Georgia Outdoor Recreational Pass
GORP areas are normally open for recreational use year-round. If you already have a qualifying license, a GORP is not needed to participate in non-hunting and fishing activities. View additional GORP exemptions.
 
Note: Areas may be closed to entry or to certain activities due to hunting events being scheduled and other various reasons. Click here to find out if an area is closed to any recreational activities before planning your visit. It will also be posted at the wildlife management area check station or at a specific recreation site.


 


General Information

Effective January 1, 2012, a Georgia Outdoor Recreational Pass (GORP) is required to use 31 properties managed by Wildlife Resources Division for non-hunting and fishing activities. (In all, Wildlife Resources manages more than 100 properties. GORP affects only one-third of the wildlife areas statewide). If you already have a WMA license, a GORP is not needed to participate in non-hunting and fishing activities.
 

Who needs a GORP?

31 sites (listed below) require a GORP for visitors ages 16-64 to use properties for activities other than hunting or fishing. For hunting and fishing, appropriate licenses will be needed. Depending on what type of hunting or fishing license is held, a GORP may or not be additionally required.
 

Who does not need a GORP?

  • Youth ages 15 and under.
  • Adults 65 and older.  
  • Individuals who have a valid WMA License, Honorary License, Sportsmen’s License, Lifetime License or Three-Day Hunting and Fishing License. 

Where is a GORP needed? (List of Areas)

The 31 affected properties are Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and Public Fishing Areas (PFAs). Each is managed for wildlife/fish habitat and development and funded mostly by revenue from hunting and fishing licenses. Other uses, such as hiking, cycling, caving, bird watching and many other such activities, are also allowed. 
 
Please note: a GORP is not the same as a ParkPass (required for Georgia State Parks locations). To purchase a ParkPass, click here.
 

Why is a GORP needed?

The new access pass provides for users including hikers, birders, cyclists and horse-riders to help cover maintenance at designated WMAs, PFAs and Natural Areas. That work has been funded mostly by hunters and anglers.
 
“As budgets have become tighter over the last few years, maintenance funds have been stretched thin,” says Dan Forster, director, Wildlife Resources Division. “Hunters and anglers have been paying the bill through state license fees and federal excise taxes to maintain these properties. However, other users contribute to the general wear and tear of the sites, too. The GORP revenue will be directed to long overdue maintenance projects such as roadways, trails, parking lots and other facilities.” 
 
To see how GORP dollars are being spent, CLICK HERE.
 

When a GORP / WMA / GORP Plus or Hunting / Fishing License is needed

Activity

Location

Resident Under 16

NonResident Under 16

Resident 65+

NonResident 65+

16-64

Access Only

GORP WMAs inc. all PFAs
(GORP or WMA Priv. Req'd.)1

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

GORP or WMA

Non-GORP WMAs
(No License Requirements)

None Required

None Required

None Required

None Required

None Required

Hunting2

GORP WMAs inc. all PFAs
(Hunting plus WMA Priv. Req'd.)

Exempt

Hunting Priv. Req'd for Big Game Only3

Sr.  Lifetime License

Hunting plus WMA Privilege Req'd

Hunting plus WMA Privilege Req'd

Non-GORP WMAs
(Hunting plus WMA Priv. Req'd.)

Exempt

Hunting Priv. Req'd for Big Game Only3

Sr.  Lifetime License

Hunting plus WMA Privilege Req'd

Hunting plus WMA Privilege Req'd

Fishing2

GORP WMAs inc. all PFAs
(Fishing plus WMA Priv. or 3-Day Fishing Req'd.)

Exempt

Exempt

Sr.  Lifetime License

Fishing plus WMA, or 3-Day Fishing Req'd

Fishing plus WMA, or 3-Day Fishing Req'd

Non-GORP WMAs
(Fishing Priv. Req'd.)

Exempt

Exempt

Sr.  Lifetime License

Fishing Priv. Req'd

Fishing Priv. Req'd

 


Where can I buy a GORP?

Purchase a GORP here. You can also call 1-800-366-2661 or visit a license retail agent. Please note, that similar to other recreational licenses, a transaction fee is applicable ($2.50 for online, $3 for license vendor and $5 by phone). 
 

How much is a GORP license?

  • Individual 3-Day: $3.50*
  • Individual Annual: $19
  • Small Group,* 3-Day: $10**
  • Small Group,Annual: $35**

Transaction fees apply ($2.50 online, $3 at retail outlets, $5 over the phone).

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* Options available at purchase

** Small Group Pass

  • The Small Group Pass allows the purchaser to take up to 8 people, including self, to a property. 
  • The Small Group pass is nontransferable. 
  • The purchaser must keep the pass on his/her person. 
  • Rangers will ask individuals for their licenses. To show compliance, the group should stay in the same general area as the pass holder; OR the purchaser should provide the license number printed on the GORP pass to each member of his party. It is also advised to carry photo identification. 
  • TIP: When you purchase your GORP online, a PDF of the license is produced. You can save this PDF and print it as needed. 
  • The Small Group pass is not intended for commercial outfiitters/guides, educational groups or nonprofit groups. These groups should contact their Regional Game Management office to arrange for a Right of Entry agreement.

 


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