Lochloosa Wildlife Management Area

Managed in cooperation with
St. Johns River Water Management District

 

photo of eagle landing on nest
Eagle landing on nest

Lochloosa WMA surrounds Lochloosa Lake in southeastern Alachua County and helps protect the water quality and species diversity in the watershed. More than 11,000 acres of pine plantations and water oak and live oak ridges provide habitat for large populations of bald eagles, osprey, and wading birds. Eighteen listed species live within the area, including Florida black bear, fox squirrel, eastern indigo snake, wood stork, and sandhill crane. Recreational opportunities include hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, canoeing, boating, and primitive camping (with permit outside of hunting season). This area is a site on the Great Florida Birding Trail.  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. For additional information, a recreation guide is available from the St. Johns River Water Management District.

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 dogs may be taken onto the WMA after 8 a.m. the day before the opening of a season and shall be removed by 6 p.m. one day after the end of the season. Hunting deer with dogs is allowed. Hunting wild hog with dogs is prohibited. 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.



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