water on Ossabaw Island
Ossabaw Island


Chatham County

Ossabaw Island WMA

water on Ossabaw Island
Ossabaw Island
Chatham County

Ossabaw Island is the third largest of Georgia’s Sea Islands and lies along the Atlantic Ocean about 20 miles south of Savannah. The island encompasses over 16,000 acres of tidal marshes and 9,000 acres of high ground. Ponds, salt water creeks, one river and many sloughs, inlets, and beaches make the high ground of Ossabaw a complex of small islands. Broad flat ridges and shallow depressions comprise the western part of Ossabaw (Pleistocene soils), while steep, parallel dune ridges mark the eastern part (Holocene soils).

Ossabaw Island Wildlife Management Area is comprised of 9,000 acres with quota hunts available for deer and feral hog. All hunters must provide their own boat transportation to the island and must access the island at Newell Creek dock on the south end. No motorized vehicles or pets are allowed on the island. Campfires are restricted to provided fire ring areas. No access permitted to Ossabaw Island above the high tide mark unless part of quota hunts. 


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 Hunting Season Dates and Information 


  • Beach
  • Canoe Access
  • Dock
  • Primitive Campsites (only available to selected quota hunters)


  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Geocaching — not allowed during managed hunts
  • Hunting
  • Primitive Camping — only available to selected quota hunters
  • River Fishing
  • Wildlife Watching



Region Office (912) 262-3173

Hunting & Fishing Licenses, Boat Registration 1-800-366-2661



Hunting License, Fishing License or Lands Pass

Purchase License



GPS Coordinates:

N 31.765, W -81.1452