Potts Wildlife Management Area
Managed in cooperation with Southwest Florida Water Management District.
The 4,155 acres of Potts WMA protect the water resources along the Withlacoochee River and the Tsala Apopka Chain of lakes in northeast Citrus County. Natural areas include floodplain forests along the Withlacoochee River, freshwater marshes, and scrub oak communities, which support a small population of the threatened Florida scrub-jay. Through a process called succession, old pastures are returning to natural communities such as pine flatwoods, which are vital to Florida's native wildlife. Hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, and frogging are some of the recreational opportunities available on the area. You can hike on nearly 30 miles of paths, with two loop trails. Swamp lilies and blue flag irises bloom along the river trail in the spring. Biking is available on roads. Camping is permitted at five primitive campsites. Horseback riding is available on 12 miles of marked woods trails, where white-tailed deer, gopher tortoise, and wild turkey may be observed. 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. Paddling is permitted in the creeks and marshes but you need a permit from the Southwest Florida Water Management District to use a vehicle to transport your boat to the closest water entry. This area is a site on the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail.
Rules Regarding Dogs
- For purposes other than hunting, dogs are allowed during hunting periods, but must be kept under physical restraint at all times. During non-hunting periods the possession of dogs shall only be as authorized by the Southwest Florida Water Management District. 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 beginning 8 a.m. the day before each hunt and shall be removed the last day of each hunt. Hunting with dogs is prohibited, except bird dogs or dogs with a shoulder height of 15 inches or less are allowed during the small game season, and no more than 3 free-running dogs per quota permit are allowed during the wild hog-dog 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.