Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, Clybel Wildlife Management Area and Marben Public Fishing Area

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Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, Clybel Wildlife Management Area and Marben Public Fishing Area

Georgia

(770) 784-3059

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Overview

Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center includes Marben Public Fishing Area, Clybel Wildlife Management Area and Preaching Rock Wildlife Education Center

The 6,400-acre Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center and Clybel WMA, managed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, offers a variety of activities and programs. This beautiful area is centrally located in the state in a beautiful wooded setting near Mansfield, Georgia, making it easily accessible from Atlanta, Athens and Macon.

For hours of operation, visit http://www.gofishgeorgia.com or call (770) 761-3014.

Activities

  • Boating

    There is boat access within the WMA to its various ponds.

  • Bird Watching

    The wide range of habitats found at the WMA provide critical habitat for many bird species, both common and rare. Over 200 bird species use these diverse habitats. Therefore, the WMA was designated an Important Bird Area in 2002 by the Atlanta Audubon Society. Bring your binoculars and field guides, and see how many species you can find! Bird Species Checklists are available at the visitor center.

  • Bicycling

    Bicycling is restricted to open, improved roads, designated trails or designated areas.

  • Camping

    The WMA operates a primitive campground with restrooms. 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 7 days. A new campsite may not be re-established within 1 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.

  • 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. For hours of operation, visit http://www.gofishgeorgia.com or call (770) 761-3014.

  • Hiking

    Several miles of hiking trails provide the perfect opportunity to explore various habitats and to view wildlife. Try the 5.6-mile multi-use trail for horseback riding, non-motorized biking and hiking. Hiking trail and multi-use trail maps are available at the visitor center.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horseback riding is restricted to open, improved roads, designated trails or designated areas.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is permitted. Be sure to read up on the hunting season dates and limits, and hunting regulations in the state of Georgia. Contact Georgia DNR for more information, regulations and seasons.

  • Picnicking

    There are many picnic areas located throughout the WMA for visitors to enjoy.

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. For hours of operation, visit http://www.gofishgeorgia.com or call (770) 761-3014.

Directions

Driving

From Mansfield: Take Hwy 11 south 2.7 miles; turn left at WMA Sign; follow signs 2 miles to check station.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(770) 784-3059

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