In support of the resource management goals and objectives for the area and to provide a quality experience for all area users, the following recreation activities are allowed.



Hunting of waterfowl, white-tailed deer, and feral hog occurs in the fall and winter. Water levels play an important role in deer population dynamics and have a major influence on deer hunting opportunities each year. The Commission conducts annual deer recruitment and population index surveys, and manages the deer population on a sustained-yield basis by recommending annual harvests based on the population index.


Hunting Regulations, Maps and Hunt Calendar




The canals surrounding the area support many species of game fish including largemouth bass, bluegill and other species of sunfish, as well as catfish and several species of exotic fishes. 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. Fishing license information.


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South Florida Water Management District
White-tailed deer

Wildlife Viewing

Canal and powerline levees are good places to view wildlife. Swallow-tailed kites, red-shouldered hawks, and many migratory birds are seen during the winter months. This area is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail. Visit the Wildlife page for more information about the area's wildlife.



Hiking can be done on most levees.  The levees provide a scenic view of the area and the wildlife activity within.



Biking can be done on most levees.


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Camping is only permitted on the Miami Canal, Manley Ditch, and Powerline levees. Camps may be set up 7 days before archery season and must be removed 7 days after the close of general gun season. During other times, camping is permitted on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only.

FWC Facts:
The Nature Conservancy's Jay Watch program needs your help! Jay Watch volunteers assist with monitoring populations of the endemic scrub-jay and scrub vegetation conditions.

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