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.
- See the Regulations Summary for hours of operation and vehicle use guidelines.
- Dogs are not permitted. Regulations regarding hunting dogs can be found in the Regulations Summary.
- 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.
Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2019 through June 2020)
|Archery||September 21-25, September 27 - October 1 and October 4-8|
|Muzzleloading Gun||October 19-21|
|Family Hunt||November 2-3 and 9-10|
|Wild Hog-Still||January 18-22 and 25-29|
|Small Game||November 11 - January 17 and January 30 - March 1|
|Spring Turkey - Youth||March 14-15|
|Spring Turkey||March 21-23 and 27-29|