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
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