The Georgia Department of Natural Resources recently announced the acquisition of a 680-acre recreational tract on the Ocmulgee River in Houston County. Tom Tuggle of Saunders Ralston Dantzler brokered the $1.8 million ($2,750 an acre) transaction.
The Central Georgia property had been zoned for agriculture, but its size and adjacency to the Ocmulgee River made it an ideal candidate to be incorporated into the 13,450-acre Oaky Woods Wildlife Management Area. The land will be used for hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreational activities.
The land transaction was made possible with funds from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and a significant donation from an anonymous benefactor.
Although the brokerage did not name the previous property owner in its news release, Georgia Outdoor News listed the prior owner as Atlanta attorney and avid sportsman James “Jimmy” Paul. According to the website, he bought the land in 1996.
“This is a quality recreational tract with over two miles of river frontage along the Ocmulgee River,” said Tuggle. “I am thrilled to have successfully brokered this deal for my client, and I cannot wait to work on many more conservation projects.”
The addition to the 13,450-acre Oaky Woods Wildlife Management Area gives visitors new access to 2.5 miles of the Ocmulgee River bottom and extends recreational opportunities for both hunting and fishing enthusiasts. Hunting for deer, wild hogs, turkey, and small game will be allowed with proper permissions. Fishing along the river and within its sloughs will be permitted too.
The land tract is also prized for its scenic beauty: At the property’s Buzzard’s Roost location, visitors can gaze down 100 feet into the Ocmulgee River as it runs into the ridge.
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