SC: Aiken County wildlife area will open to the public four Saturdays in March

Aiken County’s Crackerneck Wildlife Management Area and
Ecological Reserve will be open to the public on four Saturdays
during the month of March (3, 10, 17 and 24). Scouting, some
recreational activities and fishing will be allowed. No weapons
will be permitted during March.

Crackerneck Wildlife Management Area and Ecological Reserve is
10,470 acres owned by the U.S. Department of Energy in Aiken County
along the Savannah River and south of the town of Jackson, off SC
125. Access is through the check station gate off Brown Road.

To request 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 the
map by e-mail-please include your name and postal mailing address
and send it to Maps are also available at the
check station where visitors sign in.

Hunters will be able to scout the area prior to the commencement
of spring wild turkey hunts. Anyone unfamiliar with the property,
but interested in hunting the area this season, should take
advantage of these March dates to scout Crackerneck. Habitat
changes resulting from timber harvests, prescribed burning and road
creation make it advisable for even seasoned hunters to also scout
prior to the hunt season.

Some recreational activities will be allowed during these four
Saturdays such as sight-seeing, bird watching, hiking, nature
photography, horseback riding and mountain biking. Mountain bikes
and horses are restricted to the designated 50-mile road system and
to 30 miles of selected firebreaks. Camping is not permitted.

Fishing will be allowed during these four Saturdays, but anglers
are cautioned that ponds are extremely low due to lack of rainfall
and success is expected to be poor. On 8-acre 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 limits-30
fish. Due to low water, more bank fishing opportunities exist than
normal. Small boats are still recommended to improve success.
Fishing will also be allowed in three small lakes within the
Savannah River Swamp, but these require a small boat for access. No
fishing, boating or other uses are allowed in Upper Three Runs

Crackerneck Wildlife Management Area and Ecological Reserve
entrance gate will open at 6 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. during open
dates on March 3, 10, 17 and 24. 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.


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