Few places in Florida can match Fisheating Creek WMA for its range of activities and wilderness setting.
Enjoy fishing anywhere along the creek either from a boat or along the bank. These tea-colored waters are home to bass, crappie, catfish and bream, as well as the nonnative armored catfish and tilapia. Reference the map for the boat ramp location and carry appropriate licenses and permits.
Hiking and Bicycling
Find the best year-round hiking and bicycling on the east side of the WMA off SR 78. A four-mile interpretive trail offers creek and wildlife views and a look back into centuries-old Fort Center. During dry, winter weather, continue west to Cowbone Marsh, where wading birds are common. Two beautiful trails – Paradise Lake and Knobby Knee – are located off of US 27 near Palmdale (Knobby Knee trailhead is located in the campground). Trails are prone to seasonal flooding; the January through May period offers the driest conditions.
Fisheating Creek meanders through banks lined with cypress and oaks. Expect to see numerous alligators and a variety of birds. Rent a canoe in the campground or launch your own from the campground or the Main Street access. Fisheating Creek Outpost offers a livery service with two drop-off points upstream of the campground, creating options for an 8-mile trip (from Burnt Bridge) or a 16-mile trip (From Ingram’s Crossing). Water levels vary widely; check current conditions before planning your paddling trip.
March is the busiest month for hunting, with excellent spring turkey hunts, including a supervised youth turkey hunt. Except for special-opportunity spring turkey hunts, hunting is only permitted west of U.S. 27. Hunting conditions and boat access depend on water levels, which vary considerably. All hunts except small game require quota permits. Check the regulations summary and calendar before you visit.
Fisheating Creek WMA is an excellent place to view wildlife year-round. Wading birds, hawks, osprey and owls are common. White-tailed deer and Osceola turkey are frequently spotted and alligators are prevalent. Large numbers of migratory swallow-tailed kites gather here in late summer. This area is part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. Visit the Wildlife page for more information about the area's wildlife.
Primitive camping is permitted year-round throughout the area. For full hook-up RV sites and primitive campsites within the concession-operated Palmdale campground, visit Fisheating Creek Outpost. The campground offers restrooms, showers and a camp store. During established hunting seasons, individuals are encouraged to camp at the Palmdale campground or at designated sites along Fisheating Creek. Weekends and cooler months are the busiest, so plan accordingly.