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 – Hickory Mound Unit - Access to the Hickory Mound Unit via Cow Creek Grade is temporarily closed due to construction activities. Those wanting to access Hickory Mound Unit can do so by traveling west on U.S. 98 from Cow Creek Grade and then south on County Road 14, then turning east on Mossy Hammock Rd. Construction is expected to take approximately 3 weeks.
  • T.M. Goodwin Waterfowl Management Area - Due to construction projects on area dikes and related improvements to the area the T.M. Goodwin Waterfowl Management Area is closed. 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. However, the FWC does plan to have the area open prior to public hunts.
  • 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.

  • 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 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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