Little Big Econlockhatchee Wildlife Management Area

Managed in cooperation with
Florida Forest Service

 

photo of footbridge across creek
Ben Goldfarb
Footbridge across creek

Little Big Econlockhatchee WMA lies in southeastern Seminole County. This over 7,000-acre area protects seven miles of the Little Big Econ River and associated floodplain forests. This wildlife management area is part of a wildlife corridor of approximately 100 miles along the St. Johns River. River floodplain forests and oak hammocks are home to gray fox, river otter, wild turkey, bobcat, resident and migratory waterfowl, wood storks, wading birds, shorebirds, and numerous upland species including white-tailed deer and turkey. Other common sightings include sandhill cranes, roseate spoonbills, bald eagles, osprey, and hawks. The area is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail. Paddling along the Econ is a favorite pastime with many visitors, and improved canoe launch areas have been established along the river. Primitive camping is available for canoeists. There are three trailhead parking areas for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain bike riding.  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. Other activities available on the area include hunting (Kilbee Unit only), fishing, wildlife viewing, and picnicking.

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 codes. 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 tken onto the WMA beginning 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 with dogs is prohibited, except bird dogs may be used during the small game season. Dogs are prohibited in areas posted as "Closed to Public Access" by FWC administrative codes. 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:
Ospreys, also known as "fish hawks," are expert anglers that like to hover above the water, locate their prey and then swoop down for the capture with talons extended.

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