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Rotenberger - Things to Do

alligator swimming

Although the marsh is most easily traversed by airboats and tracked vehicles, the network of levees and canals constructed for flood control and water supply afford ample opportunities for recreation.


Manning duck

Hunting of waterfowl, white-tailed deer, feral hogs, alligators, small game and conditional reptiles occurs in the fall, winter and spring. Appropriate licenses and permits are required. Check the regulations summary brochure and hunt calendar before  you visit.

If you see a sick or abnormally thin deer or deer dead of unknown causes, please report its location to the CWD hotline, (866) CWD-WATCH (293-9282).


Rotenberger fishing

The canals surrounding the area support many species of game fish including largemouth bass, bluegill and other species of sunfish, as well as catfish and several species of exotic fishes. In addition, the canal system serves as a refuge for smaller fish species during periods of severe drought. These forage fish are an important part of the prey base for many species of wading birds. See the regulations summary brochure for a map of Rotenberger WMA to locate boat ramps. Appropriate licenses and permits are required.

Wildlife Viewing & Photography

swallow tail kite soaring

Canal and powerline levees are good places to view birds and other wildlife. Swallow-tailed kites, red-shouldered hawks, rails and a variety of wading birds, water birds and waterfowl are common. Other native wildlife common on the area include alligators, white-tailed deer, bobcats, raccoons and marsh rabbits. This area is part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. Visit the Wildlife page for more information about the area's wildlife.

Hiking and Biking

Rotenberger hiking trail

Enjoy hiking and bicycling on most levees, which provide scenic views of the area and opportunities to view wildlife. See the regulations summary to plan access and routes.


Camp on the Miami Canal, Manley Ditch and Powerline levees during hunting seasons and on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during non-hunting periods. See the regulations summary brochure for hunting season dates.