May 15, 2015
Although Florida’s boating season never really ends, the traditional start is marked by National Safe Boating Week, from May 16-22.
May 05, 2015
A 10-year plan for the Aucilla WMA will be presented at a public hearing beginning at 7 p.m. May 12 at the Jefferson County Courthouse Annex. The public is invited to attend, ask questions and comment.
April 23, 2015
The public is invited to attend a meeting to review and comment on the Lake Istokpoga aquatic plant management plan for 2015-2016. Representatives from the FWC and Highlands County will be available to answer questions about planned upcoming aquatic plant management activities.
April 20, 2015
Florida law requires completion of an approved course, verified by NASBLA as meeting the national boating education standard, for individuals born on or after Jan. 1, 1988, who operate a motorboat of 10 horsepower or greater.
April 10, 2015
The FWC has scheduled workshops to address possible changes to the boating safety zones affecting vessel speed during flood conditions in the Santa Fe and lower Suwannee rivers. The possible revisions would be within the portion of the Suwannee from County Road 340, going south to Flower’s Buff, and also the Santa Fe, beginning at River Rise and going downstream to the confluence of the Suwannee.
April 09, 2015
The FWC recommends keeping pets away from the water. There are other precautionary measures people should take to reduce the chances of conflicts with alligators and crocodiles and brochures are available at MyFWC.com/Alligator and MyFWC.com/Crocodile.
April 07, 2015
Following the success of its first year, the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing™ campaign is asking boaters and anglers to cast their votes in its 2015 America's Top Family Fishing and Boating Spots Sweepstakes. The sweepstakes features several fishing sites in Florida and aims to increase awareness of great family-friendly parks across the country to get more families out on the water fishing and boating.
April 01, 2015
Boaters can enjoy opportunities to observe one of Florida’s unique species but to avoid colliding with manatees, people on the water should take basic steps such as slowing down, watching out for the animals and complying with regulations in manatee zones.
March 25, 2015
The FWC lifted the idle-speed, no-wake restriction on Zone 5, which runs from River Rise in O’Leno State Park west to the confluence of the Suwannee River. This 32-mile segment is an idle-speed, no-wake zone when the Santa Fe River reaches 17 feet, as indicated on the Three Rivers gauge, where flood stage is 19 feet.
March 12, 2015
Hydrilla is an invasive, exotic, aquatic plant spread easily by boats throughout the state's lakes and rivers. Managing and treating it is necessary for the health of Florida's waters and to enable continued recreational boating and other aquatic activities.