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Gores Landing Wildlife Management Area

Gores Landing

Managed in cooperation with the Office of Greenways and Trails.

The Gores Landing Unit of Ocklawaha River WMA consists of almost 3,000 acres along the Ocklawaha River in eastern Marion County between Gores Landing and County Road 316. Gores Landing Unit is on the Cross Florida Greenway and is managed by the Office of Greenways and Trails. This area is a link in the Cross Florida Greenway that conserves native landscapes from Palatka on the St. Johns River to Inglis near the Gulf of Mexico. The natural communities on the area are mostly hydric hammocks and flatwoods, and scrub ridges. Wild turkey, white-tailed deer and wading birds are abundant on this area.

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Recreational activities include hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, hiking, horseback riding, and paddling although there are no established trails. 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. Camping is prohibited.

Rules Regarding Dogs

  • For purposes other than hunting, dogs are allowed, but must be kept under physical restraint at all times.
  • Hunting dogs may be taken onto the WMA after 8 a.m. the day before the opening of a season and shall be removed by 6 p.m. one day after the end of the season. Hunting with dogs is prohibited, except bird dogs or retrievers may be used during the small game season. 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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