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Everglades and Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area

Closures and Updates Related to COVID-19

As COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to impact our communities, the FWC is taking proactive measures to protect stakeholders, staff and volunteers. Find information related to WMA closures by clicking the red "COVID-19 Updates" button below. Before visiting a WMA, check the open/closed status of that WMA. Please also note some WMAs and recreational areas within WMAs throughout the state have been closed by partner agencies.

Covid-19 Updates


To minimize exposure to COVID-19 and help protect visitors and employees, the FWC is closing all designated campgrounds on the Wildlife Management Area system for a minimum of 30 days beginning Monday, March 23 at 10 a.m. Also, permits for camping after Monday, March 23 will be canceled. On areas where it is currently allowed, dispersed wilderness camping (camping outside of designated campgrounds or where no permit is required) will continue to be allowed, but only for groups of less than 10 people.

Things to Do

Visitors find excellent fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing, as well as miles of levees for hiking and bicycling. 


Expand your Florida wildlife list with a visit to this Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail site.

Habitat and Management

These unique habitats are managed to balance the needs of wildlife with those of an expanding human population.


The habitats found here attract hunters, anglers and nature enthusiasts, as they have for hundreds of years. 

Planning Your Visit

This area spans portions of three counties lying west of Fort Lauderdale and Miami.

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