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. 

Due to hazardous flooding conditions, related road damage and to ensure public safety, the following roads have been temporarily closed to vehicle use until land management staff determine that conditions are safe:

  • Salt Lake WMA – A portion of South Lake Run Road, from its intersection with South Lake Run (creek drainage) southeast to its terminus at the southeastern WMA boundary (total of 0.7 miles), will be closed for the entire hunting season. View map illustrating closure.
  • Belmore WMA – Middle Road (the south entrance to this WMA) is closed. An alternate entrance is open at the intersection of East Boundary Road and Bellamy Road (0.4 miles east of the Middle Road entrance)
  • Cary WMA – That portion of Cypress Pond Road from the power line to No Catch Road
  • Gores Landing WMA – A portion of McLemore Road (approx.. ½ mile in length) has become impassible.
  • Green Swamp WMA – All roads open for use by Special Use Vehicle (SUV) permit are closed.
  • Mallory Swamp WMA– The Suwannee River Water Management District will perform prescribed fire management through December 2015 on up to 3,000 acres in that portion of the Dog Hunt Area located south of Tom Gunter Road and east of Crapp’s Tower Grade. This will include periodic road closures. To ensure public safety and protection of property, please exercise caution when traveling through this area and place any hunting equipment and vehicles away from these prescribed fire locations. For more information, please contact Scott Gregor, SRWMD Natural Resource Specialist at 386-362-8130 or visit

  • Raiford WMA – That portion of Shack Road between Deer Road and Gasline Road. The use of 4WD-vehicles is recommended throughout this area.


  • Thomas Creek WMA – Kings Road Unit: Timber harvest activities may occur on 200 acres of pine flatwoods through fall hunting seasons. Please exercise caution around these operations while recreating.

Attention boaters

If you have received or heard about an email claiming that certain rivers in north Florida will be closed to all outboard activity, be aware that this message is false and was not sent from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). All normally open waterways are still open to the public and no public meetings are currently planned. Accurate and up-to-date information from the FWC is posted on and on the agency's social media sites, and is sent to subscribers via GovDelivery emails. You can subscribe or modify your subscription at MyFWC/news.

Withlacoochee River Flood-related Speed Zones

  • A temporary idle-speed, no-wake zone has been enacted for the portion of the Withlacoochee River between the Interstate-75 Bridge at Silver Lake to the railroad bridge located just east of U.S. 301. Higher-than-normal water levels in the river caused the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to put the temporary zone in place for boating-safety reasons. There are no other restrictions for the remainder of the river or its tributaries.

Suwannee/Santa Fe River Flood-related Speed Zones

  • No Idle-speed, no-wake zones in effect at this time.

St. Johns River Flood-related Speed Zones

  • Due to high waters, portions of the St. Johns River in Volusia County are restricted to “idle speed only.” This restriction is in the Astor area from South Moon Canal to the S.R. 40 Bridge.  


FWC Facts:
Whooping cranes, the tallest of North American birds, stand nearly 5 feet tall. Their wingspan measures between 7 and 8 feet.

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