Dyar Pasture Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

A field sparrow perches on a tree branch, waiting readily for it's mate.

This 60-acre freshwater wetland was originally a cooperative project with the U.S. Forest Service, Georgia DNR, Georgia Power and Ducks Unlimited. Dyar Pasture is a bird sanctuary and a birders paradise.  Outfitted with a dike and water control system to control water levels, the management of this area enables a healthy and sustainable waterfowl habitat necessary for the continued survival of this wetland ecosystem. The area has picnicking and fishing opportunities, a boat launch with access to the Oconee River and Lake Oconee and a short hiking trail, making Dyar Pasture a fantastic place for a day of birding and appreciating a wetland habitat. 
Photos of the area...

Download the Dyar Pasture Brochure. Includes a site map and a plant and animal check list along with other cool information.

A field sparrow perches on a tree branch, waiting readily for it Snowy Egret in all her glory. Boat dock leading to water habitat at Dyar Pasture Men set out for a day of birding on their boat at Dyar Pasture during the fall Portal sign at  Dyar Pasture WMA

At a Glance

Current Conditions:

Please follow social distancing guidelines. We are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from USDA and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.

Operational Hours:   Day use hours Sunrise to Sunset
Reservations: Reservations are not required. Occupancy of sites are on a first come, first serve basis.
Rentals & Guides: None
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Toilets,Parking
Fees Boat Launch and Wildlife Viewing Facilities: $5/vehicle/day
Permit Info: Georgia fishing license and valid boat registration required. Click here for a link to GA Department of Natural Resourses!
Open Season: Year round
Best Season: July to December
Restrictions: Although this is a Wildlife Management Area, there is absolutely NO HUNTING allowed. No Fireworks on the National Forest! Possessing, discharging or using any kind of fireworks or other pyrotecnic or explosive device. 36 CFR 261.52 (f)
Closest Towns: Dyar Pasture is 12.5 miles north east of Madison, GA.
Water: Not available
Restroom: Vault toilet
Passes: The Interagency Senior and Access Passes and the Golden Age and Access Passports are accepted. These passes entitle the pass holder to a 50% discount on camping fees. The Chattahoochee-Oconee Annual forest pass is accepted here. Click here for detailed information on passes!
Information Center: Please call the Oconee Ranger District at 706-485-7110- Office Hours are Monday-Friday 08:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30p.m. excluding holidays 

General Information


From Greensboro GA, take US 278 west for eight miles. Turn right onto Greshamville Rd. Turn right onto Copeland Rd.

Travel approximately 2.5 miles and turn right onto a dirt road through a pasture to the Dyar Pasture Waterfowl Conservation Area.


Parking is available for vehicles and boat trailers.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



Show detail SHOW

Nature Viewing

Hide detail HIDE

Viewing Wildlife

This bird sanctuary is great for birding enthusiasts.  Birds often seen here include Wood Storks, waders, Cliff Swallows, ducks and various other shorebirds.  However, if the summer has had lots of rain, then the water may be too high for waders and they will be hard to spot.

Best Season: The best time of year for birding here is July - December

Viewing Scenery

Wildlife Viewing Trail - Leads from parking to viewing platform, 0.25 mile

Water Activities

Show detail SHOW


Toilets vault toilet
Parking For vehicles and trailers
Boat ramp single paved ramp