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Lake Wales Ridge - Planning Your Visit

Helpful Information

Royce Scraped Scrub Fall Flowers

The most accessible areas of this WEA are the Lake Placid Scrub tract, the Carter Creek tract and the Royce Unit. All three have parking areas and trails. Hunting is permitted on the Royce Unit only. The most comfortable time to visit is during the winter. To see rare plants blooming, visit in late spring or early fall. However, some rare plants do flower during summer.

  • Get directions to Lake Wales Ridge Wildlife and Environmental Area’s Lake Placid Scrub Tract, Royce Unit and Carter Creek Tract.
  • See the Royce Unit Regulations Summary for hours of operation, public access and vehicle use guidelines specific to this unit.
  • Dogs are permitted, but must be kept under physical restraint at all times. Regulations regarding hunting dogs on Royce are found in the Royce Regulations Summary.
  • Restrooms are not available at this location.
  • On the Royce Unit, horseback riding is prohibited during periods open to hunting. Special-Use Permits are needed for horseback riding on Carter Creek and Lake Placid Scrub.
  • No Daily-Use Permit is required. To hunt or fish you must possess the appropriate license and permit.

Lake Wales Ridge Hunt Calendar


This calendar is not a comprehensive guide to the hunting seasons on this area. For additional information about dates, times and regulations please check the Regulations Summary.

Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2019 through June 2020)

Season Dates
Archery September 20-22 and October 11-13
General Gun November 15-17
Small Game December 6-8, 20-22, January 17-20 and January 30 - February 2
Spring Turkey - Youth March 14-15
Spring Turkey March 21-23 and April 3-5
Wild Hog-Still May 2-3 and 9-10