Lafayette Forest - Planning Your Visit
Lafayette Forest Wildlife and Environmental Area offers year-round opportunities for outdoor recreation, although during hunting days, access to the area is only open to individuals who have a quota hunt permit. (Exception: Visitors with a Special Use Authorization permit for Mallory Swamp WMA (obtained from the Suwannee River Water Management District) may traverse McCalls Chapel Grade through Lafayette Forest from 1 ½ hours after sunset until 1 ½ hours before sunrise.) Hunts occur over specific periods between September to March.
In the fall, winter and spring, temperatures are usually pleasant. These are the best times to hike, bike and horseback ride and to see a variety of migratory birds. Butterfly and plant enthusiasts will appreciate the wildflowers that bloom in the fall and spring and the butterflies they attract.
- Get directions to Lafayette Forest Wildlife and Environmental Area.
- For hours of operation and vehicle use guidelines, see the regulations summary brochure.
- Dogs are not permitted. Regulations regarding hunting dogs can be found in the regulations summary brochure.
- Restrooms are not available at this location.
- No Daily-Use Permit is required. To hunt or fish you must also possess the appropriate license and permit.
- During scheduled hunt days, all visitors are encouraged to wear a daylight fluorescent orange shirt, vest, jacket and/or hat.
Lafayette Forest Hunting Seasons
Archery: Sep 25-29, Oct 1-5, 8-12
Muzzleloading Gun: Oct 23-25
Family Hunt: Nov 6-7, 13-14
Wild Hog-Still: Jan 22-26, Jan 29 – Feb 2
Small Game: Nov 15 – Jan 21, Feb 3 – Mar 6
Turkey: Mar 19-21, 25-27
Youth Turkey: Mar 12-13
Migratory Birds: See migratory bird hunting dates
These season dates are not comprehensive guides to the hunting seasons on these areas and may be subject to change. For additional information about dates, times and regulations please check the regulations summary brochure.