Enjoy outstanding fishing or wildlife viewing at Tenoroc – or, explore the varied terrain while hiking, bicycling or horseback riding.




Tenoroc is nationally noted for largemouth bass and also provides excellent fishing for bluegill, redear sunfish, black crappie and several varieties of catfish. With 23 lakes ranging in size from seven to 227 acres, Tenoroc provides quality public fishing. Special opportunities are available for children and physically challenged anglers. Bank fishing access as well as fishing piers, platforms and boardwalks are provided on many lakes.

All visitors, including anglers, must check in and out at the Tenoroc Fish Management Area headquarters. Anglers must deposit their valid fishing license with the custodian unless otherwise instructed. Quotas have been established for each lake, and fishing is permitted in designated lakes only. Unless otherwise specified, largemouth bass must be released immediately. For fishing reports and tips for Tenoroc, call 863-499-2422 Friday through Monday, between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.


Hiking and Bicycling


Bicyclists and equestrians enjoy miles of suitable roads within the WMA. Hikers can access nearly 39 miles of multi-use scenic trails. In the Prairie Lakes Unit, there are two loops of the Florida National Scenic Trail, each about six miles long. Trails can be very wet at times. See the regulations summary for details on equestrian access during hunting periods.




Visitors may use canoes or kayaks on any lake where boats are allowed, but quotas on the number of boats per lake are enforced and paddlers will be competing with anglers for a slot. Future plans include the development of a blue trail for canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts.




Wildlife Viewing


Tenoroc is a gateway site for the Great Florida Birding Trail and offers excellent birding opportunities. Numerous lakes attract wading birds, waterfowl and raptors. Songbirds pause here during spring and fall migrations. Nesting osprey are common in the spring and one of the state's largest wading bird colonies of snowy egret, white ibis and anhinga may be seen from the south end of the Blue Loop Trail. Two man-made wetlands provide wildlife viewing opportunities.  Visit the Wildlife page for more information or request a copy or download or print the Tenoroc Bird List .

Horseback Riding


Numerous loop trails on Tenoroc's main unit are available for horseback riding. These trails are identified by numbered markers and the total trail length is 20.3 miles. All equestrian trails are accessible from the Tenoroc Office and parking area. Water and space for trailer parking are available here. (Hikers may use the horseback trails, but dogs are not permitted.)


 Shooting Sports Center


The shooting sports center at Tenoroc includes 100 and 50 yard rifle ranges, 25 and 7 yard pistol ranges, 5-stand sporting clays, trap, and a 15- station sporting clays course. The archery range has ground level, elevated and 3-D courses. The range has a pro shop plus an education facility, where hunter safety courses are held and other outdoor education opportunities are offered through the Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network.




Two sizeable picnic pavilions with nearby restrooms are available for large gatherings; these facilities are in close proximity to ADA-accessible Derby Lake and Picnic Lake and feature fishing piers, boardwalks and platforms to provide opportunities for fishing, canoeing and kayaking and wildlife viewing.

FWC Facts:
Barn owls in Florida breed from March through July and nest in secluded places like caves, barns, tree cavities and large birdhouses. They build no actual nest.

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