Managed in cooperation with
St. Johns River Water Management District

 

photo of platform on Buck Lake
St. Johns River 
Water  Management District

Buck Lake WMA consists of 9,291 acres adjacent to the St. Johns River in southeastern Volusia County and northwestern Brevard County. The property includes marshes dotted with cabbage palm hammocks, a marsh lake (Buck Lake), pine flatwoods, and scrub. The marshes are the headwaters of Six Mile Creek, which runs southward to the St. Johns River. A 200-acre ridge of scrubby flatwoods and oak hammocks is habitat for scrub-jays, Bachman's sparrows, brown-headed nuthatches, and gopher tortoises. Other animals that may be seen here are otter, white-tailed deer, woodpeckers, owls, bald eagles, alligators, turkey, herons, egrets, and gray fox. The area is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail. Recreational opportunities include hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, hiking, biking (on roads), and horseback riding. White-tailed deer, hog, and turkey hunting are all good on this wildlife management area.  Children under the age of 16 are required to wear a helmet when horseback riding on public lands.  For more detailed information go to Nicole's Law PDF.  All horseback riders must have proof of current negative Coggins Test results for their horses when on state lands. Camping is prohibited during periods open to hunting. During periods close to hunting, camping is regulated by the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD). For additional information, a recreation guide is available from the SJRWMD.

Rules Regarding Dogs

  • For purposes other than hunting, dogs are allowed, but must be kept under physical restraint at all times. Dogs are prohibited in areas posted as "Closed to Public Access" by FWC administrative action. No person shall allow any dog to pursue or molest any wildlife during any period in which the taking of wildlife by the use of dogs is prohibited.
  • Hunting deer or wild holg with dogs is prohibited. Hunting with dogs is prohibited, except bird dogs or retrievers may be used during the small game season. Dogs are prohibited in areas posted as "Closed to Public Access" by FWC administrative action. No person shall allow any dog to pursue or molest any wildlife during any period in which the taking of wildlife by the use of dogs is prohibited. Dogs on leashes may be used for trailing wounded game.



FWC Facts:
The Nature Conservancy's Jay Watch program needs your help! Jay Watch volunteers assist with monitoring populations of the endemic scrub-jay and scrub vegetation conditions.

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