Jumper Creek Wildlife Management Area

Managed in cooperation with
Florida Forest Service

 

photo of Jumper Creek trailhead

Jumper Creek WMA is a 10,000-plus-acre tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest. It is located along the east side of the Withlacoochee River in western Sumter County, south of Lake Panasoffkee. Most of this area is floodplain forest and oak-cabbage palm hammock. Jumper Creek, a blackwater creek that flows north into the Withlacoochee River, runs through the center of the area. Recreational opportunities include hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, primitive camping, biking, and hiking on two loop trails. There are excellent paddling opportunities on the Withlacoochee River. One can access the area by water from a boat ramp at 470 and the Panasoffkee Outlet River, which is just on the north side of the WMA.  Jumper Creek WMA is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail and excellent opportunities exist to view limpkins at the 470 bridge.  Additionally, wild hogs, swallow-tailed kite, white-tailed deer, raccoon, and wild turkey are a few of the species that can be seen on the area.

Rules Regarding Dogs

  • For purposes other than hunting, dogs are allowed, but must be kept under physical restraint at all times. Dogs are prohibited in areas posted as "Closed to Public Access" by FWC administrative action. No person shall allow any dog to pursue or molest any wildlife during any period in which the taking of wildlife by the use of dogs is prohibited.
  • Hunting dogs may be taken onto the WMA after 8 a.m. the day before the opening of a season and shall be removed by 6 p.m. one day after the end of the season. Hunting with dogs is prohibited, except waterfowl retrievers are allowed during the special September duck season, and bird dogs or waterfowl retrievers are allowed during the small game season. Dogs are prohibited in areas posted as "Closed to Public Access" by FWC administrative action. No person shall allow any dog to pursue or molest any wildlife during any period in which the taking of wildlife by the use of dogs is prohibited. Dogs on leashes may be used for trailing wounded game.

 



FWC Facts:
When the weather is very cold, a group of bluebirds, and several other bird species, will occasionally roost together in a nest cavity for warmth.

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