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Alligator hunting on portion of Kissimmee River closed, boating access closed

News Release

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Media contact: Gary Morse, 863-227-3830

Due to dangerous high-water conditions and strong current from Tropical Storm Isaac, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has closed the Kissimmee River and all boat ramps leading to it from the S-65 to S-64E water-control structures. The affected portion of the river runs south from State Road 60, to about seven miles north of Lake Okeechobee.

Alligator hunters will have to postpone their hunting until the river reopens to navigation. KICCO Wildlife Management Area and the Kissimmee Public Use Area remain open for all permitted recreational activities, except that boat access is temporarily prohibited from the river while it remains closed.

For more information about closings and reopenings affecting FWC-managed areas and FWC offices, go to MyFWC.com/DisasterPlan and select “Open/Closed Status.” You can also check SFWMD.gov for additional information and updates regarding the Kissimmee River closing.



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