Explore trails and unpaved roads and enjoy hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing.





Enjoy freshwater fishing opportunities on numerous natural and man-made lakes and ponds, including catches of game fish such as largemouth bass, crappie and several species of sunfish. On the Main Unit, boats with internal combustion engines are prohibited, fishing is by permit only and is restricted to daylight hours on Saturdays and Sundays. Fishing permits are free and may be obtained by calling the Southwest Regional Office at (863) 648-3200. No permits are required for the Osprey Unit; fishing is allowed year-round. Appropriate licenses and permits are required.


Hiking, Bicycling & Horseback Riding


On both units, explore named and numbered roads and trails on foot or by bike or horse. A trail map for the Hilochee Main Unit offers trail options of varying lengths and includes trail connections to Lake Louisa State Park. Note that horses may be ridden year-round on both Hilochee units with the exception that horses are not allowed during wild hog-dog hunts on the Osprey Unit. Check the hunt calendar for dates.






High quality quota hunts are available on the Hilochee Main Unit and Osprey Unit. Quota permits are not required during the small game season. Special-opportunity dove hunts take place on the Hilochee Main Unit; permits are required. For information about the dove fields, refer to the Hilochee Dove Field brochure. Habitats are excellent for turkeys and spring turkey hunts are held with high hunter success rates. Hunters must possess all appropriate licenses and permits, including quota permits. Check the hunt calendars and Main Unit regulations summary and Osprey Unit regulations summary before you visit.


Wildlife Viewing


Hilochee has a variety of habitats that attract diverse birds and butterflies. You may request a copy or download or print the Hilochee Bird List  (main unit). Visit the Wildlife page for more information about the area's wildlife.




FWC Facts:
The oystercatcher is one of the largest and heaviest of Florida's shorebirds. It is striking in appearance: dark brown, black and white, with a bright red bill.

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