1. McDuffie Public Fishing Area
Located in Georgia’s upper coastal plain, McDuffie Public Fishing Area offers anglers 7 ponds ranging in size from 5 to 37 acres. Visitors may fish for Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, and Redear Sunfish while enjoying the longleaf pines and sandy soils. This area also offers opportunities for dove and waterfowl hunting. Waterfowl hunters must check kiosk at entrance gate for information on which ponds are open. Please check the Hunting Regulations for more information.
2. Old Salem Campground
Shut down your phone and be one with nature at this beautiful, full-service campground. At Old Salem primitive campsites, you’ll find peace and tranquillity, and enjoy lovely scenery and nearby communities that are steeped in history. There’s something fun for the whole outdoorsy family including day-use picnic areas, swimming beach and playground, boat ramp, grill and pavilion for events and reunions. We ask all campers to vacate their site by 1:00 p.m. on day of check-out.
3. Paradise Public Fishing Area
Located on 1,351 acres, Paradise PFA boasts 68 lakes totaling about 525 acres. The area is intensively managed for all outdoor enthusiasts and allows anglers to enjoy their day of fishing from boat or land. Fish species include largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, channel catfish, crappie and brown bullhead.
4. Lawrence Shoals Campground
Lawrence Shoals Park, located on Lake Oconee has a full-service campground with water and electrical hookups. We offer picnic table and grill, comfort stations with hot showers, washers/dryers, soft drink machines, ice, pay telephones, R/V dump stations, and camper and boat storage. In addition, the park offers playgrounds, boat docks for camper’s use only, and trails to beach and guest house. Beach and picnic areas boast white sand beaches with marked swimming areas and pavilions with barbecue pits.
5. CEWC Clybel Wildlife Management Area
Located in Mansfield, Clybel WMA sits on 6,400 acres and is home to the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center. Visitors of all ages can find something to do at this WMA, from visiting the nature center to walking the miles of trails. Clybel Wildlife Management Area has diverse habitats that are home to a variety of wildlife. Typical of Georgia’s Piedmont region, you will find old fields, planted pines, mixed pine-hardwood stands and mature hardwood forests. Management practices that benefit both game and nongame species include food plot rotations, mowing, prescribed burning, timber harvest and winter disking. Hunting opportunities include deer, turkey, small game, and dove.
6. Crockford-Pigeon Mountain WMA
This 20,657-acre state-owned Wildlife Management Area is in Northwest Georgia (Walker County). This area features abundant wildlife, miles of trails, unique natural features, and gorgeous views. Hunters consider it a favorite hunting destination for deer, turkey, squirrel, quail, and rabbit. Many protected species call this area home. Locations popular to visit include: Rocktown, Lost Wall, Pocket, Pettyjohn’s Cave, Sawmill Lake, Bluehole Springs, Civil War Wayside. This WMA boasts 5 designated camping areas, numerous trails and trailheads, and historic Mountain Cove. No ATVs on the property.
7. Dawson Forest WMA
The Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area is located in Dawson County. This 25,500-acre property offers hunting for deer, bear, turkey, small game, dove, and waterfowl. There are five sections (tracts) of the WMA, including Wildcat Creek, Goethe, Burnt Mountain, Amicalola, and City of Atlanta. The DNR Wildlife Resources Division owns 15,000 acres of the forest, with the City of Atlanta owning the lower 10,000 acres.
8. Evans County PFA
Evans County Public Fishing Area is a 372-acre area that offers 3 different lakes for anglers to fish for Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Brown Bullhead, Redear Sunfish, Channel Catfish, and Crappie. Lakes Longleaf, Wood and Bidd Sands attract more than 5,000 anglers each year with an additional almost 4,000 guests visiting the PFA. Bidd Sands Lake offers the best opportunities for anglers to get their hands on some bass in the upper end of the lake during the warmer months along with great hybrid bass. Lake Longleaf is best for Crappie halfway through November to March. This PFA also offers opportunities for Quota and Youth waterfowl hunts. Please check the Hunting Regulations for more information.