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Guana River - Planning Your Visit

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Brown Pelican

Guana River is an excellent place to hike and view wildlife, especially birds, year-round. Temperatures are likely to be cooler and bugs fewer fall through spring. During April and October, especially with a west wind or after a cold front, this is the best place in northeast Florida to see peregrine falcons and bugs are likely to be more scarce. In January and February, white pelicans may be observed on Lake Ponte Vedra. On Big Savannah and other ponds you are likely to see wood storks, roseate spoonbills, and other wading birds especially from May through September. Duck hunting season occurs on varying dates in September, November, December and January. The Roscoe Boulevard Extension entrance is open for public access only from sunrise to sunset and closed during scouting, archery, muzzleloading gun, general gun, small game and spring turkey seasons.

Get directions by selecting an entrance icon on the entrance finder map.

  • Download or order the Guana River WMA Recreation Guide.
  • Download the Guana River WMA Trail System Maps.
  • For hours of operation, vehicle use guidelines and hunting information, see the regulations summary brochure.
  • Dogs are permitted, but must be kept under physical restraint at all times. Find regulations regarding hunting dogs in the regulations summary brochure.
  • Restrooms are available at this location.
  • The Department of Environmental Protection charges $3.00 to enter at the dam. There is no cost for Management Area permit holders. Six mile boat ramp and Roscoe entrances are free. To hunt or fish you must possess the appropriate license and permit.
  • During scheduled hunt days, all WMA visitors are encouraged to wear a daylight fluorescent orange shirt, vest, jacket and/or hat.



Guana River Hunt Calendar

View hunting seasons and dates and download a 'Year-at-a-Glance' calendar of hunt days on the area.