Georgia Wildlife Resources Division
2070 U.S. Hwy. 278, SE, Social Circle, GA 30025
Cohutta WMA : Rocky Flats Road (FS 630D) is closed due to storm damage and will re-open when repairs are completed.
Chattahoochee WMA : Can access WMA from north or south, but cannot drive all the way through area due to storm damage. Click here for more info on USFS closures. Martin Branch Road is closed through the summer.
Chestatee WMA : Boggs Creek Road and campground is closed indefinitely due to damage from tornado. Repairs and clearing are ongoing.
Dawson Forest WMA :
CLOSED: Due to the impending winter storm event (as of 2/10/14), the City of Atlanta tract will close beginning at 4 pm (2/10/14). Date of re-open will be determined later in the week based on weather outlook and conditions.
The following roads are currently open for hunter access: Handicapped Road on Amicalola tract, Grant Road outer gate on Amicalola tract, Little Handicap Field Road on City of Atlanta tract and Forestar North Road. Railroad Road on City of Atlanta tract will be open during the first two weeks of 2013 turkey season. Mill Road, although currently closed, will be open sporadically throughout turkey season based on weather conditions.
City of Atlanta Tract open gate schedule: Click here (schedule July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014).
The parking lot to the Amicalola River Access Trail, located on Hwy. 53, temporarily is open (as of 8/30/12). It is scheduled to close again in about a month for the final phase of the parking lot project.
Gate Openings: Amicalola Tract - Handicap Road, Dove Field Road, Rock Cellar, outer Grant Road and Forestar South
Gate Openings: Wildcat Tract - Tobacco Pouch Rd., Honeysuckle Rd., Short Road
Lake Russell WMA : Frady Branch Road closed. Red Root Road: This road is open from Cannon Rd to the SE section near Farmers Bottom. Beyond that is closed indefinitely.
Tuckahoe WMA : Access available to most of the area. However, visitors are encouraged to proceed with caution as many roads may be difficult to traverse due to muddy/slippery conditions. The swamp is flooded. Hunters may also use boats to access additional hunting areas on Tuckahoe.
Chickasawhatchee WMA : Pine Island Road has been repaired and is now open. However, bridges formerly available on this WMA are currently closed (includes bridges on 7 Bridges Road and Flat Loop Road). Alternative routes have been established. Please see linked map for details.
Elmodel WMA : Bridge formerly available on this WMA is currently closed. Alternative routes have been established. Please see linked map for details.
Big Hammock WMA : The Big Hammock gate is closed at the highway due to flood waters from the Altamaha River. Gate will remain closed until water falls below the 9’ mark at the Doctortown USGS gauge for a period of time.
Bullard Creek WMA : The following roads are closed due to damage from recent flood waters: Branches Lake Road and Trussel Road. The county road over Bullard Creek also is washed out and closed until the county can make needed repairs.
Flat Tub WMA : Wet weather has prevented repair work to be done on the new tract of the WMA (Jeff Davis county), but personnel will begin as soon as weather allows. Road work activity will likely extend a few weeks into turkey season 2014, however, it will greatly improve access to the newly acquired property for the future.
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.
Penholoway WMA : Due to the Altamaha River level, the Boyles Island Tract will NOT be accessible by vehicle for the upcoming special hog hunt (March 1-15, 2014). The front gate is closed as it is currently underwater. The WMA is still accessible by boat for the hog hunt. Call 912-262-3173 with any questions.