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, and  boating (no boat launches are located on the property). This area is a site on the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail.  Children under the age of 16 are required to wear a helmet when horseback riding on public lands.  All horseback riders must have proof of current negative Coggins Test results for their horses when on state lands. Check the regulations summary for information on equestrian access during seasonal hunts. For additional information, a recreation guide is available from the St. Johns River Water Management District.

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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