Bayard Wildlife Management Area
Managed in cooperation with the St. Johns River Water Management District.
Bayard WMA is comprised of 9,702 acres in southeastern Clay County, south of Green Cove Springs extending nearly seven miles along the western bank of the St. Johns River. Floodplain forests line the river, while pine flatwoods and sandhill communities are found on higher ground in this diverse area. Recreational activities include hunting, bank fishing, wildlife viewing, hiking, horseback riding, bicycling, camping, and picnicking. White-tailed deer, bald eagle, osprey, wild turkey and gopher tortoise are a few of the species that are found on this area. Children under the age of 16 are required to wear a helmet when horseback riding on public lands. For more detailed information go to Nicole's Law. All horseback riders must have proof of current negative Coggins Test results for their horses when on state lands. Although the area is accessible by water, there are no boat launches.
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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 is prohibited. Dogs on leashes may be used for trailing wounded game. 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.
- View FWC's regulations summary brochure for Bayard for an area map, hunting seasons, permits, fees and area regulations.