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Fees

No Daily-Use Permit currently required. To hunt or fish you must possess the appropriate license and permit.

 

Facilities

When water levels are adequate, the marsh can be accessed from unimproved ramps along the Powerline levee and in the northeastern corner of the area.  Ramps to the surrounding canals can be found in the northeastern, southeastern, and southwestern corners.

Map of Rotenberger WMA Adobe PDF

 

Public Access

The area is open to public access year round.  Persons may enter and exit the area from the L-4, Powerline, Miami Canal, and Manley Ditch Levees.

Hunting Regulations, Map and Hunt Calendar

Vehicle use regulations

  • During the general gun-vehicle season, a general gun-vehicle permit is required to operate a vehicle and the area is closed to all other vehicles and airboats (except airboats used for the purpose of waterfowl and coot hunting).
  • During the archery, muzzleloading gun and general gun-walk seasons, all-terrain vehicles are allowed, but only for the purpose of hunting.  During the two weeks prior to the archer season and one week prior to the muzzleloading gun and general gun-walk seasons, all-terrain vehicles are allowed, but only for the purpose of scouting.  During the remainder of the year, all-terrain vehicles are prohibited.  All other vehicles are prohibited except on levees.
  • While an all-terrain vehicle is in motion, no person shall occupy any platform or structure attached to it.  No all-terrain vehicle may be equipped with a steering mechanism that would enable the all-terrain vehicle to be operated from a platform or structure attached to it.
  • No person shall operate any all-terrain vehicle, motorized two-wheeled vehicle or motorized three-wheeled vehicle unless it is equipped with an orange rectangular flag at least 10 inches wide and 12 inches long and displayed at a minimum height of 6 feet above the top of the seat.
  • During the archery, muzzleloading gun and general gun-walk seasons, airboats are prohibited, except airboats may be used for the purpose of waterfowl and coot hunting on days when waterfowl and coot hunting is allowed.
  • Parked vehicles may not obstruct a road, gate or firelane.
  • Vehicles are prohibited on tree islands, tree strands or wildlife islands.
  • No motor vehicle shall be operated on any part of any wildlife management area that has been designated as closed to vehicular traffic.
  • No vessel shall be operated outside of Water Management District canals unless it is equipped with an orange rectangular flag at least 10 inches wide and 12 inches long and displayed at a minimum height of 10 feet above the bottom of the vessel.
  • Persons participating in the statewide alligator harvest program may operate airboats and tracked vehicles throughout the area during alligator hunts.

Rules Regarding Dogs

  • For purposes other than hunting, dogs are allowed, but must be kept under physical restraint at all times. Dogs are prohibited in areas posted as "closed to public access" by FWC administrative action. No person shall allow any dog to pursue or molest any wildlife during any period in which the taking of wildlife by the use of dogs is prohibited.
  • Hunting dogs may be taken onto the WMA after 8 a.m. the day before the opening of a seaon and shall be removed by 6 p.m. one day after the end of the season. Hunting deer and hog with dogs is allowed during the general gun-vehicle season. Hunting with dogs is prohibited, except during the general gun-vehicle season, and retrievers are allowed when waterfowl and snipe are legal to hunt. Dogs are prohibited in areas posted as "closed to public access" by FWC administrative action. No person shall allow any dog to pursue or molest any wildlife during any period in which the taking of wildlife by the use of dogs is prohibited. Dogs on leashes may be used for trailing wounded game.

Location

Southwestern Palm Beach County, bordered by Broward and Hendry counties.

From Clewiston - Take US 27 south to Palm Beach/Broward County line. From county line, take L-5 levee west approximately 14 mi to first access point, which is on the north side of the levee.

From Ft. Lauderdale - Take I-595 west to I-75 north. Take I-75 north to US 27. Take US 27 north to Palm Beach/Broward County line. From county line, take L-5 levee west approximately 15 mi to first access point, which is on the north side of the levee.

View a location map Adobe PDF.

 

Nearby

Additional wildlife viewing sites in the vicinity.

Directly adjacent to the Holey Land WMA and on the northern boundary of the Everglades and Francis S. Taylor WMA.

 

Nearest Cities/Towns

South Bay (50 miles north) and Belle Glade (50 miles north)



FWC Facts:
Spring and summer are the best times to listen for the elusive 5-inch Bachman's sparrow. Their song begins with a loud, clear whistle followed by an extended trill.

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