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April 15, 2011

Aiken County WMA opens to the public Saturdays in May

Aiken County's Crackerneck Wildlife Management Area and Ecological Reserve will be open to the public on Saturdays during the month of May (7, 14, 21 and 28).

For a detailed map of the Crackerneck Wildlife Management Area and Ecological Reserve, including specific rules and regulations, contact the S.C. Department of Natural Resources office in Aiken County at (803) 725-3663. You may also request maps by e-mail, but please include your name and postal mailing address and send it to caudellm@dnr.sc.gov.

Crackerneck Wildlife Management Area and Ecological Reserve consists of 10,470 acres owned by the U.S. Department of Energy. Crackerneck is in Aiken County along the Savannah River and lies south of the town of Jackson, off SC 125. Access is through the check station gate off Brown Road. The Crackerneck Wildlife Management Area and Ecological Reserve entrance gate will open at 6 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. during open dates: May 7, 14, 21 and 28. All individuals using Crackerneck are required to sign in before entering the area and sign out before leaving. Anyone not following this procedure will be considered trespassing.

Activities such as sight-seeing, bird watching, hiking, nature photography, horseback riding and mountain biking will be allowed. Mountain bikes and horses are restricted to the 50-mile designated road system and selected firebreaks. No weapons will be allowed during May and camping will not be permitted.

Fishing will also be allowed during these open dates. In Skinface Pond, the limit on largemouth bass is set at two per person, per day, 14-inch minimum. Bluegill limits will be the same as state creel—30 fish. Bank fishing opportunities at Skinface are limited so small boats are recommended to improve access and success. Limited fishing opportunities are also available in three swamp lakes, but these require a small boat for access.

No fishing, boating or other uses are allowed in Upper Three Runs Creek.

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