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Hickory Mound Impoundment area remains closed

News Release

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-754-1294

The Hickory Mound Impoundment area on the Big Bend Wildlife Management Area’s Hickory Mound Unit remains closed to public vehicle access because of damages caused by Hurricane Hermine in September 2016.

Foot, bicycle and non-motorized access is allowed beyond the gates at Cow Creek Grade/Swartz Tram and at Coker Road/Swartz Tram, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists.

Although foot traffic is allowed on the Impoundment, members of the public who access the area should use extra caution, especially in and around water control structures.

Time is needed to ensure the area is safe for the public to continue to fish, crab, bird watch, launch boats and enjoy the area. Repairs are also necessary to restore the area and the dike to their engineered design for effective management of waterfowl and other wildlife, while minimizing the possibility of damage from future storms.

The proposed timeline for repairs is up to six months. FWC staff will work with partners throughout the approval process and make every effort to expedite repairs and minimize this remaining closure period. For public access updates in this area, go to and click on “Wildlife Management Areas,” then “Open/Closed Status.”

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