Four Creeks Wildlife Management Area
Managed in cooperation with the Florida Forest Service.
The Four Creeks Wildlife Management Area occupies over 13,000 acres within Four Creeks State Forest, located just north of Jacksonville in southern Nassau County. Within the region, the forest provides valuable flood and water quality protection and provides healthy, diverse habitats for wildlife and nature-based recreational opportunities. The area is named for the four creeks associated with the property: Alligator, Thomas, Boggy and Plummer creeks, which join together to form the headwaters of the Nassau River. The Nassau River borders the southeastern portion of the property and flows into Nassau Sound and then into the Atlantic Ocean. Thomas Creek and its associated floodplain form the southern border of the WMA.
Much of the upland portions consist of pine flatwoods. Wetland areas include swamps, cypress domes and tidal marsh. The floodplain swamps border the creeks and are dominated by cypress, tupelo and titi. The Florida Forest Service manages the area using a combination of timber harvesting, groundcover restoration, reforestation and controlled burns.
For hunting seasons and area regulations, view FWC's regulations summary brochure for Four Creeks WMA.
Fishing is permitted year-round. A Florida fishing license is required and can be purchased at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com.
Recreational opportunities on the area include hunting, wildlife viewing, hiking, horseback riding, bicycling, fishing and paddling. Currently, there are no designated trail systems, but twenty-four miles of unpaved roads are open for exploration. In rainy weather, some roads may become impassable for two-wheel drive vehicles.
Several natural boat landings on the creeks make it easy to launch canoes and kayaks. A public boat ramp is located on the Nassau River, at the end of Edwards Road, off of A1A.
For more information, see the Florida Forest Service's webpage for Four Creeks State Forest.