Beaverdam Wildlife Management Area
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.
Beaver Dam borders the Oconee River and provides a boat ramp with parking area.
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.
Please contact park services for more information.
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.
The trail system, consisting of un-maintained primitive roads, provides a limited hiking network. If hiking off-trail, please take a map and compass.
Deer Archery/Either Sex: Sept. 11-24, Oct. 2-15 [Sign-In]; Firearms/Adult/Child/Either Sex: Sept. 25-Oct. 1 [Sign-In]; Firearms/Either Sex: Oct. 28-30 [Check-In]; Firearms/Buck Only: Nov. 25-27, Dec. 15-18 [Sign-In].
Turkey Mar. 26-May 15 [Sign-In].
Small Game & Furbearers Aug. 15-Sept. 10, Oct. 16-26, Oct. 31-Nov. 23, Nov. 28-Dec. 13, Dec. 19-Feb. 28. Pigeons and pen-raised quail may be used for training pointing, flushing and retrieving dogs in designated areas.
Alligators May be hunted during open archery dates concurrent with the alligator season in accordance with rules and regulations pursuant to alligator hunting.
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.
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.