In support of the resource management goals and objectives for the area and to provide a quality experience for all area users, the following recreation activities are allowed.

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Hunting

Caravelle is one of only a handful of wildlife management areas that offer special opportunity dove hunts. These hunts are very popular and draw people from as far away as Tampa and Orlando. A supervised youth hunt is also available on the area. The hog and quail populations are fair. The deer population is good, and the turkey, dove and gray squirrel populations are excellent.

 

Hunting Regulations with Maps and Calendar 

 

Fishing

Largemouth bass, channel catfish, white catfish, and brown and yellow bullheads may be caught on the Ocklawaha River. Fishing is good in May and June between the Rodman Reservoir and St Johns River. Excellent fishing on Camp Branch Creek. Fishing license information.

Wildlife Viewing

Florida black bears are found in the river swamps. The rattling calls of sandhill cranes can be heard along the marshes where they nest. This area is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail. Visit the Wildlife page for more information about the area's wildlife.  You may also request a copy or download or print the Caravelle Ranch Bird List Adobe Acrobat icon.

 

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Hiking

Hiking is available on over 20 miles of multi-use trails. The Florida National Scenic Trail traverses area.

Download the Caravelle Ranch trail guide Adobe Acrobat icon.

Biking

Over 20 miles of multi-use trails.

Horseback Riding

Over 20 miles of multi-use trails; expanded area for parking trailers.  Children under the age of 16 are required to wear a helmet when riding on public lands.  For more detailed information go to Nicole's Law Adobe Acrobat icon.  All horseback riders must have proof of current negative Coggins Test results for their horses when on state lands.

Paddling

Paddlers may put in at the Rodman Dam Road boat launch and paddle approximately 7 miles down the Ocklawaha to the Highway 19 boat ramp. The river traverses extensive hardwood swamp. In the fall, scarlet hibiscus are brilliant along the river edges. A historic landing on the Ocala National Forest on the river's south shore offers a scenic spot to picnic and hike.

Camping

On the WMA, camping is allowed only in the designated primitive campsites Adobe PDF. Nearby, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Greenways and Trails, administers a full-service campground with a boat launch to access Rodman Reservoir. For more information, call (386) 326-2846.



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