"I do not understand how anyone can live without some small
place of enchantment to turn to."
-Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, returning to Cross Creek after paddling
Nestled between the Ocklawaha and St. Johns rivers
is the 27,241-acre Caravelle Ranch Wildlife Management Area with
hardwood river swamps, pine flatwoods, and improved pastures
punctuated with small depression ponds and hardwood hammocks. There
are quota hunts for deer and turkey. Hogs are legal game (along
with a list of other species) during all the hunts except dove and
spring turkey. Horses are welcome, and ample space is available for
Fishing is excellent on Camp Branch Creek, and
opportunities abound for birders, especially in the spring when as
many as 15 swallow-tailed kites may be observed circling the
pastures. The St. Johns
River Water Management District and the Department
of Environmental Protection, Office of Greenways
and Trails, administer portions of the area.
View the Conceptual
for Caravelle Ranch Wildlife Management Area.