Open/Closed Status of FWC-managed Areas

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WMA/WEA and Other Openings

  • Big Bend Wildlife Management Area, Spring Creek Unit - Grantham Grade is open to vehicle access from May 1 to August 31, 2017.

WMA/WEA and Other Closures

  • Holey Land, Rotenberger and Everglades and Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Areas - Because of extensive wildfires burning throughout the WMAs and inordinately low water levels associated with the abnormally dry conditions that have jeopardized wildlife and their associated habitat, special regulations have been established: 
    Motorized vehicles, off-highway vehicles, swamp buggies/tracked vehicles, and airboats are prohibited in Holey Land WMA, Rotenberger WMA and that portion of the Everglades and Francis S. Taylor WMA designated Water Conservation Area 3A North. Canals and associated boat ramps remain open to public access for fishing.
  • The special regulations take effect at 12 a.m. on May 25, and remain in effect until rescinded by a subsequent Executive Order. 
  • 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.
  • Big Bend Wildlife Management Area, Spring Creek Unit - Mule Wallow Spur on the Spring Creek Unit of Big Bend WMA is closed for public safety reasons due to road repairs from damages caused by Hurricane Hermine. To properly conduct the repairs, the entire length of road will be scarified prior to smoothing, new rock dump spread, and the surface crowned and then compacted. This poses safety issues if public vehicular travel is allowed on this narrow road while heavy equipment is working. This closure is effective immediately and remains in effect until May 18 or until repairs are completed and the road is safe for public vehicular travel.  
  • Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area has an extensive duff fire and residual smoke issue due to extensive mop-up/smoke mitigation on a portion of the area. Due to this, Long Bluff Road will be closed to public access. This closure will leave the majority of the area, including the St. Johns River, accessible. This portion of road was previously closed April 12-28. An additional two week closure will extend through May 12. If conditions improve and repairs can be made before this time, the road may be reopened. View map illustrating the closure. icon_PDF.gif

  • Tenoroc Fish Management Area - Repairs to the outflow structure from Shop Lake is scheduled the week of April 17. These repairs require the road leading to Shop Lake and the lake itself be closed to public use Monday, April 17 and Friday, April 21. Repairs should be completed and the road and lake reopened on April 22.
  • 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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