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:

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

Northeast 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.

  • Fellsmere Area 1 PSGHA
  • Fort Drum WMA

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.

  • Buck Lake WMA – The entrance at Morgan Alderman Road is closed until further notice. The west entrance off of SR 46 is walk-in only until further notice. The east entrance off of SR 46 is open, but with the following road closures: Road 1 from Six-Mile Creek west and at the SR 46 West parking area, Roads 3,4 and 5.
  • Caravelle Ranch WMA – The following roads are closed 11/9/2017: The last 0.5 mile of Midden Road beyond the posted signage, Rice Field Road at the cable gate and beyond including Spur and Spur A Roads, the west side of Sweetwater Grade where posted “Closed”, all of West T Road, and 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) and the north end of Road 5 (~1.25 miles) are closed through 10/21/17.
  • Dexter Mary Farms Unit/Lake George WMA – Quarter’s Road from Fawn Road north to SR 40 (~1.2 miles) is closed through 10/19/17. Jim’s Road (~1.5 miles) is closed through 11/30/17.
  • Dunns Creek WMA – Access is walk-in only until further notice. Due to additional flooding and road conditions, all vehicular access to this area is temporarily prohibited. 
  • Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area (PSGHA) – Areas 3,5,&7 are closed until further notice. Area 6 is open for walk-in only. Areas 2 & 4 can be accessed via boat.
  • Etoniah Creek WMA – East V Road, Green Camp Road, Scrub Road and the south end of North Cablegate Road are closed until further notice.
  • Herky Huffman/Bull Creek WMA - The northeastern portion of Loop Road from approximately 0.3 miles north of Yoke Branch to approximately 0.4 miles south of Yoke Branch and Small Game Trails 3,4,5, and 7 will remain closed until further notice.
  • Lake George WMA – All or portions of the following roads are closed: Sampson Road (~0.5 miles), Spur Road (~0.3 miles), Buddy Martin Road (~0.9 miles), Pulp Road (~1.8 miles), Robinson Road (~0.5 miles), Old Bubbly Road (~1.5 miles) and Truck Trail 12.
  • Lake Panasoffkee WMA - A section of Jones Creek Trail, 1.8 miles south of the intersection with Triple B Loop, continuing south to its terminus is closed until further notice.
  • Little Big Econ WMA – The SR 46 designated entrance is closed. Road 1 and Road 2 are closed. Road 3 (~1.5 miles) going south from Road 2 and the east end of Road 4 (~0.5 miles) are closed. These closures will remain in effect until 10/21/17.
  • Matanzas WMA - Dupont Road and Kling Road are 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.
  • Rima Ridge Unit/Tiger Bay WMA – A section of Danny Hole road from large culverts west (~0.5 miles) and Haw Creek Road (~1.3 miles) will remain closed through 10/19/17.
  • Tiger Bay WMA – Bear Island Road from Wampee Strand Road west to the powerlines (~1.9 miles) and Clark Bay Road approximately 0.5 miles from Service Road 1007 north to the Clark Bay Subdivision (~0.5 miles) will remain closed through 10/19/17. Dukes Island Road (~3.0 miles) will remain closed through 11/30/17.
  • T.M. Goodwin Waterfowl Management Area – Vehicular access to the Broadmoor Marsh Unit is prohibited through 10/19/17 due to high water conditions. 
  • Upper St. Johns River Marsh WMA - The Moccasin Island Tract (Wickham Road) will remain closed until further notice. The C-54 Canal will remain closed until further notice. 

Northwest 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.

  • Escambia River WMA - Cotton Lake, Bluff Springs, and Williams Lake recreation areas are closed until further notice.
  • Fitzhugh-Carter Tract of Econfina Creek WMA - Area is open to foot access but is closed to public fishing 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.

  • Bayard WMA - All roads are closed until further notice. Access on foot is allowed.
  • Belmore WMA - Spring Road from East Boundary Road to Raccoon Road remains closed until further notice.
  • 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.
  • Cypress Creek WMA - All roads are closed until further notice. Access on foot is allowed.
  • 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. 
  • Osceola WMA - Ocean Pond and Hog Pen Landing campgrounds remain closed until further notice.
  • Raiford WMA - The 0.75 mile portion of Fire Road that lies 0.2 miles east of the intersection with Deer Road to the intersection with Pasture Road remains 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.

  • Everglades WMA
  • Holey Land WMA
  • Keys WEA
  • 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 – The Stairsteps Unit is closed to public access. The Swamp Welcome Center and all campgrounds EXCEPT Midway, Monument, and Burns Lake are closed.
  • Fisheating Creek WMA - Campground facilities will remain closed until further notice. Other local restrictions may apply as posted on-site.
  • 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 - 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.

  • Lower Hillsborough WMA
  • Upper Hillsborough WMA

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 West WMA - Main Line west of Cedar Pocket Road and Cedar Pocket 1.2 miles from Ranch Road to Main Line, are closed until further notice. All designated "Special Use Vehicle" roads are closed until further notice.

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.
  • Dog Road 21 within Econfina Creek WMA is temporarily closed due to wet road conditions. Authorized access will be reinstated as road conditions allow.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Picayune Strand - Due to current conditions, Triple G Loop Road is closed until further notice.


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