Caravelle Ranch Wildlife Management Area

Caravelle Ranch
"I do not understand how anyone can live without some small place of enchantment to turn to."
-Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, returning to Cross Creek after paddling the Ocklawaha

Nestled between the Ocklawaha and St. Johns rivers is the 27,241-acre Caravelle Ranch Wildlife Management Area with hardwood river swamps, pine flatwoods, and improved pastures punctuated with small depression ponds and hardwood hammocks. There are quota hunts for deer and turkey. Hogs are legal game (along with a list of other species) during all the hunts except dove and spring turkey. Horses are welcome, and ample space is available for parking trailers.

Fishing is excellent on Camp Branch Creek, and opportunities abound for birders, especially in the spring when as many as 15 swallow-tailed kites may be observed circling the pastures. The St. Johns River Water Management District and the Department of Environmental ProtectionOffice of Greenways and Trails, administer portions of the area.


FWC Facts:
The song of the wood thrush is so beautiful it inspired Handel to write a piece of music in the bird's honor. This songbird sings a loud, flute-like song, ending in a trill.

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