Few places in Florida can match Fisheating Creek WMA for its range of activities and wilderness setting.
Enjoy fishing anywhere along the creek either from a boat or along the bank. These tea-colored waters are home to bass, crappie, catfish and bream, as well as the nonnative armored catfish and tilapia. Reference the Map of Fisheating Creek WMA to locate boat ramp(s) and carry appropriate licenses and permits.
Hiking and Bicycling
Find the best year-round hiking and bicycling on the east side of the WMA off SR 78. A four-mile interpretive trail offers creek and wildlife views and a look back into centuries-old Fort Center. During dry, winter weather, continue west to Cowbone Marsh for views of wading birds. Two beautiful trails – Paradise Lake and Knobby Knee – are located off of US 27 near Palmdale. They are prone to seasonal flooding; the January through May period offers the driest conditions.
Fisheating Creek meanders through banks lined with cypress and oaks. Paddlers will see numerous alligators and a wide variety of bird species. A canoe/kayak rental and livery service is available at the Fisheating Creek Outpost off US 27 in Palmdale. There is also an improved ramp available for launching your own boat. Water levels vary widely; check current conditions before planning your paddling trip.
Hunting is by quota permit only and is limited to small, high-quality hunts. Except for special-opportunity spring turkey hunts, hunting is only permitted west of U.S. 27. March is the busiest month, with excellent spring turkey hunts, including a supervised youth turkey hunt. Hunting conditions and boat access depend on water levels, which vary considerably. Check the regulations summary and calendar before you visit.
Fisheating Creek WMA is an excellent place to view wildlife year-round. Wading birds, hawks, osprey and owls are common. White-tailed deer and Osceola turkey are frequently spotted and alligators are prevalent. Large numbers of migratory swallow-tailed kites gather here in late summer. This area is part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. Visit the Wildlife page for more information about the area's wildlife.
Primitive camping is permitted year-round throughout the area. Find full hook-up RV sites and primitive campsites at the concession-operated Fisheating Creek Outpost in Palmdale. During established hunting seasons, individuals are encouraged to camp at the Palmdale campground or at designated sites along Fisheating Creek. Weekends and cooler months are the busiest, so plan accordingly.