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#06-101 April 24, 2006

Aiken County wildlife reserve open to public Saturdays in May

Aiken County’s Crackerneck Wildlife Management Area and Ecological Reserve will be opened to the general public on Saturdays during the month of May. Some recreational activities, fishing and scouting will be allowed. No weapons will be permitted during May.

The Saturdays that Crackerneck will be open are May 6, 13, 20 and 27. Approved uses include sightseeing, bird watching, hiking, nature photography, horseback riding and  mountain biking. Mountain bikes and horses are restricted to the designated road system of about 45 miles. Camping will not be permitted.

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. 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. To request maps by e-mail, include name and postal mailing address, and send it to caudellm@dnr.sc.gov.

Skinface Pond Fishing will be allowed at Crackerneck during Saturdays in May. 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 limits, 30 fish. Limited fishing opportunities are also available in three swamp lakes, but these require a jon boat for access. No fishing, boating or other uses are allowed in Upper Three Runs Creek.

Access to Crackerneck is through the check station gate off Brown Road. The Crackerneck entrance gate will open at 6 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. during open dates, May 6, 13, 20 and 27. 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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