Open/Closed Status of FWC-managed Areas

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WMA/WEA and Other Openings

  • Lake Tohopekaliga - The S-61 Boat Lock has been reopened. 
  • Big Bend Wildlife Management Area, Spring Creek Unit - Grantham Grade is open to vehicle access from May 1 to August 31, 2017.
  • Big Bend Wildlife Management Area, Spring Creek Unit - Road repair work on Mule Wallow Spur on Spring Creek Unit has been suspended but will resume at a later date. The road is currently safe for public vehicular travel and Mule Wallow Spur is open. 

WMA/WEA and Other Closures

  • Everglades and Francis S. Taylor, Holey Land, And Rotenberger Wildlife Management Areas - Special regulations are in effect as of 12:01 a.m. on June 14, 2017 and shall remain in effect until rescinded by subsequent order. Due to high water levels associated with recent storm events the special regulations are as follows:
    1. The taking of game as defined in section 68A-l.004, F.A.C. is prohibited except ducks and coot may be taken in accordance with 68A-13.003, and frogging is allowed in accordance with 68A-15.004.
    2. Vehicles, airboats, ATVs and other public access are prohibited, except Conservation Area 2A from the L-35B levee north to the east-west airboat trail and except Conservation Area 3A South east of the Miami Canal between I-75 and the L-67A levee.
    3. This order shall not apply to persons permitted to participate in the statewide alligator hunts, migratory bird hunts, frogging, fishing, or persons operating boats within the established canal systems; however, airboats and tracked vehicles are not permitted for these activities. Access for these activities is limited to vessels only, and participants must maintain a minimum distance of 100 yards from any tree island to minimize disturbance to terrestrial wildlife jeopardized by high water conditions.
    4. Any provisions of Rule 68A-15.064 or 68A- 15.004, F.A.C., which are inconsistent herewith, are hereby superseded.
    • Big Bend Wildlife Management Area, Hickory Mound Unit - Road repair work on Swartz Tram on the Hickory Mound Unit has begun and will be done in two phases.  The portion of Swartz Tram lying between Cow Creek Grade and Coker Road is closed through June 27. When the repairs to this portion of Swartz Tram are complete, the portion of Swartz Tram lying east of Cow Creek Grade will be closed.
    • Aucilla Wildlife Management Area - A portion of Sinks Road is closed due to a sinkhole opening in the road on a natural bridge between two sinkholes associated with the Aucilla River. Signage is placed where the road is compromised, but the public may access Sinks Road from either direction up to this point, providing access to the adjacent sinks for recreation.
    • Lake Tohopekaliga - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission requested the South Florida Water Management District close the S-61 Boat Lock because of navigational safety concerns due to low water levels. The S-61 enables boating navigation between Lake Tohopekaliga and Cypress Lake via the C-35 Canal in Osceola County. Closure is effective 7:30 p.m., Sunday, May 14. The lock will reopen when conditions allow for safe navigation. 
    • Choctawhatchee River WMA, Holmes Creek Unit - The Cotton Landing Recreation Area (including the canoe/kayak hand-launch ramp) will be closed for approximately 9 months for construction and restoration projects designed to improve the area. Cotton Landing is located northeast of Vernon along Holmes Creek. Vehicles will not be able to access Cotton Landing Road and the immediate area around the construction site at Cotton Landing on Holmes Creek will be closed to the public. The remainder of the WMA north of Highway 277 will remain open to pedestrian access for hunting and other allowable recreational activities.
    • Dog Road 21 within Econfina Creek WMA is temporarily closed due to flooding.  Authorized access will be reinstated when flooding subsides.
    • UPDATED 1/19/17 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.
    • Picayune Strand - Due to current conditions, Triple G Loop Road is closed until further notice.
    • 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. 
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