Fees

A Daily-Use Permit is required to enter this area, unless you have purchased a Wildlife Management Area Permit. To hunt or fish you must also possess the appropriate license and permit.

 

photo of snail kite
Snail kite

Facilities

Interpretive trail, wildlife viewing structures, picnic tables, boat ramp, and primitive campgrounds on the Prairie Lakes Unit. The Three Lakes Prairie Lakes Unit Recreation Guide is a useful resource when visiting this area.

Map of Three Lakes WMA Adobe PDF

Map of Prairie Lakes Unit of Three Lakes WMA Adobe PDF

 

Public Access - Three Lakes

The area is open to public access year round.  All users shall enter and exit the area through designated entrances except persons through-hiking on the Florida Trail.  Vehicles may be operated only on named or numbered roads or named or numbered trails except vehicles used by persons participating in the general gun for mobility-impaired season.  During the general gun-dog season, only individuals participating in the hunt may operate vehicles on established firebreaks in that area east of the Florida Turnpike.  A marked footpath called the Florida National Scenic Trail traverses the area. This trail is open to hikers throughout the year.

Hunting Regulations, Maps and Hunt Calendars

Vehicle use regulations

  • Airboats, tracked vehicles and unlicensed and unregistered motorcycles are prohibited, except that airboats may be transported to and from Lake Jackson Public Boat Ramp and may be operated on that portion of Lake Jackson outside the area posted as restricted to airboat access for the protection of environmentally sensitive areas.
  • Parked vehicles may not obstruct a road, gate or firelane.
  • No motor vehicle shall be operated on any part of any wildlife management area that has been designated as closed to vehicular traffic.  All-terrain vehicles may only be operated on roads open to other motor vehicles.
  • Horses may only be ridden on named or numbered roads, except that horses may be ridden on firelanes during the general gun-dog season in that portion of the area east of the Florida Turnpike by hunters participating in the hunt.  During the small game season, persons hunting from horseback are not restricted to named or numbered roads.

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 with dogs, other than bird dogs, is prohibited except dogs with a shoulder height of 17 inches or less may be used for deer hunting east of the Florida Turnpike during the general gun-dog season; dogs with a shoulder height of 15 inches or less may be used during the small gaime season; and dogs of any size may be used to hunt raccoon during the raccoon season. 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. Hunting dogs may be taken onto the WMA after 8 a.m. the day before the opening of a season and shall be removed by 6 p.m. one day after the end of the season.

Public Access - Prairie Lakes Unit

The area is open to public access year round.  All users shall enter and exit the area through designated entrances except persons through-hiking on the Florida Trail.  Vehicles or horses may be operated only on named or numbered roads.  A marked footpath called the Florida National Scenic Trail traverses the area. This trail is open to hikers throughout the year.

Vehicle use regulations

  • Parked vehicles may not obstruct a road, gate or firelane.
  • Airboats, tracked vehicles and unlicensed and unregistered motorcycles are prohibited, except that airboats may be transported to and from Lake Jackson Public Boat Ramp and may be operated on that portion of Lake Jackson outside the area posted as restricted to airboat access.
  • No motor vehicle shall be operated on any part of any wildlife management area that has been designated as closed to vehicular traffic.  All-terrain vehicles may only be operated on roads open to other motor vehicles.

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 acton. 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 with dogs is prohibited, except that bird dogs may be used during the general gun and small game seasons. Dogs are prohibited in areas posted as "Closed to Public Access" by FWC administrative acton. 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 season and shall be removed by 6 p.m. one day after the end of the season. Dogs on leashes may be used for trailing wounded game.

Location

Osceola County; from Florida Turnpike, exit onto HWY 192 (Kissimmee/St Cloud); head east on Hwy 192 into St Cloud and take CR 523 (Canoe Creek Road, Vermont Street in town) south to the two entrances on Canoe Creek Road. To get to the 441 entrance from the turnpike, take Hwy 192 east into Holopaw. In Holopaw turn south on HWY 441 and proceed approx 15 mi to Williams Road (Hwy 441 entrance) and turn right. For the Hwy 60 entrance from the turnpike, take the turnpike south to the Yeehaw Junction exit (Hwy 60). Proceed west approximately 14.5 miles to the Three Lakes entrance.

View a location map Adobe PDF

 

Nearby

Additional wildlife viewing sites in the vicinity.

 

Nearest Cities/Towns

St. Cloud (25 miles north), Holopaw (13 miles north), and Kenansville (9 miles southeast).



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