Open/Closed Status of FWC-managed Areas

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Open/Closed Status Related to Storm Activity

 

Note - CLOSURES in the list below supersede any previously existing orders for the area listed. Non-storm-related closures can be found further down on this page.

 

FWC managed and cooperative public areas:

Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail closures External Website.

Note: A list of campground closures related to public land closures is provided by the Florida Forest Forest External Website

 

Northeast Region road/canal/unit closures - The following FWC managed public areas are open to public access but contain additional closures as a result of storm activity. Once reopened, they will be removed from this list.

  • Charles H. Bronson WMA - Road 2 along the County Line canal (~1.25 miles) is closed until further notice.
  • Ocala WMA – This area is open to hunting but many developed recreation sites (excluding the public shooting range) and motorized and non-motorized trail systems are closed until further notice. The South Moon Check Station is closed until further notice.

North Central Region road/canal/unit closures - The following FWC managed public areas are open to public access but contain additional closures as a result of storm activity. Once reopened, they will be removed from this list.

  • Belmore WMA - Spring Road from East Boundary Road to Raccoon Road remains closed until further notice.
  • Camp Blanding WMA - Due to extensive hazardous road conditions caused by flooding, the dog hunt area will be closed through February. Please see the Camp Blanding WMA brochure for details about the rescheduled wild hog-dog season hunts.
  • Jennings Forest WMA - Tar Flower Road remains closed until further notice.

South Region road/canal/unit closures - The following FWC managed public areas are open to public access but contain additional closures as a result of storm activity. Once reopened, they will be removed from this list.

  • Picayune Strand WMA – Some roads and trails remain closed until further notice. Please refer to closure information provided on the Picayune Strand State Forest External Website page for more details.
  • Spirit-of-the-Wild WMA - Trail 4 remains closed until further notice.

Southwest Region road/canal/unit closures - The following FWC managed public areas are open to public access but contain additional closures as a result of storm activity. Once reopened, they will be removed from this list.

  • Green Swamp WMA - The following Special Use Vehicle Roads are closed until further notice: West half of Bull Barn (Levee to west of bridge),  Orange Lake, and Stanley Fish Hole Rd.

Non-storm-related WMA/WEA and Other Openings

  • None listed at this time

Non-storm-related WMA/WEA and Other Closures

  • Big Bend Wildlife Management Area - Hickory Mound Unit: Beginning January 2, 2018, all public access, including vehicles, bicycles, ATVs, and foot traffic, will be prohibited on those portions of Cow Creek Grade, Coker Road, and associated dikes lying south of Swartz Tram.  Those road segments and associated dikes above the water line are being closed to all access for public safety reasons and to secure the construction site during a multi-month construction repair associated with the Hickory Mound impoundment.
  • Chassahowitzka WMA - A hydrological restoration project installing low water crossing on three of the open roads has resulted in the temporary closure of the following roads: South Road, south of the Old Bayport Road intersection (0.8 miles long) is closed approximately 1/31/18-2/5/18, Fool's Stand Road (1.4 miles long) is closed approximately 2/6/18-2/16/18, and Old Bayport Road (0.8 miles long) is closed approximately 2/15/18-2/23/18. Each closed road will be reopened when work is completed.
  • CREW WEA - Due to a restoration project, the following temporary closures are in effect: All hunting and other public access is prohibited on all portions of Flint Pen Strand and Bird Rookery Swamp Units south of Sand Road, west of the western North/South Tram Road, and north of Bonita Beach Road. Additionally, access is prohibited in the portion of Flint Pen Strand Unit located at the northeast intersection of Sand Road and Poorman’s Pass Road, extending north 900 yards and east to County Line Road.
  • Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area PSGHA - Areas 5 & 7 are closed until further notice. Area 6 is open for walk-in only. Areas 2 & 4 can be accessed via boat.
  • Little Gator Creek WEA - Closed through January 31st to complete a habitat management project.
  • Picayune Strand - Due to current conditions, Triple G Loop Road is closed until further notice.


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