Beaverdam Wildlife Management Area

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Beaverdam Wildlife Management Area

Georgia

(229) 426-5267

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Overview

The Beaverdam WMA consists of 12,000 acres in Wilkinson and Laurens counties. The Laurens County tract, which lies at the Fall Line along the northern edge of the Coastal Plain, offers the opportunity to experience one of the best stands of mature bottomland hardwood on the entire Oconee River. This area has been referred to as the Great Oconee Swamp. The swamp occurs at the point below the flow of the river across the Fall Line. The forest overstory is dominated by oak species, including water, willow, cherrybark, swamp chestnut, and overcup. Other prominent canopy trees are beech, sweetgum, sycamore, baldcypress, and tupelo gum. The understory is characterized by switch cane and palmetto. Big Sandy Creek runs along the northern end of the tract. A small oxbow lake called York's Dead River lies toward the southern end of the property.

Map of Beaverdam Wildlife Management Area (GA)

Latitude, Longitude: 32.699994, -82.945962

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Activities

  • Boating

    Beaver Dam borders the Oconee River and provides a boat ramp with parking area.

  • Camping

    There are two primitive campgrounds in the WMA. All camps must be in designated campgrounds, unless otherwise indicated or posted at the WMA check station. Camping or driving motor vehicles upon wildlife food plantings is prohibited. Camping or establishment of a campsite shall be limited to a period of time not to exceed 14 consecutive days unless the campsite is vacated and all personally owned property or physical features of the campsite are removed for a period of not less than seven days. A new campsite may not be re-established within one mile of the vacated campsite. Loaded firearms are prohibited in camping areas, except for those with a valid weapons carry license. Campers are responsible for their own trash.

    No person shall unreasonably disturb or annoy others through abrasive, insulting, or threatening words or actions, or disobey any lawful order of a law enforcement official, or act in a manner resulting in a breach of the peace. No generators, musical instruments, radios, televisions, or other noise-making devices may be used after 10 p.m. or before 7 a.m. EST, in such a manner that they may be heard by other WMA visitors.

  • Climbing

    Please contact park services for more information.

  • Fishing

    Unless otherwise posted, fishing is allowed on WMAs according to statewide regulations. A WMA license is not required for anglers possessing a valid 1-day, Honorary/Disability, Sportsman or Lifetime License.

  • Hiking

    The trail system, consisting of un-maintained primitive roads, provides a limited hiking network. If hiking off-trail, please take a map and compass.

  • Hunting

    Deer, turkey, small game, furbearers and alligators. Contact Georgia DNR for more information, regulations and seasons.

Seasonality/Weather

Camping, pre-season scouting, hiking, picnicking, canoeing, and other recreational uses are allowed year-round, unless otherwise posted at the WMA check station or at a specific recreation site.

Directions

Driving

From Dublin: Take US 441 north 4.5 miles; turn right on Old Toomsboro Rd., go 7.5 miles to WMA sign; turn right on Oconee Church Rd., turn at WMA sign.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(229) 426-5267

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