With nearly 20,000 acres of public hunting land, West Point Lake offers plenty of opportunities for the sportsman. A wildlife management area (WMA) of 6,395 acres located at the north side of the lake provides habitat for many game and non-game wildlife, and may be hunted with archery, firearms, and primitive weapons. This area, operated by the Wildlife Resources Division’s Game Management Section of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, provides the public with excellent hunting. There is also over 30 acres of goose grazing pastures that is open for hunting.
WMA Property. The West Point WMA is comprised of five tracts: Glover’s Creek WMA, 337 acres; Heard WMA, 2,322 acres; Chattahoochee WMA, 6,395 acres; Dixie Creek WMA, 711 acres; and Lakeside WMA, 235 acres. Hunters with a Georgia Wildlife Management Area permit can hunt the WMA seasonally and participate in special quota hunts.
Corps Property. An additional 10,000 acres of hunting lands provided by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers is situated at various locations surrounding the lake. To enhance diversified wildlife habitats, West Point Lake rangers manage these lands through prescribed fire, timber harvests, and planting of food plots and dove fields.
Game includes deer, turkey, doves, quail, waterfowl, rabbits, squirrels, raccoon, bobcats, opossums, coyotes, and more.
Hunting seasons differ between the Corps property and the Wildlife Management Area.
Corps Property. Corps property is open for the entire hunting season. For state hunting seasons and regulations, visit GeorgiaWildlife.com.
WMA Property. The WMAs have specific dates for deer hunting and special quota hunts for turkeys and coyotes. Visit eRegulations.com to view hunting dates and regulations for (1) West Point WMA, which encompasses Heard Area, Lakeside Area, and Chattahoochee Area, (2) West Point WMA–Dixie Creek Area, and (3) West Point WMA–Glover’s Creek Area.
Licenses and Permits
Corps Property. To hunt on Corps property hunters must have a state hunting license as well as a Corps hunting permit. Corps hunting permits can be obtained from the West Point Project Management Office by phone at (706) 645-2937 or in person at 500 Resource Management Drive, West Point, Georgia. The cost for the permit is $20.00.
Hunters do not need a WMA permit to hunt on Corps lands, and, likewise, do not need a Corps permit to hunt on WMA lands. For more information about hunting on Corps property, contact the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers’ West Point Lake Operations Management Office at (706) 645-2937 or online at USACE Mobile District.
WMA Property. To hunt on WMA property at West Point Lake hunters must have a state hunting license as well as a WMA permit. WMA hunting permits can be obtained through the Georgia Department of Natural Resources online, by phone at (800) 366-2661, or through participating merchants. The cost for the permit is $19.
Hunters do not need a Corps permit to hunt on WMA lands, and, likewise, do not need a WMA permit to hunt on Corps lands. For more information about the Georgia Department of Natural Resources West Point Lake Wildlife Management Area call (706) 845-4178 or visit online at GeorgiaWildlife.com, or for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resource Division call (478) 825-6354.
Firearms Shooting Range
The West Point Lake Wildlife Management Area provides a 100-yard shooting range. The range is open on Sundays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and closed on Mondays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Location is 4738 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, Georgia. For more information, visit GeorgiaWildlife.com.