Lake Wales Ridge - Planning Your Visit


Helpful Information

On this WEA, the Lake Placid Scrub tract, Carter Creek tract and Royce Unit are the most accessible tracts and have parking areas and trails. Hunting is permitted on the Royce Unit only. The most comfortable time to visit is during the winter. To see rare plants blooming, visit in late spring or early fall, although some rare plants do flower during summer.

Lake Wales Ridge - Royce Hunt Calendar - Year-at-a-Glance Adobe PDF

  • Dogs are permitted, but must be kept under physical restraint at all times. Regulations regarding hunting dogs on Royce are found in the Royce Regulations Summary.
  • Restrooms are not available at this location.
  • On the Royce Unit, horseback riding is prohibited during periods open to hunting. Special-Use Permits are needed for horseback riding on Carter Creek and Lake Placid Scrub.
  • No daily-use permit is required. To hunt or fish you must possess the appropriate license and permit.


Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2017 through June 2018)
Archery September 22-24 and October 13-15
General Gun November 17-19
Small Game December 8-10, 22-24; January 12-15 and Febuary 2-4
Spring Turkey - Youth March 10-11 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Spring Turkey March 17-19 and March 30 through April 1 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Wild Hog-Still May 5-6 and 12-13

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

FWC Facts:
Black bears originated in North America, and have been here at least 1.5 million years.

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