Natural Resources

Welcome to the Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation Division's Natural Resource Management Section. Gwinnett County's Parks and Recreation Division is charged with the comprehensive management of the County's park lands including its forest, lakes, ponds, streams, and meadows. The primary goal behind the natural resource management program is to provide ecologically sound management strategies that foster healthy, diverse, long-term sustainable ecosystems.

The overall approach used in the resource management of Gwinnett County park lands is based on proven scientific methods and strategies. Each component of the division's plans is based upon findings through research, individual site assessments, and conferring with authorities in their respective fields.

We welcome you to visit Gwinnett Parks where wildlife abounds. 

Green Ways & Open Spaces

According to the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) Inventory of Parks and Greenspace, Gwinnett County has 6.01 percent of the total land acreage in the County protected for greenspace (20 acres of greenspace per 1,000 residents).

Comprehensive Waterfowl Management Plan

The Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation's Comprehensive Waterfowl Management Plan (GCPR CWMP) is the first phase of the divisions "Keep Gwinnett's Wildlife Wild!" plan. Kicking off in fall 2011, the plan calls for a public voluntary approach to stop feeding the waterfowl found within Gwinnett County's park system.

The plan, based upon extensive research on the topic, is a scientific fact based plan to achieve several goals. The primary goal behind the plan's operational strategy is to develop a guideline for creating sustainable, manageable, and ecologically diverse populations of waterfowl in Gwinnett County Parks. A second equally important goal is the establishment of criteria for assessing and eliminating invasive and introduced species of waterfowl that are a detriment to the overall habitats vigor. Finally, the third intended outcome of this management stratagem is to improve the overall public health of the areas where waterfowl congregate.

Lake Management & Fishing

Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation holds several lakes that are suitable for fishing for all ages. These lakes abound with a variety of fish including largemouth bass, bream, and catfish. Currently, the resource management team has placed sterile grass carp throughout the lake system in an attempt to control aquatic vegetation. 

Currently, the following Gwinnett parks lakes are designed for fishing: Tribble Mill Park's Lake Ozora and Lake Chandler, Lenora Park, Little Mulberry Park's Lake Miller, Rhodes Jordan Park, Club Drive Park, and Collins Hill Park. All lakes within the Gwinnett parks system follow current Georgia Department of Natural Resources Fishing Regulations. The County's lakes do not allow any type of gas powered motor devices to be placed upon the various lakes. Only manually powered watercraft are allowed on the lakes with the exception of Tribble Mill Park where battery powered motors are allowed.

Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation (GCPR) welcomes geocaching within several of its park sites. In order to better handle the request and provide the stewardship of our park lands, GCPR has developed new procedures for all geocaches placed within a park. The procedures will go into effect starting in June 2012. The new cache system includes a permit application that, once approved, will allow the cache placement in the park.  Any geocache placed in a Gwinnett County Park must have an approved permit before it is placed on lands administered by GCPR. In addition to a geocache permit, groups who want to conduct a short-term, sponsored event may be required to obtain a Special Use Permit for the event.

The decision to move to this permit application system was to create a more equitable system whereas any individual would have the chance to place a cache in our parks system. In addition, the division is developing a Comprehensive Natural Resource Management Plan and within the scope of this plan is the goal to protect and preserve vital ecological areas that would be otherwise impacted from recreational pursuits.