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Alligator Lake PSGHA

Regulations Summary and Area Map

July 01, 2019 - June 30, 2020
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This brochure is designed to provide the public with information and a summary of regulations pertaining to hunting and other recreational use on the Alligator Lake Public Small-Game Hunting Area (PSGHA). Regulations that are new or differ substantially from last year are shown in bold print. Area users should familiarize themselves with all regulations. For exact wording of the wildlife laws and regulations, see Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) wildlife code, on file with the Secretary of State and state libraries. This brochure and the Florida Hunting Regulations handbook should provide the information necessary for you to plan your hunting activities. These publications are available from any FWC office and at

Persons using PSGHAs are required to have appropriate licenses, permits and stamps. The following persons are exempt from all license and permit requirements (except for the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp [federal duck stamp]): Florida residents who are 65 years of age or older; residents who possess a Florida Resident Disabled Person Hunting and Fishing Certificate; residents in the U.S. Armed Forces, not stationed in Florida, while home on leave for 30 days or less, upon submission of orders; and children under 16 years of age. Children under 16 years of age are exempt from the federal duck stamp. Anyone born on or after June 1, 1975 must have passed a Commission-approved hunter-safety course prior to being issued a hunting license, except the Hunter Safety Mentoring exemption allows anyone to purchase a hunting license and hunt under the supervision of a licensed hunter, 21 years of age or older. A supervisor is required to accompany a youth or mentor license holder during any hunt.

Hunting licenses, management area permits, migratory bird permits and Florida waterfowl permits may be purchased from county tax collectors, license agents, at or by telephone at 888-486-8356. A no-cost Migratory Bird Permit is available when purchasing a hunting license. Any waterfowl hunter 16 years of age or older must possess a federal duck stamp.

Quota Permit Information:

Quota permits are not required for this area.

Area Regulations

All general laws and regulations relating to wild animal life or freshwater aquatic life shall apply unless specifically exempted for this area. Hunting or fishing on this area shall be allowed only during the open seasons and in accordance with the following regulations. The regulations in this brochure pertain only to the Alligator Lake PSGHA, which includes the north and south marshes and adjacent levees. That portion of Alligator Lake that is outside of the PSGHA is subject to statewide waterfowl regulations.

  1. Taking or attempting to take any game with the aid of live decoys, recorded game calls or sounds, set guns, artificial light, net, trap, snare, drug or poison is prohibited.
  2. No person shall cut or destroy any tree on, or remove any tree, shrub, or protected plant from, the area without written permission from the landowner or primary land manager.
  3. Public access is prohibited on any portion of the area posted as "Closed" or "Restricted".
  4. Releasing any animal is prohibited, unless authorized by permit from the FWC.
  5. Construction or use of permanent blinds or structures is prohibited.
  6. Tampering with or destruction of area equipment, improvements and water control structures is prohibited.
  1. Alligator Lake Public Recreation Area is closed to public access on Mondays, except for persons accessing the Alligator Lake PSGHA for the purpose of hunting ducks, geese or coot.
  2. Portaging over levees is allowed only at designated portage sites.
  3. During hours open for hunting waterfowl with firearms, only hunters with appropriate licenses and permits are allowed in the marshes and on the levees.
  4. Outboard motors may be used at idle speeds only. Use of airboats is prohibited during the entire length of the waterfowl season. All-terrain vehicles, unregistered and unlicensed motorcycles and tracked vehicles are prohibited at all times.
  1. Please report leg bands to 800-327-BAND or at
  2. Access for hunting is allowed only via boat or on foot, only from the boat ramps near the Department of Transportation Office or the Columbia County High School. Two water control structures allow boat access from the lake into the north marsh. Portaging over levees is allowed only at designated portage sites.
  3. Hunting with firearms from dikes, levees or bridges is prohibited.
  1. Hunting with firearms other than shotguns is prohibited.
  2. Hunting with shotguns larger than 10 gauge or shotguns capable of holding more than 3 shells is prohibited.
  3. Children under the age of 16 hunting with a firearm must be in the presence of a supervising adult.
  4. No person shall discharge a firearm or have a loaded firearm in hand while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  5. The discharge of a firearm outside of periods open to hunting or in areas closed to hunting is prohibited per s. 790.15 FS.

Hunting with dogs is prohibited, except waterfowl retrievers may be used for hunting ducks, geese and coot during waterfowl season.

Camping is prohibited.

Ducks, geese and coot - See Florida Hunting Regulations handbook.


Ducks, geese and coot may be hunted on Mondays and Thursdays in the North Marsh and on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays in the South Marsh during statewide waterfowl seasons.

Early Canada Goose (North Marsh): September 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26.

Early Canada Goose (South Marsh): September 9, 10, 12, 16, 17, 19, 23, 24 and 26.

September Teal & Wood Duck (North Marsh): September 23.

September Teal & Wood Duck (South Marsh): September 23 and 24.

September Teal Only (North and South Marshes): September 26.

Regular Season (Ducks, Coots & Light Geese, North Marsh): November 25 and 28; December 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26 and 30; January 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20 and 23.

Regular Season (Ducks, Coots & Light Geese, South Marsh): November 25, 26 and 28; December 9, 10, 12, 16, 17, 19, 23, 24, 26, 30 and 31; January 2, 6, 7, 9, 13, 14, 16, 20, 21 and 23.

Regular Season Canada Goose (North Marsh): November 25 and 28; December 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26 and 30; January 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27 and 30.

Regular Season Canada Goose (South Marsh): November 25, 26 and 28; December 2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 12, 16, 17, 19, 23, 24, 26, 30 and 31; January 2, 6, 7, 9, 13, 14, 16, 20, 21, 23, 27, 28 and 30.

Youth Duck & Goose (North and South Marshes): N/A

Permit, Stamp and License Requirements - Hunting license, management area permit, migratory bird permit and state waterfowl permit and federal duck stamp.

Legal to Hunt - Ducks (including mergansers), geese and coot only (See Florida Hunting Regulations handbook).

Regulations Unique to Waterfowl Season - All Migratory Bird Regulations shall apply.

  1. Hunting ducks, geese and coot with lead shot is prohibited.
  2. Shooting hours are from ½ hour before sunrise until noon.


Allowed year round, except during hours when waterfowl hunting with firearms is allowed.

Permit, Stamp and License Requirements - Fishing license (if fishing) or management area permit (if frogging).

Legal to Take - See Florida Freshwater Fishing Regulations Summary.

Regulations Unique to Fishing and Frogging - All General Freshwater Fishing Regulations and Alligator Lake Fish Management Area regulations shall apply (see the Alligator Lake Fish Management Area brochure).

General Information:

  1. Information for persons with disabilities can be found at
  2. If you have any questions about this material, please call the FWC at 386-758-0525 (TDD 800-955-8771).
  3. The FWC is not responsible for protection of personal property and will not be liable for theft of or damage to personal property.
  4. Columbia County purchased this area using funds from the Florida Community Trust. The Suwannee River Water Management District was the lead entity for planning and implementing restoration efforts, in cooperation with the FWC. Ducks Unlimited provided funds for water control structures.

Cooperation Requested:

If you see law violators or suspicious activities, contact your nearest Commission regional office or call 888-404-FWCC. You may qualify for a cash reward from the Wildlife Alert Reward Association.

The U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity or facility as described above, or if you desire further information, please write to: The Office for Human Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C. 20240. The project described in this  publication is part of a program funded by federal dollars under the Wildlife Restoration Act. Federal funds pay 20 percent of the cost of the program.