Silver Lake Wildlife Management Area

Quick Facts

Silver Lake Wildlife Management Area


(229) 430-4254

Map Directions

Things To Do


Silver Lake WMA is in Decatur County was managed by International Paper for more than 50 years as part of the Southlands Experimental Forest. Silver Lake WMA includes 8,398 acres with mature longleaf pine, mixed pine, hardwoods and wetlands. The property supports 19 groups of red-cockaded woodpeckers, a significant population of Bachman's sparrows, gopher tortoises, nesting bald eagles and many other priority species. In addition to its conservation value, Silver Lake offers outstanding opportunities for hunting, fishing, birding, hiking and other recreation.

Map of Silver Lake Wildlife Management Area (GA)

Latitude, Longitude: 30.821032, -84.759264



  • Boating

    Silver Lake provides a beautiful location for boating with 12 boat ramps available throughout the park.

  • Camping

    Please contact the park for information on campgrounds nearby.

  • Fishing

    Silver Lake provides fishing opportunities to visitors to Silver Lake Wildlife Management Area.

  • Hiking

    Many hiking paths are located throughout the park. Please refer to the topographical map

  • Hunting

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

  • Picnicking

    Picnic areas are located throughout the shores of Silver Lake.

Park Partners

The Conservation Fund

The Conservation Fund served as the key partner in this acquisition by acquiring the tract from International Paper and holding the property until DNR could arrange funding. Other partners included the Georgia Land Conservation Program, Decatur County, Association County Commissioners of Georgia, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, Georgia Forestry Commission, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation through the Longleaf Legacy Program, Kirbo Foundation, Nongame Conservation Fund, Georgia Ornithological Society, Woodruff Foundation, Wildlife Endowment Fund, Ducks Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

(703) 525-6300



DIRECTIONS FROM BAINBRIDGE: Take Hwy 253 south 2.7 miles; go left on Ten Mile Still Rd.; travel 6 miles; turn right on Silver Lake Rd.; travel 2.9 miles; turn left onto WMA access road. Check station is 0.8 miles on the right.

Phone Numbers


(229) 430-4254