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Picayune Strand Wildlife Management Area

Swallow tailed Kite

Managed in cooperation with:

Florida Forest Service
South Florida Water Management District

Picayune Strand Wildlife Management Area (WMA) consists of pinelands, cypress, marshes and pasture, and provides habitat for wide-ranging Florida panthers as well as black bearsbald eagleswood storks, fox squirrels and swallow-tailed kites.

Add your bird observations to the Picayune Strand State Forest eBird Hotspot.

Hunting is available on the area. For hunting regulations, see FWC's regulations summary brochure.

The Sabal Pine Hiking Trail, jointly owned by Collier County, consists of two short loops (1.9 and 1.3 miles) and traverses a dwarf cypress forest. The trail can be accessed from Sabal Palm Road.

A 22-mile horse trail winds across the Belle Meade Tract from Miller Boulevard to Benfield Road. 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. An oak-shaded primitive camping area can be found near the mid-point of the trail. A campground is located on 52nd Ave SE near the Florida Forest Service Office. Camping is allowed by special-use permit from the Florida Forest Service.

The numerous canals on the area are available for fishing and small boats. A boat ramp is located on the Fakaunion Canal. Parts of the area will be closed at varying times due to Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Project construction.

Picayune Strand WMA consists of more than 76,000 acres in Collier County two miles east of Naples south of I-75 and north of U.S. 41. This land was logged for cypress in the 1950s and 1960s and was then ditched and roads constructed for South Golden Gate Estates, a famous "swampland in Florida" scam. In 1985 under the Save Our Everglades program, the state began acquiring this land from thousands of absentee landowners.

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.
  • For regulations regarding hunting dogs, see FWC's regulations summary brochure.

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