Crackerneck announces September dates for public entry

  • Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 8:11 p.m.

Aiken County’s Crackerneck Wildlife Management Area and Ecological Reserve will be open to the public each Saturday during the month of September.

Crackerneck Wildlife Management Area and Ecological Reserve consists of 10,600 acres owned by the U.S. Department of Energy and managed by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. The area is located along the Savannah River and south of the town of Jackson off S.C. 125.

The area will be open for scouting, fishing and some other outdoor activities.

Hunters are encouraged to utilize these open dates to scout the area prior to deer season.

Bikes and horses are confined to the 50-mile road system, and the main roads have wide clearances so shoulders are an option. Several places around Crackerneck are large enough to park several horse trailers.

Fishing will be allowed during this period. Limited bank fishing opportunities exist at Skinface Pond, so small boats are recommended. The bass limit at Skinface is two per person per day with a 14-inch minimum, while the catfish limit is five. Limits on bream are the same as state creel limits.

A couple of swamp lakes are also accessible with small boats and will be open to fishing. Access to Upper Three Runs Creek is prohibited for any reason.

Opportunities also exist for birders to view fall migrants and summer or permanent residents.

There are no hiking trails at present, but the 50-mile road system goes through scenic areas. In addition, hikers can utilize a 30-mile network of firebreaks that will get them off the beaten path. For anyone entering the Savannah River swamp, a compass and or GPS unit are strongly recommended.

Photographers have grand opportunities with wildlife, scenic vistas and forestry, to name a few.

Access is through the check station gate off Brown Road. Maps are also available at the check station where visitors sign in. The SCDNR office on the Savannah River Site can be reached at 803-725-3663.

Hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. All visitors must sign in before entering and sign out prior to leaving.

No weapons are allowed during this period.

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