Open/Closed Status of FWC-managed Areas

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 WMA/WEA and Other Closures

  • 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 desiged 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.
  • Tenoroc Fish Managment Area, Lake B South Ramp The south ramp on Lake B is scheduled for replacement, with work beginning Monday, January 23 through Thursday, February 23. The new ramp should be completed and open for public use on Friday, February 24. The north end boat ramp on Lake B will remain open.
  • Cecil M. Webb Public Shooting Range on the Babcock/Webb WMA will be closed Jan. 9-10 for renovation.

  • Dog Road 21 within Econfina Creek WMA is temporarily closed due to flooding.  Authorized access will be reinstated when flooding subsides.
  • Caravelle Ranch Wildlife Management Area - A portion of Rice Field Road, all of West T Road, and Sweetwater Grade west of Uncle Bud's Grade are closed. Rice Field Road will reopen after the flooded portion has dried and been cleared. Sweetwater and West T will reopen upon completion of culvert repairs.
  • Everglades Wildlife Management Area - The FWC has rescinded an executive order issued in September that established special restrictions to portions of the Everglades and Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area. The order once again permits normal public access to all of the Everglades and Francis S. Taylor WMA. Deer hunting and the general gun-vehicle season remain canceled per Executive Order 16-21.
    If you have additional questions, contact the FWC’s South Regional Office at 561-625-5122.
  • 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.
  • Lake George WMA - Attention Archery Season Hunters - The St. Johns Water Management District has announced that the Heart Island Conservation Area and the Lake George Conservation Area of the Lake George WMA (areas east of Highway 17) will have contractors working with heavy equipment to rehabilitate firelines from the recent wildlifes during the archery season. If you hunt these areas during the archery season, you could encounter disturbance and traffic associated with this work. The attached maps illustrate the areas where work activities will be taking place: Heart Island map 1Heart Island map 2Lake George map 1Lake George map 2.
  • Everglades and Francis S. Taylor, Holey Land and Rotenberger WMAs - The taking of deer is prohibited for the 2016-17 Archery, Muzzleloading Gun, and General Gun – Walk seasons; and the General Gun-Vehicle/Airboat seasons are canceled. South Florida experienced an unusual and extended high water event this past dry season, which severely impacted these three WMAs.  This action is being undertaken to ensure continued deer hunting opportunities in the future.  All applicants for the track vehicle and airboat permits will have their previous preference point status restored.  Under these special regulations, these areas will remain open to public access and recreation. Please contact FWC’s South Regional Office at 561-625-5122 if you have any questions. Thank you for your understanding of this situation and support of FWC.
  • 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 during the entire 2016-17 waterfowl hunting season due to construction projects on area dikes and related improvements to the area. Effective immediately, 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 closure.


FWC Facts:
According to the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife-Associated Recreation, 66.1 million people engage in wildlife observation, spending about $38.5 billion per year.

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