Open/Closed Status of FWC-managed Areas

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Severe weather or other circumstances have affected areas as described below.
 

FWC Offices

  • No closures at this time.

Wildlife Management Areas, Wildlife & Environmental Areas, etc. 

Due to hazardous flooding conditions, related road damage and to ensure public safety, the following roads have been temporarily closed to vehicle use until land management staff determine that conditions are safe:

  • Big Bend WMA, Spring Creek Unit - Due to road maintenance operations that will result in impassable and hazardous conditions and to ensure public safety, the portion of Swamp Spur Road that extends 0.5-mile north of the intersection with Mule Wallow Spur will be temporarily closed to vehicle use through April 1.
  • Everglades and Francis S. Taylor, Holey Land and Rotenberger WMAs -

    Due to recent rainfall, the FWC has temporarily closed several activities and roads in Everglades and Francis S. Taylor, Holey Land and Rotenberger Wildlife Management Areas.

    The closures apply to vehicles, airboats, all-terrain vehicles and other public access and will remain in effect until further notice to ensure public safety and resources conservation.

    Access is permitted from the L-35B levee north to the east-west airboat trail, as well as the portion of Conservation Area 3A South that is east of the Miami Canal between Interstate 75 and the L-67A levee. Pedestrian access (via Tamiami Trail/U.S. 41 only) is still open to the L-28, L67A, L67C and L29 levees.

    Also, taking of game as defined in section 68A-1.004, FAC is prohibited. This does not apply to persons permitted to participate in the Python Challenge, migratory bird hunts, frogging, or people operating boats within the established canal systems. 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 wildlife.

    Commercial airboat permits for access to Water Conservation Area 3B have been issued since the effective date of the Closure Order. However, these permits will not be renewed after they expire. Current access permits issued will expire 30 days from the date of issuance. Additionally, there will be no access permits issued after March 1.

    Private camp owners in the affected areas may apply for a one-day, daylight-hours-only access permit to secure their camp by contacting the FWC South Regional Office at 561-625-5122. This permit opportunity, which began Feb. 29, will be made available through March 29, 2016.

    This restriction will remain in effect until rescinded by a subsequent executive order.

    If you have additional questions, contact the FWC’s South Regional Office at 561-625-5122. 

  • 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.

  • Apalachicola River WEA - After inspection of road conditions on Apalachicola River WEA, the following roads will remain closed due to high water conditions to vehicular access. ALL Gulf County roads remain closed. Franklin County roads that remain closed include Seven Point Rd., Bay Rd., South Boundary Rd., Pool Hammock Loop Rd., Rattlesnake Hammock Rd., Bee Box Rd., and Graham Creek Rd. The following campgrounds remain closed: Bloody Bluff Rd. and Gardner Landing Rd. However, Butcher Pen and Van Horn campgrounds are open for public access.
  • Salt Lake WMA – A portion of South Lake Run Road, from its intersection with South Lake Run (creek drainage) southeast to its terminus at the southeastern WMA boundary (total of 0.7 miles), will be closed for the entire hunting season. View map illustrating closure.
  • Belmore WMA – Middle Road (the south entrance to this WMA) is closed. An alternate entrance is open at the intersection of East Boundary Road and Bellamy Road (0.4 miles east of the Middle Road entrance)
  • Cary WMA – That portion of Cypress Pond Road from the power line to No Catch Road
  • Gores Landing WMA – A portion of McLemore Road (approx.. ½ mile in length) has become impassible.
  • Raiford WMA – That portion of Shack Road between Deer Road and Gasline Road. The use of 4WD-vehicles is recommended throughout this area.

Attention boaters

If you have received or heard about an email claiming that certain rivers in north Florida will be closed to all outboard activity, be aware that this message is false and was not sent from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). All normally open waterways are still open to the public and no public meetings are currently planned. Accurate and up-to-date information from the FWC is posted on MyFWC.com and on the agency's social media sites, and is sent to subscribers via GovDelivery emails. You can subscribe or modify your subscription at MyFWC/news.

Suwannee River Flood-related Speed Zones

  • All idle-speed, no-wake zones on the Suwannee River have been deactivated as of April 15.

Santa Fe River Flood-related Speed Zones

  • All idle-speed, no-wake zones on the Santa Fe River have been deactivated as of April 25.

Withlacoochee River Flood-related Speed Zones

  • A temporary idle-speed, no-wake zone has been enacted for the portion of the Withlacoochee River between the Interstate-75 Bridge at Silver Lake to the railroad bridge located just east of U.S. 301. Higher-than-normal water levels in the river caused the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to put the temporary zone in place for boating-safety reasons. There are no other restrictions for the remainder of the river or its tributaries.

St. Johns River Flood-related Speed Zones

  • Due to high waters, portions of the St. Johns River in Volusia County are restricted to “idle speed only.” This restriction is in the Astor area from South Moon Canal to the S.R. 40 Bridge.  

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