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October 16, 2015Several WMAs closed due to flooding

Several Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) across the state have been closed.

Two areas, Wateree River Heritage Preserve/WMA and Santee Dam WMA are closed to ALL public access due to flood damage.

Two additional WMAs are closed to vehicular traffic. They are:

  1. Gunter's Island in Little Pee Dee Heritage Preserve - Horry County
  2. Waccamaw River Heritage Preserve - Horry County

Flooding on WMAGates on these WMAs are closed until the roads are safe for travel. Staff will be out assessing damage as soon as it safe for them to do so. Reports from some WMAs include culverts being washed out and roads being covered with fast flowing water.

Even though a gate may be closed hunter's may use the two WMAs only closed to vehicular traffic. Walk in participation for hunters who wish to hunt WMAs that are open for hunting is permissible unless there are signs prohibiting entry. We advise any users that dangerous conditions may exist that DNR cannot predict. Any use of WMAs is done at the risk of the user.

Do not drive around any gates, barricades or road closure signs as these mark areas that are unsafe for vehicle travel. Properties will be opened up to vehicles just as soon as conditions allow.

People with questions about the conditions and access available on an individual WMA can visit the DNR website at www.dnr.sc.gov. Be advised that staff at offices may not have full information until conditions improve and an inventory of damage can be completed.

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