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Three Lakes - Planning Your Visit

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In mid-August, birders are drawn to Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area as fall warbler migration begins. Bald eagles are present throughout the year. Three Lakes is part of the highest concentration of bald eagle nests in the contiguous United States. The WMA is a part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. Hike along the Florida National Scenic Trail and enjoy the colorful flush of wildflowers in the spring and fall. Hiking, bicycling and horseback riding are most pleasant in the fall through the spring when water levels are likely to be lower and temperatures cooler.

Opportunities for hunting on Three Lakes WMA occur during many days in the fall, winter and spring. There are fewer hunting days on the Prairie Lakes Unit. (The Sunset Ranch tract is closed to hunting.) On the lakes, specks are generally abundant January through March, and fishing for bluegill and redear sunfish is generally best late spring through the summer. Catfish may be caught at Parker Slough and Jackson Canal throughout the year.

  • Restrooms are available at this location.
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Three Lakes WMA Hunt Calendars

Three Lakes Year-at-a-Glance

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 .

Prairie Lakes Unit Year-at-a-Glance

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.

Three Lakes Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2019 through June 2020)

Season Dates
Archery September 14-October 13
Muzzleloading Gun October 19-21
General Gun Mobility-Impaired October 25-27 (east of Canoe Creek Road)
General Gun November 2 - December 29
General Gun-Dog December 5-8 and 26-29
Small Game December 30 - March 1
Raccoon January 11-13, 18-20 and 25-27
Quail (Quail Enhancement Area only) (Quail Enhancement Area only) January - February (Wednesdays and Saturdays only)
Spring Turkey-Youth March 14-15
Spring Turkey March 21 - April 26

Prairie Lakes Unit Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2019 through July 2020)

Season Dates
Archery September 27-29 and October 4-6
Muzzleloading Gun October 25-27
General Gun November 15-17 and 22-24
Wild Hog-Still November 29 - December 1; January 10-12, 24-26 and February 21-23
Small Game December 7 - January 5
Spring Turkey-Youth March 14-15
Spring Turkey March 16-18, 29-31 and April 12-14