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Everglades Headwaters Wildlife Management Area

Everglades Headwaters Wildlife Management Area

Managed in cooperation with
United States Fish and Wildlife Service

Everglades Headwaters Wildlife Management Area conserves one of the largest tracts of prairie and savanna anywhere east of the Mississippi, as well as large areas of the well-known Lake Wales Ridge. These two factors result in a tremendous diversity of plants and animals, including many endangered species. Various opportunities to explore the area exist. Recreational users can hike, hunt, fish, view wildlife, and ride horses. Wildlife viewers and those interested in plants have the chance to see species including the Eastern indigo snake, Curtiss' milkweed, Florida sand skink and Florida scrub-jay.

Hunting is only permitted on the Hatchinela Unit of Everglades Headwaters WMA. 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 a current negative Coggins Test for their horses when on state lands.

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.

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