Fees

No Daily-Use Permit currently required. To hunt or fish you must possess the appropriate license and permit.

Queen Butterfly on White Beggar-Tick by Susanna Toledo

Facilities

Three boat ramps, one at both the southeast and southwest corner providing marsh access and another at the northwest corner providing canal access.

Map of Holey Land WMA PDF

Public Access

The area is open to public access year round.  Persons must enter and exit the area from the L-5 or Miami Canal Levees.

Hunting Regulations, Map and Hunt Calendar

Vehicle use regulations:

  • Vehicles are prohibited on all levees except the L-5 and Miami Canal Levees.
  • During the general gun-vehicle season, a general gun-vehicle permit is required to operate a vehicle and the area is closed to all other vehicles and airboats (except airboats used for the purpose of waterfowl and coot hunting).
  • During the archery, muzzleloading gun and general gun-walk seasons, all-terrain vehicles are allowed but only for the purpose of hunting.  During the two weeks prior to the archery season and one week prior to the muzzleloading gun and general gun-walk seasons, all-terrain vehicles are allowed, but only for the purpose of scouting.  During the remainder of the year, all-terrain vehicles are prohibited.  All other vehicles are prohibited except on L-5 and Miami Canal Levees.
  • While an all-terrain vehicle is in motion, no person shall occupy and platform or structure attached to it.  No all-terrain vehicle may be equipped with a steering mechanism that would enable the all-terrain vehicle to be operated from a platform or structure attached to it.
  • No person shall operate any all-terrain vehicle, motorized two-wheeled vehicle or motorized three-wheeled vehicle unless it is equipped with an orange rectangular flag at least 10 inches wide and 12 inches long and displayed at a minimum height of 6 feet above the top of the seat.
  • Parked vehicles may not obstruct a road, gate or firelane.
  • Vehicles are prohibited on tree islands, strands and wildlife islands.
  • No motor vehicle shall be operated on any part of any wildlife management area that has been designated as closed to vehicular traffic.
  • Airboats are prohibited during the archery, muzzleloading gun, general gun-walk and general gun-vehicle seasons, except airboats used for the purpose of waterfowl and coot hunting on days when waterfowl and coot hunting is allowed.
  • Persons participating in the statewide alligator harvest program may operate airboats and tracked vehicles throughout the area during alligator hunts.
  • No vessel shall be operated outside of Water Management District canals unless it is equipped with an orange rectangular flag at least 10 inches wide and 12 inches long and displayed at a minimum height of 10 feet above the bottom of the vessel.
  • No person shall operate any all-terrain vehicle, motorized two-wheeled vehicle or motorized three-wheeled vehicle unless it is equipped with an orange rectangular flag at least 10 inches wide and 12 inches long and displayed at a minimum height of 6 feet above the top of the seat.

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 after 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 deer and wild hog with dogs is allowed only during the general gun-vehicle season, and retrievers are allowed when waterfowl is legal to take. 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.

Location

Southwestern Palm Beach County, north of Water Conservation Area 3 and on the east side of the Miami Canal.

From Clewiston - Take US 27 south to Palm Beach/Broward County line. From county line, take L-5 levee west approximately 9 mi to first access point, which is on the north side of the levee.

From Ft. Lauderdale - Take I-595 west to I-75 north. Take I-75 north to US 27. Take US 27 north to Palm Beach/Broward County line. From county line, take L-5 levee west approximately 9 mi to first access point, which is on the north side of the levee.

View a location map PDF

Nearby

Additional  wildlife viewing sites in the vicinity.

Directly adjacent to the Rotenberger WMA and on the northern boundary of the Everglades and Francis S. Taylor WMA.

Nearest Cities/Towns

Fort Lauderdale (40 miles southeast), Boca Raton (30 miles east), South Bay (12 miles north), and Belle Glade (12 miles north).



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