Lake Russell Wildlife Management Area
Lake Russell Wildlife Management Area is one of Georgia's many wildlife management areas. This particular WMA is known for it's stellar hiking and primitive camping. Lake Russell Wildlife Management Area is located in northern Georgia. The wildlife management area extends over 17,300 acres. Activities to partake in here include camping, fishing, hiking, picnicking, and hunting. A variety of hunting is available including deer, turkey, bear, small game and furbearers.
There is a designated campground in the WMA but camping is allowed anywhere on WMAs on National Forest lands, except where posted otherwise. Forest Service regulations govern outdoor recreation on WMAs located on National Forest Lands. 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 is allowed on Lake Russell unless otherwise posted. A fishing license only is required to fish on WMAs. A WMA license is not required for anglers possessing a valid 1-day, Honorary/Disability, Sportsman or Lifetime License.
The trail system, consisting of unmaintained primitive roads, provides a limited hiking network. If hiking off-trail, please take a map and compass. For a detailed hiking map for the national forest visitors should stop by the Chattahoochee National Forest headquarters.
Deer, bear, turkey, small game and furbearers. Contact Georgia DNR for more information, regulations and seasons.
Picnic tables are available at the check station and campground.
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 Gainesville: Take Hwy. 365 north; take Toccoa/Lavonia exit, stay on Hwy. 365; go 1.8 miles, turn right on Rock Rd.; go 0.7 mile, turn left on Dicks Hill Pkwy.; go 2.4 miles, turn right on Ayersville Rd. by the Milliken plant; go 0.9 mile, turn left on Check Station Rd.; go 0.5 mile to check station on left.