Public access to Lake Jackson, most of Prairie Lakes Unit temporarily changing
Friday, November 18, 2011
Media contact: Gary Morse, 863-648-3200
During construction and improvements to water-control structure
G113 at Parker Slough in Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area
(WMA), an approximately half-mile section of Road 16 will be
totally closed near the structure site for about nine months
beginning Nov. 28. As a result, anyone planning to use the Prairie
Lakes Unit south of the G113 structure, including Lake Jackson,
will have to enter from the south off State Road 60 west of Yeehaw
The closure will affect two scheduled hog hunts, the small-game
season, primitive camping and the spring turkey season, plus all
other uses including fishing, boating and hiking on the Prairie
Lakes Unit. Prairie Lakes will remain open as usual, but people may
need more travel time to get to where they want to go.
Hunters still must check-in at either the Canoe Creek or S.R. 60
check station, depending upon where they plan to hunt.
"This will significantly affect user access to much of Prairie
Lakes, since those wanting to access the area south of the G113
structure will have to enter off S.R. 60," said Steve Glass,
district biologist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
For questions on access, call the FWC at 352-732-1225.