Guana River - Planning Your Visit

Brown Pelican

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Guana River is an excellent place to hike and view wildlife, especially birds, year-round. Temperatures are likely to be cooler and bugs fewer fall through spring. During April and October, especially with a west wind or after a cold front, this is the best place in northeast Florida to see peregrine falcons. In January and February, white pelicans may be observed on Lake Ponte Vedra. On Big Savannah and other ponds you are likely to see wood storks, roseate spoonbills, and other wading birds especially from May through September. Duck hunting season occurs on varying dates in September, November, December and January. The Roscoe Boulevard Extension entrance is open for public access only from sunrise to sunset and closed during scouting, archery, muzzleloading gun, general gun, small game and spring turkey seasons.

Guana River Hunt Calendar
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  • Get directions to the Guana River Wildlife Management Area
  • Order the Guana River WMA Recreation Guide.
  • See the regulations summary for hours of operation, vehicle use guidelines and hunting information.
  • Dogs are permitted, but must be kept under physical restraint at all times. Find regulations regarding hunting dogs in the regulations summary.
  • Restrooms are available at this location.
  • The Department of Environmental Protection charges $3.00 to enter at the dam. No cost for WMA permit holders when hunting or scouting. Six mile boat ramp and Roscoe entrances are free. To hunt or fish you must possess the appropriate license and permit.


Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2015 through June 2016)

October 9-11 and 16-18

Muzzleloading Gun

October 24-26 and October 30 through November 1

General Gun

November 20-22 and 27-29

Small Game

December 4-6, 11-13; January 8-10, 15-17, 22-24 and 29-31

Spring Turkey

March 25-27 and April 1-3 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset)

Does not reflect Federal migratory game bird hunting seasons.

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