Hunting is permitted in ten specific Corps of Engineers managed areas provided that the hunter has an Allatoona Lake Hunting Permit and a valid hunting license in the state of Georgia. Corps of Engineers permit holders must only use weapons allowed in each area.
Waterfowl hunting does not require the Corps of Engineers hunting permit, but is allowed in the dry lake bed or on the water in a boat on Allatoona Lake according to all federal, state and local hunting laws and Corps of Engineers regulations. Waterfowl hunter pedestrian access is permissible through Sweetwater Campground and Day-Use Area, Upper Stamp Creek Campground and McKaskey Campground after they are closed for the season on Sept. 4. 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 so long as they do not block gates or park in a road right of way.
Wildlife Management Area
The State of Georgia manages a Wildlife Management Area (WMA) of nearly 7,000 acres on the north side of Allatoona Lake providing habitat for many kinds of game and non-game wildlife. (See area number 9 on the Lake Map.) This area, operated by the Game and Fish Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GADNR), offers the public excellent hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities. State licensed hunters with a Georgia WMA stamp are permitted to hunt here seasonally.
To apply for a Corps of Engineers hunting permit contact the Allatoona Lake Project Management Office at (678) 721-6700. To report poaching with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources contact 1-800-241-4113. For more information about the WMA contact the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resource Division at (706) 295-6041 or visit: http://georgiawildlife.dnr.state.ga.us.