In support of the resource management goals and objectives for the area and to provide a quality experience for all area users, the following recreation activities are allowed. The Babcock/Webb Recreation Guide is a useful resource when visiting this area.

Hunter on horseback
Phil Wilkinson

Hunting

The deer population has increased from 1 deer per 470 acres in 1986 to 1 deer per 80 acres in 2011. Deer condition indexes have remained in the good to excellent range. Feral hogs are present and may be some of the direct descendants of the original stock that escaped in the 1500s from de Soto's expedition. Although turkeys are occasionally seen, only one has been harvested on Babcock/Webb in the past 53 years.  Quota hunt permits are required for dove hunts (October and November) and hog management hunts (March) held on the 885-acre Punta Gorda Water Treatment Facility, located in the northwest corner of the WMA. Visit the Dove Hunters Hotline web site to find out the latest information on FWC dove fields across the state of Florida.

Bobwhite quail is the featured species on the area and the subject of considerable research and management.

 

Hunting Regulations and Maps

 

Fishing

Fishing

The 395-acre Webb Lake has record-sized bluegill, huge freshwater snook, and largemouth bass. Marl ponds 1, 2, and 3 are located in either side of Tucker Grade Road. They are each about 2 acres in size and provide excellent opportunities for bank fishing. Fish have been stocked and feeders installed on Webb Lake and the ponds to help fish reach maximum size in the shortest time possible. Surveys by biologists indicate that bluegill 8 inches or longer are common and that some in the ponds exceed 11 inches in length. Fishing license information.

 

Wildlife Viewing

Hiking

A birding hot spot in southwest Florida, Babcock/Webb is home to numerous resident as well as migrating birds. Northern bobwhite, eastern cottontail rabbits, gray squirrels, raccoons, white-tailed deer, and feral hogs are common inhabitants of the flatwoods. Visit the  Wildlife page for more information about the area's wildlife. This area is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail.External Website  You may also request a copy or download or print the  Babcock-Webb Bird List PDF.

 

Hiking

Lightly traveled trams provide many hiking opportunities. The slightly elevated trams offer the hiker views of this expansive landscape. 

 

Biking

Trams offer miles of off-road cycling opportunities. 

 

Horseback Riding

Horses may be used year round throughout the area unless otherwise specified. During  hunting days, horses are prohibited on the Yucca Pens Unit. Children under the age of 16 are required to wear a helmet when riding on public lands.  For more detailed information go to Nicole's Law PDF.  All horseback riders must have proof of current negative Coggins Test results for their horses when on state lands.

 

Paddling

Paddlers can explore the nooks and crannies of Webb Lake for a good spot to cast a line or enjoy the many wading birds along it shores.  

Scenic Driving

A short interpretive drive along Webb Lake introduces visitors to the natural resources of Babcock/Webb.

See  vehicle use regulations.

 

Camping

Camping is only permitted in designated primitive campgrounds. During hunting seasons camping is available 7 days a week and during  non-hunting season, camping is permitted from 5 pm Friday to 9 PM on Sunday and on Memorial Day, Independence Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and Labor Day. Camping is prohibited on the Yucca Pens Unit.

 

Shooting Range

This popular 10-pad shooting range has 200-yard rifle, 100-yard rifle, and 50-yard pistol ranges. More information regarding Public Shooting Ranges.



FWC Facts:
The Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail is a network of more than 500 Florida sites selected for their excellent bird-watching or education opportunities.

Learn More at AskFWC