Fees

No Daily-Use Permit currently required. To hunt or fish you must possess the appropriate license and permit.

Facilities

Picnic tables at campground and check station

Map of Caravelle Ranch WMA PDF

Public Access

The area is open to public access year round. Vehicular access is allowed only: (a) from 1 1/2 hours before sunrise to 1 1/2 hours after sunset one day prior to archery, muzzleloading gun, general gun and spring turkey hunts, (b)during the archery, muzzleloading gun, general gun, supervised small game and small game seasons from 5 a.m. until 9 p.m. Daylight Savings Time and from 5 a.m. until 8 p.m. during Eastern Standard Time, (c) during the special-opportunity dove season from 11 a.m. until one hour after sunset and (d) during the spring turkey season from 4:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.  At all other times, public access is allowed only by foot (pedestrian), horseback (equestrian) or bicycle.

Hunting Regulations, Maps and Hunt Calendars

Vehicle use regulations

  • Vehicles may be operated only on named or numbered roads.
  • Parked vehicles may not obstruct a road, gate or firelane.
  • Use of airboats, all-terrain vehicles, tracked vehicles or unlicensed and unregistered motorcycles is prohibited.
  • No motor vehicle shall be operated on any part of any wildlife management area that has been designated as closed to vehicular traffic.
  • A marked footpath called the Florida Trail traverses the area.  This trail is open to hikers throughout the year.

Rules Regarding Dogs

  • For purposes other than hunting, dogs are allowed, but must be kept under physical restraint at all times. No person shall allow any dog to pursue or molest wildlife during any period in which the taking of wildlife by the use of dogs is prohibited. Dogs are prohibited in areas posted as "Closed to Public Access" by FWC administrative action.
  • Hunting with dogs is prohibited except bird dogs may be used during the general gun, supervised small game and small game seasons and on the posted dove fields during the special-opportunity dove hunts. Dogs are prohibited in areas posted as "Closed to Public Access" by FWC administrative action. No person shall allow any dog to pursue or molest wildlife during any period in which the taking of wildlife by the use of dogs is prohibited. Dogs on leashes may be used for trailing wounded game. Hunting dogs may be taken onto the WMA after 8 a.m. the day before the opening of a season and shall be removed by 6 p.m. one day after the end of a season.

Location

Putnam County; from I-95 take exit 88 (SR 40) west to Ocala National Forest. Turn north onto SR 19 to multiple entrances (approximately 20 miles).

From Palatka; take SR 19 south 11 miles to the stone gates at the main entrance of the WMA.

Nearby

Additional wildlife viewing sites in the vicinity.

Ocala National Forest, Ocala Wildlife Management Area, and Etoniah Creek Wildlife Management Area

Nearest Cities/Towns

St. Augustine (40 miles east), Gainesville (40 miles west), Palatka (10 miles north), and Salt Springs (11 miles south.



FWC Facts:
The crested caracara is a resident of the prairies and range lands of south-central Fla. This boldly patterned raptor has a crest, naked face, heavy bill and longish neck and legs.

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