Upper St. Johns River Marsh Wildlife Management Area

Managed in cooperation with
St. Johns River Water Management District

 

photo of Upper St. Johns River Marsh WMA
Tom Shupe

Upper St. Johns River Marsh WMA consists of more than 120,000 acres in Brevard and Indian River counties. Currently, the Water Management District is restoring 150,000 acres of marshlands, re-creating fish and wildlife habitat, and improving water quality. Sixty-two miles of levees offer a wide range of recreational opportunities, including fishing, wildlife viewing, hiking, bicycling, and paddling. Hunting on the areas is good to fair for migratory bird, fair for deer and hog hunting, and poor for small game, turkey, and squirrel hunting.  Birds are abundant on the area and include snowy egrets, great blue herons, white ibis, glossy ibis, great egrets, limpkins, night herons, osprey, and bald eagles. The endangered snail kite is often observed in the Blue Cypress and the Fort Drum Marsh conservation areas. During hunting seasons tent camping is permitted at designated campsites. During periods closed to hunting camping is regulated by the St. Johns River Water Management District.

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 afer 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 a season. Hunting with dogs is prohibited, except bird dogs may be used during the small game and duck and coot seasons and dogs may be used for hunting wild hog during the period of January 18-22. 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.



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