Open/Closed Status of FWC-managed Areas

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Open/Closed Status Related to Storm Activity

 

Note - CLOSURES in the list below supersede any previously existing orders for the area listed. Non-storm-related closures can be found further down on this page.

 


FWC managed and cooperative public areas:

Note: A list of campground closures, recreation area, and road/trail closures related to public land closures is provided by the U.S. Forest Service External WebsiteFlorida Forest Service External Website and Northwest Florida Water Management District External Website

Northwest Region

The following wildlife management areas (WMAs) are closed until further notice, due to Hurricane Michael. Once reopened, they will be removed from the list. On cooperative WMAs and national wildlife refuges (NWRs), the cooperating agency is responsible for making the decision to reopen their lands. For questions related to the reopening of a cooperative WMA, please contact the lead land manager or NWR office/website for that property.

  • Apalachee WMA - Zone A (FWC)
  • Apalachicola WMA, Northwest Florida Water Management District portion - (Northwest Florida Water Management District)
  • Apalachicola River WEA has reopened with the following roads closed to vehicular access: Bay, Bee Apree, Culbert, First Plug, Grassy, Hubcap, Levy, Long, Palm, Pea Patch, Scaffold, and Tall Pines. Van Horn Landing Campground is closed until further notice (FWC)
  • Beaverdam Creek WMA (Northwest Florida Water Management District)
  • Chipola River WMA (Northwest Florida Water Management District)
  • Econfina Creek WMA (Northwest Florida Water Management District)
  • Juniper Creek WMA (US Forest Service)
  • St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge (US Fish and Wildlife Service)
  • Tyndall AFB WMA (Department of Defense)

North Central Region

 The following WMA roads are closed to vehicle access until further notice due to Hurricane Michael. Once reopened they will be removed from the list.

  • Big Bend WMA - Hickory Mound Unit: Temporary repairs to the eastern portion of Hickory Mound Impoundment have been completed. The south and eastern portions of the impoundment have been reopened to public access, with all entry / exit restricted to Cow Creek Grade. The area of the impoundment remaining closed is the portion of Coker Road lying south of Swartz Tram for approximately 1.8 miles to just east of the fourth concrete water control structure. This effectively closes the western and southwestern portions of Hickory Mound Impoundment.
  • Big Bend WMA - Spring Creek Unit: Mule Wallow Road.

 

Northeast Region road/canal/unit closures - The following FWC managed public areas are open to public access but contain additional closures as a result of storm activity. Once reopened, they will be removed from this list.

  • Etoniah Creek WMA - Due to continued heavy rainfall, the following roads are closed; Tinley Powerline Road west of Holloway Road; the east end of Tinsley Powerline Road, east of unimproved Shortcut Road.

 

Non-storm-related WMA/WEA and Other Closures

  • Osceola WMA - That segment of Road 20 that extends approximately 3.0 miles east of the intersection with Road 6A (between Road 6A and Road 20A) (John M. Bethea State Forest) remains closed until further notice.
  • Belmore WMA – Spring Road (Orleans Road) remains closed until further notice
  • Gores Landing WMA – The “north” entrance off NE 140th Street/Country Club Blvd. is permanently closed to public access. Access to this WMA is available from NE 98th Street and from the Ocklawaha River only.
  • Lafayette Forest WEA – A 1.9-mile portion of Lafayette Loop remains closed until further notice (see map)
  • Ocala WMA – The game check station on State Road 42 at the Paisley Mart in Paisley will be closed for the 2018-19 hunting season due to construction.
  • Ocklawaha Prairie PSGHA – has a NEW ENTRANCE for hunters directly off County Road 464C, approximately ¼ mile east of the old entrance. There are signs for direction.
  • Charles H. Bronson WMA - Road 2 is closed at the county line canal, which is now impassable due to erosion. This closure should extend through Jan. 12, 2019.
  • CREW WEA – Within the Flint Pen Strand Unit, that portion of Sand Road between Vincent Road and Poorman’s Pass is closed to motor vehicles due to unsafe conditions.  Area users may use East Terry Street as an alternate route to access Poorman’s Pass.  The area map has been revised to reflect the closure.
  • Chassahowitzka WMA - A hydrological restoration project installing low water crossing on three of the open roads has resulted in the temporary closure of the following roads: South Road, south of the Old Bayport Road intersection (0.8 miles long), Fool's Stand Road (1.4 miles long), and Old Bayport Road (0.8 miles long) are closed until work is completed.
  • Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area PSGHA - Area 5 is closed until further notice. Area 6 is open for walk-in only. Areas 2 & 4 can be accessed via boat.


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