Little Big Econlockhatchee Wildlife Management Area

Managed in cooperation with
Florida Forest Service


photo of footbridge across creek
Ben Goldfarb
Footbridge across creek

Little Big Econlockhatchee WMA lies in southeastern Seminole County. This over 7,000-acre area protects seven miles of the Little Big Econ River and associated floodplain forests. This wildlife management area is part of a wildlife corridor of approximately 100 miles along the St. Johns River. River floodplain forests and oak hammocks are home to gray fox, river otter, wild turkey, bobcat, resident and migratory waterfowl, wood storks, wading birds, shorebirds, and numerous upland species including white-tailed deer and turkey. Other common sightings include sandhill cranes, roseate spoonbills, bald eagles, osprey, and hawks. The area is part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. Paddling along the Econ is a favorite pastime with many visitors, and improved canoe launch areas have been established along the river. Primitive camping is available for canoeists and requires a permit from the Florida Forest Service (407-971-3500). There are three trailhead parking areas for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain bike riding.  Children under the age of 16 are required to wear a helmet when horseback riding on public lands. All horseback riders must have proof of current negative Coggins Test results for their horses when on state lands. Other activities available on the area include hunting (Kilbee Unit only), fishing, wildlife viewing, and picnicking.

FWC Facts:
The $2.7 billion that people spend to view wildlife in Florida is more than double the value of the state’s annual orange harvest.

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