Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area

Quick Facts

Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area

Georgia

(770) 535-5700

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Things To Do

Overview

This is a 25,000 acre Wildlife Management Area open seasonally. 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. However, horseback riding and bicycling are restricted to the marked trail system only. Horse and bicycle trails and areas may be closed during certain hunting seasons to avoid user conflicts. Specific recreation sites can be closed as needed for management purposes by posting at the site. All WMA visitors are encouraged to wear hunter orange during hunting seasons. Refer to the annual hunting seasons and regulations to determine when specific WMA are open for hunting and what type of hunting is occurring.

Map of Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area (GA)

Latitude, Longitude: 34.426240, -84.231148

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Activities

  • Boating

    The Amicalola River flows through the Amicalola Tract and the Etowah River flows through the City of Atlanta Tract. There are no designated boat launches within the WMA but visitors are welcome to launch canoes or kayaks for enjoyment when water levels are high enough.

  • Bicycling

    Bicycling is restricted to the marked trail system only. Bicycle trails and areas may be closed during certain hunting seasons to avoid user conflicts.

  • Camping

    The only designated campground is in the Wildcat Creek Tract. 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 fishing license only is required to fish on WMAs. A fishing license and a WMA license is required to fish on state Public Fishing Areas (PFAs) and Waters Creek Trophy Trout Stream on Chestatee WMA (see fishing regulations). A WMA license is not required for anglers possessing a valid 1-day, Honorary/Disability, Sportsman or Lifetime License.

  • Hiking

    There are no designated hiking trails within the WMA but visitors are encouraged to explore the WMA roads and forested area.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horseback riding is restricted to the marked trail system only. Trails may be closed during certain hunting seasons to avoid user conflicts.

  • Hunting

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

  • Picnicking

    Picnic tables are located at information points on all tracts.

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 Dawsonville: Take GA Hwy 53 west 6 miles; turn right onto driveway at kiosk; check station is at top of hill.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(770) 535-5700

Links

Comments

Is there a fee to run/hike in Dawson Forest?

Hi Marc,

Thanks for reaching out to us! For more information on Dawson Forest, you can call the park at (770) 535-5700 or visit their website at http://www.georgiawildlife.com. We hope this information is helpful! Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.

I'd like to know the rules for duck hunting in Dawson Forrest. Is there a map of the swamp areas on the property. Is it open all duck season or only on certain days.

 

 

A Migratory Bird Hunting License is required for any duck hunting, which is free and can be acquired when you apply for a hunting license. Duck hunting on managed impoundments at WMAs is by quota only. Hunting is allowed during the daylight hours on specific waterfowl hunting dates. For specific calendar dates and more information on duck hunting visit gohuntgeorgia.com. Please note the Hunting Rules & Regulations book for the 2012-2013 season is not yet posted. Check back to the site regularly for updates.

Hello

could you please tell me where to start if I want to duck hunt? Does this WMA get much pressure from Duck hunters?

THank you

How and where do I check in before I go hunting?  Also, is it permitted to harvest does?

Thanks for your time,


Mike

Only bucks with four or more points (one inch or longer) are legal. The check-in area is at the top of the hill after you pass the entrance kiosk. For more information, visit the Georgia Wildlife Resource Division website or check out the Georgia Hunting Regulations Virtual Guide.