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DNR will charge for access to public sites

The public will pay a fee for access to the McDuffie Public Fishing Area and 31 other state properties, beginning Jan. 1.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division made the announcement in a news release and on its Web site,

Beginning in 2012, a Georgia Outdoor Recreational Pass will be required to use 32 properties owned by the Wildlife Resources Division. The full list of effected areas and answers to frequently asked questions can be found on the DNR Web site.

The wildlife management areas and public fishing areas are managed for wildlife and wildlife habitat, and funded mostly by revenue from hunting and fishing licenses. Secondary uses, such as hiking, cycling, caving, bird watching and many other such activities, are also allowed.

The pass will help the Wildlife Resources Division cover the maintenance costs of properties that experience heavy traffic from secondary users.

GORP fees are: 3-day pass, $3.50; 3-day pass plus fishing, $3.50; annual pass, $19; small group (eight people or fewer), 3-day pass, $10; small group annual pass, $35.

The passes can be purchased at, by calling (800) 366-2661 or by visiting a license retail agent, listed on the Web site.

A pass will be required for people ages 16-64. Visitors do not need a pass if they are in possession of a valid wildlife management area license, honorary license, sportsmen's license, lifetime license or three-day fishing/hunting license.

Web posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011

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