Aucilla Wildlife Management Area

Aucilla River
David Moynahan

Within the 50,471-acre Aucilla Wildlife Management Area are two rivers offering abundant recreational opportunities. Canoe or kayak on the Wacissa, one of the most pristine rivers in North Florida. Stop to swim or snorkel in one of the many springs that feed the river.

In the spring you'll find hardwood hammock islands covered with zephyr lilies and wild iris. In the late summer scores of swallow-tailed kites gather in the cypress along the river before their migration to South America for the winter.

Hike along the Aucilla Sinks Trail beneath a canopy of oaks, hickory, and magnolia. You'll pass sinkholes and caves created as the Aucilla rises and falls, disappearing underground and resurfacing. The extensive river floodplains provide excellent food and cover for deer and other wildlife.


FWC Facts:
Whooping cranes mate for life, but they will take a new mate after the loss of the original. The pair will return to use and defend the same nesting and wintering territory year after year.

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