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South Florida Water Management District


photo of wading birds in flight
South Florida
Water Management District

Kissimmee River PUA consists of more than 30,000 acres along the Kissimmee River from SR 60 south to Lake Okeechobee. Portions of the area are in Glades, Highlands, Okeechobee, Osceola, and Polk counties. Access is primarily by boat and is facilitated by a number of boat ramps within the area. This land is part of the Kissimmee River restoration project authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1992. Kissimmee River restoration is a critical piece in the restoration of Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades. When completed, this project will restore 40 square miles of the river and its accompanying floodplain. Deer hunting is expected to be excellent on this area, and hog and turkey hunting are expected to be good. In the Starvation Slough Special Hunt Area, only archery equipment and muzzleloading guns are allowed. Horses and camping are permitted on certain portions of the area only with a special-use license from the South Florida Water Management District (866) 433-6312.  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.   Bicycles are allowed without permit.  A portion of the Florida Trail traverses the area. Wildlife on the area include white-tailed deer, alligators, wild turkeys, gopher tortoises, and many species of wading birds.

Rules Regarding Dogs

  • For purposes other than hunting, dogs are prohibited.
  • Hunting deer with dogs is allowed during general gun season. Hunting wild hog with dogs is allowed during general gun and small game seasons. Hunting with dogs is prohibited in the Starvation Slough Area before January 23. Hunting deer or wild hog with dogs is prohibited during the archery, crossbow and muzzleloading gun seasons. 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:
Like all North American terns, the least tern has long, pointed wings and a deeply forked tail. It is the smallest of Florida's terns.

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