Caravelle Ranch - Planning Your Visit


Recreational opportunities are available on Caravelle Ranch Wildlife Management Area year-round. In October, there is a supervised youth small game hunt. Paddling on the Ocklawaha River is especially pleasant in the fall when temperatures are lower and scarlet hibiscus are blooming along the banks. Horseback riding, hiking and bicycling are best in the fall and spring on nonhunting days. The Florida National Scenic Trail traverses the area and is open to hikers throughout the year. Spring is an excellent time for birders who may see as many as 15 swallow-tailed kites circling the sky. Fishing on the Ocklawaha is generally best in May and June.

Caravelle Ranch Hunt Calendar
- Year-at-a-Glance

  • Get directions to Caravelle Ranch Wildlife Management Area.

  • See the regulations summary for hours of operation and vehicle use guidelines.

  • Dogs are permitted, but must be kept under physical restraint at all times. Find regulations regarding hunting dogs in the regulations summary.

  • Restrooms are not available at this location.

  • No daily-use permit is currently required. To hunt or fish you must possess the appropriate license and permit.


Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2015 through June 2016)
Archery September 26 through October 4
Special Opportunity Dove October 3 and 10, November 28, December 12 and 26 and January 9 (Shooting hours are from noon until sunset)
Supervised Small Game October 10-18
Muzzleloading Gun October 30 through November 1
General Gun November 14-22
Small Game November 20 through January 10 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday only)
Spring Turkey - Youth March 12-13 (south of the Cross Florida Barge Canal only) (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset)
Spring Turkey March 19-27 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)

(Calendar does not reflect  migratory game bird hunting seasons.)

FWC Facts:
American kestrels nest in cavities that they do not excavate. Instead, they depend on woodpeckers and natural processes to create holes in trees.

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