Silver Lake Wildlife Management Area
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.
Silver Lake provides a beautiful location for boating with 12 boat ramps available throughout the park.
Please contact the park for information on campgrounds nearby.
Silver Lake provides fishing opportunities to visitors to Silver Lake Wildlife Management Area.
Many hiking paths are located throughout the park. Please refer to the topographical map
Deer, turkey, small game and furbearers. Contact Georgia DNR for more information, regulations and seasons.
Picnic areas are located throughout the shores of Silver Lake.
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.