The Go Outdoors Georgia website is a one-stop location to obtain fishing and hunting licenses / permits (including no cost Harvest Records, HIP and SIP Permits), register, renew, and manage your boat / watercraft registrations, apply for quota hunts, Register for safety education courses, and more!
Georgia's coastal creeks and rivers consist primarily of mud and sand bottoms. With the current velocities produced by daily tides ranging from 6 to 9 feet, this type of substrate often gives way to erosion creating a steep drop-off at the foot of many boat ramps. In addition, many people use their boat engines to push or load their boats onto their trailer. During low tide, such boat loading practices often accelerate erosion at the foot of boat ramps. Therefore, boaters should take caution when launching boats during low tide periods to be sure that the ramp surface extends our far enough to safely back trailers.
In 2019, the Georgia General Assembly passed House Bill 201, which became effective Dec. 31, 2019. This new law allows boater access to coastal Georgia without restrictions on length of stay while maintaining water quality critical to the development of Georgia’s shellfish mariculture. Click the link below for more information about anchorage exclusion areas and vessel waste disposal.
On the state's tidal water bottoms, 130 abandoned or derelict vessels have been identified as non-historic wrecks (vessels that have no significant historical value). These vessels include shrimp boats, abandoned recreational vessels, barges, and cranes. Recently, DNR's Coastal Resources Division began the task of locating, documenting, and cataloging these non-historic wrecks with GIS.
Clean Vessel Act Pumpout Grants and Pumpout Map Locations
The Clean Vessel Act (CVA) of 1992 was signed into law to reduce pollution from vessel sewage discharges, prohibiting the discharge of raw sewage into fresh water or within coastal salt-water limits. The act established a federal grant program administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which to date has awarded nearly $150 million for states to install thousands of sewage pumpout stations.