Hilochee Wildlife Management Area

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Diverse habitats invite a variety of recreational activities while protecting the health of the Green Swamp and the aquifer that provides drinking water for central Florida’s burgeoning human population.

 

Sights




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Things to do

Find high-quality quota hunts, numerous fishing opportunities and abundant wildlife along trails and roads open to hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. read more »

Wildlife

Diverse upland and wetland habitats support both rare and common species that include gopher tortoises, wild turkey and white-tailed deer. read more »

Habitat and Management

Hilochee’s habitats, a significant part of the Green Swamp ecosystem, are being restored to their historic, healthy functions.  read more »

History

Past timber production, agriculture and mining activity on Hilochee significantly altered natural habitats and set the stage for an aggressive restoration effort underway today. read more »

Planning Your Visit

Hilochee WMA consists of separate units located in Lake and Polk counties. The Main Unit is 10 miles south of Clermont; the Osprey Unit is 15 miles northeast of Lakeland. read more »

 



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