Allapattah Flats Wildlife Management Area
Fifteen miles west of Stuart on Florida's east coast, Allapattah Flats Wildlife Management Area protects a large area of marsh and slash pine flatwoods. The WMA includes part of the marshes and flatwoods that once extended from the upper St. Johns River basin to the headwaters of the St. Lucie River. Surface water from Allapattah Flats eventually flows into the Indian River Lagoon.
The area is open to public access year-round.
Between September and March, high-quality quota hunts take place on limited days. They include seasons for archery, muzzleloading gun, family hunt, general gun and spring turkey. A quota is not required during the small game season, which runs from mid-November through the first Sunday in January. Special-opportunity dove hunts take place October through January. Special opportunity permits are required.
For more information, see FWC’s regulations brochures for Allapattah Flats Wildlife Management Area and Allapattah Flats Dove Field Public Small Game Hunting Area. For information about dove hunting season dates, bag limits, dove fields and limited entry dove hunt permits, visit FWC’s dove hunting web page.
Fishing is permitted year-round. A Florida fishing license is required and can be purchased at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com.
Camping is allowed only at the designated campsite and only by Special Use License from the South Florida Water Management District, which can be applied for at the SFWMD's Special Use License web page. To receive an Special Use License by U.S. Mail, contact the SFWMD at 866-433-6312.
For camping regulations, view FWC's regulations brochure for Allapattah Flats Wildlife Management Area.
For information about horseback riding, hiking, bicycling and other recreation, visit the South Florida Water Management District's webpage for Allapattah Flats.
The area protects habitat for rare wildlife, particularly sandhill cranes, wood storks and crested caracaras, and game animals such as white-tailed deer and wild turkey. Wading birds frequent the wetlands.
Add your bird observations to the following Allapattah Flats WMA eBird Hotspots:
For information about hunting seasons, permits, fees and rules about dogs, see FWC's regulations brochures for Allapattah Flats Wildlife Management Area and Allapattah Flats Dove Field Public Small Game Hunting Area.