Skip to main content

Okaloacoochee Slough - Planning Your Visit

Helpful Information

juvenile alligator swimming

Okaloacoochee Slough offers year-round opportunities for recreation. Small, high-quality hunts are held on several weekends in the late summer and fall. Turkey hunts are scheduled in the spring. The late fall, winter and spring are best times to hike, bike and horseback ride and to see a variety of migratory birds. Butterfly and plant enthusiasts will appreciate fall blooming wildflowers and the many species of butterflies that they attract.

  • Get directions to Okaloacoochee Slough Wildlife Management Area. Three access points along CR 832 have parking.
  • See the regulations summary for hours of operation and vehicle use guidelines.
  • Dogs are permitted, but must be kept under physical restraint at all times. Regulations regarding hunting dogs can be found in the regulations summary.
  • Port-o-lets are available in the primitive camping area on Wild Cow Grade and include one handicap-accessible.
  • The Florida Forest Service requires an entrance or recreation use fee in designated areas. Hunters are exempt from paying these fees during scheduled hunts and scouting days. For information on general recreation and fees, contact the Florida Forest Service at (863) 612-0776. To hunt or fish you must also possess the appropriate license and permit. Find more information at the Florida Forest Service Okaloacoochee Slough.



Okaloacoochee Slough Hunt Calendar


Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2018 through June 2019)

Season Dates
Archery August 4-10 and 11-19
Muzzleloading Gun September 1-3 and 8-10
Family Hunt September 15-16
General Gun September 22-25 and 26-30
Small Game November 10 through January 13
Spring Turkey March 2-5 and 6-10 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)

Calendar does not reflect migratory game bird hunting seasons; please check the regulations summary for specifics.