Mallory Swamp Wildlife Management Area
Managed in cooperation with
Suwannee River Water Management District
Mallory Swamp WMA includes more than 31,318 acres in southeastern Lafayette County, southwest of Branford. The cypress swamps, titi swamp, peat bogs and uplands are recovering from a severe wildfire that swept through the area in 2001. This fire, in combination with restoration of natural water levels, should result in accelerated recovery of the area's native vegetation. Recreational opportunities include hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, hiking, and biking. 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. Horses are allowed only on roads and designated horse trails during daylight hours. Wildlife on the area include white-tailed deer, feral hogs, turkey, limpkins, wood storks, and great blue herons. Within the area are nearly 100 miles of grassy roads. Camping is prohibited on the area. The area is open to public access year round.
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 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. Dogs with a shoulder height of more than 17 inches are prohibited in the dog hunt area during the general gun season. Hunting with dogs, other than bird dogs, is prohibited in the still hunt area during the general gun season. 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. Dogs on leashes may be used for trailing wounded game.
- View FWC's Regulations Summary for Mallory Swamp for an area map, hunting seasons, permits, fees, and area regulations.