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USACE hunting permits issued at Allatoona Lake

Published Aug. 22, 2012

MOBILE, Ala. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Allatoona Lake Project Management Office has

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Allatoona Lake Project Management Office has

issued all of its allocated 400 permits for the 2012-2013 hunting season.

Hunting area maps are no longer incorporated in the permit package, but hunters may visit to view and print maps found under the hunting tab. In addition,

hunting distance has been increased from 100 to 500 feet away from any structure or developed area

(i.e. open parks, park buildings, houses, etc.) Regulations and updates for USACE hunting permits are

also available via the Allatoona website.

USACE follows all hunting regulations, season dates and bag limits set by the Georgia Department of

Natural Resources each year for small game, deer and turkey seasons. This hunting permit system

does not affect the use of the Allatoona Wildlife Management Area operated by GADNR’s Game


There are nine USACE areas open to hunting this season at Allatoona Lake: (1) Bartow Beach Road;

(2) Clark Creek; (3) Etowah River; (4) Kellogg Creek; (5) Webster’s Overlook; (6) Big Oaks; (7)

Macedonia; (8) Mill Creek; and (9) South Bethany. All these areas are open to deer hunting (archery

only), but only Bartow Beach Road, Webster’s Overlook and Macedonia are open to small game and

turkey hunting and the use of authorized firearms. All firearms are prohibited and only archery deer

hunting is authorized for the six remaining areas.

“Our permits require small game and turkey hunters to use shotguns loaded with a number four (#4)

shot and smaller,” Jonathan Wise, a park ranger at Allatoona Lake, said.

Hunting for all areas is closed Sept. 22 for the annual Great Allatoona Lake Cleanup.

With the exception of Webster’s Overlook, all other areas remain open to the general public throughout

the year. Because of this, park rangers at Allatoona Lake encourage everyone to use caution.

“We remind hunters and non-hunters alike that these are multi-use areas and ask them to show

courtesy and practice safety while using the property,” Wise said. “Non-hunters are encouraged to wear brightly-colored clothing to increase their visibility for safety.”


Waterfowl hunting does not require the USACE hunting permit and is allowed in the dry lake bed or in a

boat on Allatoona Lake according to all federal, state and local hunting laws and USACE regulations.

Waterfowl hunter pedestrian access is permissible through Sweetwater Campground and Day Use

Area; Upper Stamp Creek Campground; and McKaskey Campground after these areas close Sept. 4

for the season. Shotguns must be unloaded and cased while inside these closed recreation areas.

Hunting or shooting less than 500 feet from any structure is prohibited anywhere on the Allatoona Lake

Project, including structures in closed parks. Overflow vehicle parking areas will remain open and may

be used by hunters as long as they do not block gates or park in a road right of way.

Questions concerning hunting opportunities at Allatoona Lake can be addressed by calling the USACE

Allatoona Lake Project Management Office at 678-721-6700. Visitors are encouraged to report unlawful activity at any time to GADNR’s Turn in Poachers, or TIPS line, at 1-800-241-4113. General questions about hunting in Georgia should be directed to the GADNR at 706-295-6041.

Lance D. Davis

Release no. 12-020