Open/Closed Status of FWC-managed Areas

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Severe weather or other circumstances have affected areas as described below.
 

FWC Offices

  • No closures at this time.

Wildlife Management Areas, Wildlife & Environmental Areas, etc. 

  • Big Shoals WMA – Due to hazardous road conditions resulting from heavy rains and to ensure public safety, portions of Road 1 that lie east of the intersection with Road 2 have been temporarily closed to public vehicle traffic. This closure is effective from March 26, 2015 until staff from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection determine that road conditions are safe for public vehicle use. (3/26/15)
    The use of 4-wheel vehicles is recommended on some roads that remain in poor condition following heavy rains. Persons are advised to proceed with caution while recreating on this area. (12/08/14)

  • Gores Landing WMA - Due to recent rainfall and flooding conditions, a large portion of McLemore Road on the Gores Landing Wildlife Management Area has become impassable and is closed until March 29 to vehicle traffic. The partial closure is about midway along McLemore Road, the main road that runs north and south in the WMA. The closure could affect those planning to hunt during the spring turkey season. (03/16/2015)

  • Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area and the Everglades - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will be repairing the boat ramp at 40 Mile Bend, near the S-12-A structure, in Miami-Dade County. This boat ramp provides access to the Everglades and Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area. The boat ramp will be closed to public use while the FWC repairs the ramp. The FWC anticipates the closure to last one week, March 17 – March 24. In the meantime, people should use boat ramps east of 40 Mile Bend. A map of these boat ramps is available online. (03/09/2015)

  • Jennings Forest WMA – Due to hazardous road conditions resulting from heavy rains and to ensure public safety, Florida Forest Service (FFS) staff have temporarily closed Pitcher Plant Road and Camp Branch Road to vehicle traffic. These closures are effective from Dec. 23 until staff from the FFS determine that road conditions are safe for public vehicle use. (12/24/14) 

  • Osceola WMA – The U.S. Forest Service is conducting timber management in the Sandlin Bay portion of this area, accessible by NE Benton Road. To ensure public safety and protection of property, please exercise caution when traveling in this area, and place any hunting equipment and vehicles away from timber harvest operations. For more information on these management activities, please contact the U.S. Forest Service at 386-752-2577. (12/04/14)
     
  • Belmore WMA – Due to hazardous road conditions where flooding is taking place and to ensure public safety, the Florida Forest Service has temporarily closed Spring Road to vehicle traffic. (09/02/14)

Suwannee/Santa Fe River Flood-related Speed Zones

  • Santa Fe River - Idle-speed, no-wake in effect for Zone 5 (see 01/27/14 news release)

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