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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

Prairie Lakes Unit Year-at-a-Glance

Three Lakes Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2018 through June 2019)

Season Dates
Archery September 15-16 and September 17 through October 14
Muzzleloading Gun October 20-22
General Gun Mobility-Impaired October 26-28 (east of Canoe Creek Road)
General Gun November 3-4 and November 5 through December 30
General Gun-Dog December 6-9 and 27-30
Small Game December 31 through March 3
Raccoon January 11-13, 18-20 and 25-27
Quail (Quail Enhancement Area only) January through February (Wednesdays and Saturdays only, maximum of 16 days)
Spring Turkey-Youth March 9-10
Spring Turkey March 16 through April 21

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

Prairie Lakes Unit Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2018 through July 2019)

Season Dates
Archery September 28-30 and October 5-7
Muzzleloading Gun October 26-28
General Gun November 16-18 and 23-25
Wild Hog-Still November 30 through December 2; January 11-13, 25-27 and February 22-24
Small Game December 8 through January 6
Spring Turkey-Youth March 9-10
Spring Turkey March 16-18, 29-31 and April 12-14

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