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Although the marsh is most easily traversed by airboats and tracked vehicles, the network of levees and canals constructed for flood control and water supply afford ample opportunities for recreation.

 

Fishing

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The canals surrounding the area support many species of game fish including largemouth bass and several species of sunfish, as well as catfish and some species of exotic fishes. Popular exotic game fish include the Mayan cichlid, oscar and bullseye snakehead. In addition, the canal system serves as refuge for smaller fish species during periods of severe drought. These forage fish are an important part of the prey base for many species of wading birds. Reference the map of Holey Land WMA to locate boat ramps. Appropriate licenses and permits are required.

 


Hiking and Bicycling

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Hiking and biking can be done on most levees. The levees provide scenic views of the area and opportunities to view wildlife.  See the regulations summary to plan access and routes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hunting

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Hunting of waterfowl, white-tailed deer, feral hogs, alligators, small game and conditional reptiles occurs in the fall, winter and spring. Prescribed burning and tree island restoration programs help maintain and improve wildlife habitat. Appropriate licenses and permits are required. The southern and western forested areas are popular with deer hunters.  Check the calendar and regulations summary for an area map, specific dates and quota permit requirements.

 

 


Wildlife Viewing and Photography

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Canal and powerline levees are good places to view birds and other wildlife. Swallow-tailed kites, red-shouldered hawks, rails and a variety of wading birds, water birds and waterfowl are common. Other native wildlife common in the area include alligators, white-tailed deer and other mammals such as bobcats, raccoons and marsh rabbits. This area is part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. Visit the Wildlife page for more information about the area's wildlife.


Camping

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Camp on the L-5 and Miami Canal levees during hunting seasons and on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during non-hunting periods. See the regulations summary for hunting season dates.

 



FWC Facts:
Florida's official state butterfly, the zebra longwing (Heliconius charitonius) lives in hammocks, swamps & forests, sleeps in groups and returns to the same roost nightly.

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