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Yellow River Wildlife Management Area

Yellow River Black bear

Managed in cooperation with:
Northwest Florida Water Management District
Florida Forest Service

Yellow River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) covers more than 28,000 acres between Milton and Crestview in Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties. The area runs for over 20 miles along the Yellow River including the protection of a small portion of the Shoal River where it empties into the Yellow. A wide variety of natural communities are found on the area including sandhill, upland pine forests, slope forests, wet prairie and floodplain forests. Here you'll find Florida black bear, Gulf sturgeon and endemic mayflies as well as Florida anise, mountain laurel and spider lilies.

Recreational activities include hunting, fishing, boating, canoeing, primitive camping and wildlife viewing. Camping is permitted throughout the area. Numerous boat landings along the Yellow River provide access to the area. Vehicular access is limited, but is available on River Road located north of Milligan and Trawick Creek Road near Holt (Okaloosa County), and Ward Basin Road (Santa Rosa County).

More Information

  • View FWC's regulations summary brochure for Yellow River WMA for an area map, hunting seasons, permits, fees, rules regarding dogs and area regulations.