely be required during quota hunts until upgrades are complete. Please come prepared to stream anchor if necessary. Questions? Call WRD Region office at 912-262-3173.

  • WMAs along Altamaha River: Roads within WMAs along the Altamaha River may be flooded and impassable. Proceed with caution and do not drive a vehicle into deep water. These roads may not be gated or listed as closed. Access to the McGowan Lake tract (Altamaha WMA) is limited and access to the lake is closed due to road damage by the rising water levels.

 

 

 


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