Altamaha WMA

The Altamaha Waterfowl Management Area at Altamaha WMA consists of 3,154 acres of managed waterfowl impoundments and some 27,000 acres of bottomland hardwoods and cypress-tupelo swamps. The property offers hunting opportunities for deer, turkey, small game, waterfowl, and dove.

The waterfowl impoundments are in three units. Each unit provides a different type of hunting opportunity:

  • Butler Island provides quota hunting
  • Champney Island provides quota hunting
  • Rhett's Island is reachable only by boat


No waterfowl hunting will be permitted on Butler Island for the 2023 season. Critical repairs to Butler’s impoundment dikes began early in 2023 and have continued as planned all summer. However, frequent storms and wet weather have prevented the dry conditions needed to complete these efforts and make the dike roads ready to support vehicle traffic. The repair and enhancement activities on the Butler Island will be ongoing into the waterfowl season. Not only will this make it difficult or impossible to access our blinds, but the activity on site will also impact how birds use the Butler impoundments. To make the best of the situation, the Butler impoundments will be maintained as dry this waterfowl season, to allow field bed improvements within the impoundments that will enhance habitat for the future. Note - The Champney Island waterfowl quota hunts will be held as scheduled for 2023. If you’ve applied already for Butler Island quota hunts for 2023, you can log into your account at to make changes to your Waterfowl application hunt choices. Customers that do not update their first hunt choice application from Butler Island will be listed as “unsuccessful” and receive one (1) quota priority point for the year.  Applications can be updated until October 16, 2023.

Accommodations & Facilities

  • Boat Ramp
  • Campsites
  • Canoe Access
  • Dock
  • Lake
  • Nature Trails


  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Geocaching — not allowed during managed hunts or before 10 a.m. during turkey season
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Lake Fishing
  • River Fishing
  • Wildlife Viewing

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