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:

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


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.

  • Belmore WMA - Spring Road from East Boundary Road to Raccoon Road remains closed until further notice.
  • Jennings Forest WMA - Tar Flower Road remains closed until further notice.


Non-storm-related WMA/WEA and Other Openings

  • Big Cypress WMA – Due to low water conditions, Zone 4 of the Stairsteps Unit within Big Cypress National Preserve is temporarily closed to airboat access.
  • Chassahowitzka WMA - A hydrological restoration project installing low water crossing on three of the open roads has resulted in the temporary closure of the following roads: South Road, south of the Old Bayport Road intersection (0.8 miles long), Fool's Stand Road (1.4 miles long), and Old Bayport Road (0.8 miles long) are closed until work is completed.
  • Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area PSGHA - Areas 5 & 7 are closed until further notice. Area 6 is open for walk-in only. Areas 2 & 4 can be accessed via boat.
  • Plank Road WMA – Road restoration projects have resulted in the temporary closure of all interior access roads.  The area remains open to non-vehicular access, including bicycles and horses, provided that parked vehicles and/or trailers may not obstruct any road, gate, or firelane.

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