Managed in cooperation with St. Johns River Water Management District.
Located about 10 miles east of Yeehaw Junction, this large wildlife management area includes a mosaic of wetland and upland communities, including dry prairie, pine flatwoods and hardwood swamps. The marshes found on the area represent the southernmost reach of the St. Johns River’s headwaters. Hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, hiking, biking, paddling and camping are permitted on the area.
The area is open to public access year round, except during special-opportunity hunts when only individuals in possession of a valid special-opportunity permit are allowed on the area.
Vehicle access to Horseshoe Lake during non-hunting periods requires a permit from the St. John's Water Management District.
A special-opportunity permit is required to hunt on this area during deer and spring turkey season, and a regular quota permit is required to hunt on this area during the scheduled hog hunts. The area is open to public access year round, except during special-opportunity hunts when only individuals in possession of a valid special-opportunity permit are allowed on the area. For information about hunts on the area, see the regulations brochure for Beaverdam Creek WMA and visit FWC's Hunting in Florida page.
The diverse habitats found here support a range of common and imperiled wildlife, including Florida sandhill cranes, wood storks, bald eagles, white-tailed deer and wild turkeys.
Add your bird observations to the Fort Drum Conservation Area eBird Hotspot.
For information on horseback riding, hiking, camping and other recreation, visit the St. Johns River Water Management District's webpage for Fort Drum Marsh Conservation Area.
View FWC's regulations brochure for Fort Drum WMA for an area map, hunting seasons, permits, fees and rules about dogs.