River Bend Wildlife Management Area

  • 1945 Highway 199, East Dublin, GA, United States
  • (478) 272-4002
  • Visit Website
  • Hours:
    Open 24/7
    Hunts are from dusk to dawn

Located just 0.2 miles off I-16 on Exit 58, experience a breath of fresh air while hiking, birding, hunting, fishing and primitive camping at River Bend Wildlife Management Area in Dublin, Georgia. If its nature in the raw you seek, River Bend WMA delivers with true seclusion, natural beauty, and wild creatures galore.

Hunting

IMG_2588Managed for seasonal hunting by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division, River Bend Wildlife Management Area hosts scheduled hunts for deer, turkey, hogs, small game, and waterfowl. Hunts are held one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.

Fishing

Formed by a clear-water spring that flows up at the swamp’s edge, Troup’s Spring Lake provides ample stock of bass, bream, and other game fish. A paved boat-ramp allows easy access to the pond, as well as hiking trail access to Pugh’s Creek, which features pristine creek fishing conditions.

Boating

A paved kayak and canoe ramp is available near Troup’s Spring Lake. Boating is available 24/7.

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Birding

Bird watch anytime at River Bend. The Georgia Ornithological Society and the DNR maintain the South Tract habitat specifically to support the Swainson’s warbler, and this area has the largest known concentration in the state. Swainson’s warblers may be heard (but rarely seen) at cane thickets near stream crossings at various points along the trails.

Watch these interesting species sighted at River Bend:

  • Swainson’s Warbler
  • Prothonotary Warbler (aka Swamp Canary)
  • Hooded Warbler
  • Acadian Flycatcher
  • Red-Eyed & Yellow-Throated Vireos
  • Woodpeckers – Pileated, Red-Bellied, Red-Headed, Downy, Hairy, Sapsucker, Northern Flicker
  • Brown-Headed Nuthatches
  • Ruby-Crowned Kinglets
  • Yellow-Billed Cuckoos
  • Yellow-Breasted Chats
  • Indigo Buntings
  • Red-Shouldered Hawks
  • American Kestrel
  • Blue-Grey Gnatcatcher
  • Barred Owl

More Fun

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Other amenities near check station in North Tract include:

  • Primitive camping area: Open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. RVs are welcome anytime without reservations, as are tents and hammocks
  • Accessible restrooms with showers: Open to the public 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
  • Dog training area: Open to the public 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
  • Archery range: Open to the public 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
  • Hunt cleaning facilities
  • Waterfowl impoundment area with boardwalk and scenic overlook maintained by Ducks Unlimited: Open to the public 24 hours a day 7 days a week

For more information, visit http://riverbendwma.com or call Dublin’s local DNR wildlife experts at 706-318-0401..

Directions:

For GPS/Map Apps use 1945 Hwy. 199 South, East Dublin, GA

From Dublin, take I-16 East to exit 58 (Hwy. 199). Turn south and go 0.2 miles. Road to check station is on the right.

River Bend Wildlife Management Area

1945 Highway 199, East Dublin, GA, United States

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