Guana River - Planning Your Visit

Brown Pelican

Helpful Information

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 and bugs are likely to be more scarce. 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. There is no cost for WMA permit holders. 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 2017 through June 2018)

October 6-8 and 13-15

Muzzleloading Gun

October 21-23 and 27-29

General Gun

November 17-19 and 24-26

Small Game

December 1-3, 8-10; January 5-7, 12-14, 19-21 and 26-28

Spring Turkey

March 23-25 and March 30 through April 1 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset)

Calendar does not reflect migratory game bird hunting seasons; please check the regulations summary for specifics.

FWC Facts:
Whooping cranes mate for life, but they will take a new mate after the loss of the original. The pair will return to use and defend the same nesting and wintering territory year after year.

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