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.

  • Caravelle Ranch WMA – The following roads are closed until further notice: Sweetwater Grade where posted “Closed”, all of West T Road, the west end of Horseshoe Road where posted and all of Deep Creek Road beyond the weather station.
  • Charles H. Bronson WMA - Road 2 along the County Line canal (~1.25 miles) is closed until further notice.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Salt Lake WMA – The following roads are closed until further notice due to flooding: Bear Bluff Road (0.25 miles east of the intersection with Snake Creek Grade), Snake Creek Grade, Boar Road, Switchgrass Road and South Lake Run Road.
  • Tiger Bay WMA – Dukes Island Road (~3.0 miles) will remain closed until further notice.
  • Upper St. Johns River Marsh WMA - The Moccasin Island Tract may be accessed via boat only. Access from Wickham Road will remain 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 is closed to public access until further notice. Sufficient repairs are not expected to be completed until January at the earliest.
  • Cary WMA - Cypress Pond Road from Chicken Farm Road to No Catch Road, Powerline Road north of Big Oaks Road, and Grassy Road from Basin Road to Monticello Road remain closed until further notice.
  • Four Creeks WMA - Five Mile Road east of Saul's Landing Road and Four Creeks Road east of Cabin Road are closed until further notice.
  • Hatchet Creek WMA - The 1 mile portion of Two-bridge Road extending from the intersection with SR 26 is closed until further notice. A temporary vehicle access point is available off of SR 26, 1.1 miles east of the designated entrance (west side of the creek).
  • Jennings Forest WMA - Tar Flower Road remains closed until further notice.
  • Lochloosa WMA – Multiple roads and portions of roads are posted onsite as closed until further notice. 

South Region - The following FWC managed public areas are closed. Upon reopening, they will be removed from this list. Some public areas are open but may contain additional road/canal/unit/etc. closures as a result of storm activity. You can review these closures below by WMA.

  • Holey Land WMA
  • Rotenberger WMA

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.

  • Big Cypress WMA – Zones 3 and 4 of the Stairsteps Unit as well as the Midway Campground will reopen Friday, December 1st at sunrise. Most campgrounds are now open with the exception of Mitchell Landing and Pinecrest which are closed due to high water levels. Loop Road is currently closed between the Miami-Dade and Collier County line.
  • Everglades & Francis S. Taylor WMA – The L4 and L5 levee roads are closed west of the Harold Campbell Public Use Area until further notice. Public access is prohibited in the rest of the area except:
    1. Airboats are prohibited, except airboats may be operated in Conservation Area 2A from the L-35B levee north to the East-West Airboat Trail and in that portion of Conservation Area 3A South located east of the Miami Canal between 1-75 and the L-67A levee. 
    2. Motor vehicles, swamp buggies, tracked vehicles, and ATVs are prohibited.
    3. Vessels, other than airboats, may be operated in established canals (except for those canals adjacent to or accessible from the L4 and L5 levees which are closed to public access).
    4. Take of wildlife is prohibited, except licensed and permitted individuals may participate in the Statewide Alligator Harvest Program, waterfowl hunting, fishing, frogging and/or non-native reptile removal. Persons participating in these activities may operate vessels, other than airboats, to access the area but shall maintain a minimum distance of 100 yards from any tree island or levee to minimize disturbance to terrestrial wildlife.

  • Holey Land WMA, Rotenberger WMA, STA 5/6 - The L4 and L5 levee roads are closed west of the Harold Campbell Public Use Area until further notice.
  • 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.

  • Babcock Ranch Preserve - Cut-Off Road is closed until further notice.
  • 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

  • Lake Tohopekaliga - The S-61 Boat Lock has been reopened.

Non-storm-related WMA/WEA and Other Closures

  • Big Bend Wildlife Management Area - Hickory Mound Unit: All roads are open, except for the portions of Cow Creek Grade and Coker Road lying south of Swartz Tram (effectively closes Hickory Mound Impoundment to vehicular traffic. Foot, bicycle, and non-motorized access is allowed.) The public should exercise caution when walking through the woods while hunting, wildlife viewing, etc. in the storm damaged areas as there are a large number of downed trees, leaning trees, and trees with limbs or trunks broken up high that are hanging.
  • Cary WMA – During October 21, the designated entrance at Pavilion Road (off US 301) will be closed due to a Florida Forest Service public event in the zone closed to hunting (see Cary WMA brochure map; near the Cary State Forest Headquarters). To provide alternate vehicle access off US 301 on October 21, the entrance to Big Oaks Road (off US 301) will temporarily be open as a designated entrance. On October 22, the Pavilion Road entrance will reopen and temporary access onto Big Oaks Road from US 301 will no longer be available.
  • 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 PSGHA - Area 3 will be closed to all public access until further notice due to construction projects on area dikes and related improvements to the area. Under the provisions of 68A-15.004(9) (a) F.A.C., this area will remain closed to public access until the improvements are completed. View map illustrating the closureicon_PDF.gif
  • Picayune Strand - Due to current conditions, Triple G Loop Road is closed until further notice.


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