Hilochee Wildlife Management Area

Amidst rapidly developing private land in Lake and Polk counties is the 9,369-acre Hilochee Wildlife Management Area. Hilochee is within the Green Swamp, a critical hydrologic resource, encompassing the headwaters of the Withlacoochee, Little Withlacoochee, Ocklawaha, Hillsborough and Peace rivers and serving as a major recharge area for the Floridan aquifer.

photo of Peat Lake at Hilochee
Pat Duboise

Although much of the land has been used for citrus groves, timber harvest, ranching and sand mining, it still provides ample recreational opportunities. Here you can hunt for wild hogs, deer or turkey, fish for largemouth bass, catfish and sunfish, or hike and bike along the ample network of roads and fire breaks.

The Osprey Unit, a separate unit of Hilochee located 20 miles southwest of the main unit, is open for hunting, fishing, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, hiking and bicycling.


FWC Facts:
Within 24 hours of hatching, young whooping cranes can follow their parents away from the nest. Together, they forage for plants, insects, snakes, frogs and small animals.

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