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Public access to Lake Jackson, most of Prairie Lakes Unit temporarily changing

News Release

Friday, November 18, 2011

Media contact: Gary Morse, 863-648-3200

During construction and improvements to water-control structure G113 at Parker Slough in Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area (WMA), an approximately half-mile section of Road 16 will be totally closed near the structure site for about nine months beginning Nov. 28. As a result, anyone planning to use the Prairie Lakes Unit south of the G113 structure, including Lake Jackson, will have to enter from the south off State Road 60 west of Yeehaw Junction.

The closure will affect two scheduled hog hunts, the small-game season, primitive camping and the spring turkey season, plus all other uses including fishing, boating and hiking on the Prairie Lakes Unit. Prairie Lakes will remain open as usual, but people may need more travel time to get to where they want to go.

Hunters still must check-in at either the Canoe Creek or S.R. 60 check station, depending upon where they plan to hunt.

"This will significantly affect user access to much of Prairie Lakes, since those wanting to access the area south of the G113 structure will have to enter off S.R. 60," said Steve Glass, district biologist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). 

For questions on access, call the FWC at 352-732-1225.  

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