Popular for fishing and hunting, this area also offers hiking, wildlife viewing, bicycling, horseback riding and camping opportunities.
Though fishing is available in canals, there are no boat launches and embankments are steep. The best opportunities are in ponds during the rainy season. Popular catches include largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish and warmouth. Appropriate licenses and permits are required.
Bicycling, Hiking, & Horseback Riding
Multi-use trail options include exploration of the two-mile long West Jupiter Wetlands Trail, which bisects a marsh. Or retrace history along the 6.5-mile long unpaved Old Jupiter-Indiantown Grade, once part of the main road between Jupiter and Indiantown. These two trails may be wet and are best explored March through May, the latter part of the dry season. The Grove Trail is a four-mile long loop that follows a levee that surrounds an old citrus grove. An unnamed trail on the north end of property follows an old road and is about 1.5 miles long. Visitors can also explore any of the canal roads. Bicycles and horses are permitted along named or numbered roads and trails. See the map of the WEA for trail routes, designated entrances and parking areas.
Hunters can target deer at this popular hunting area during archery, muzzleloading and general gun seasons. There are some nice size bucks to be taken here if hunters are willing to work for them. Enjoy a spring turkey season and migratory birds may be hunted on specified dates. Appropriate licenses and permits are required. Check the hunt calendar and regulations summary for an area map, specific dates and quota permit requirements.
Canal levees and trails provide good wildlife viewing. Bobcats, wild turkeys, deer, wild hogs, alligators, river otters, softshell turtles, cooters, various snakes and coyotes are found on the area. Due to its unique and high quality birding opportunities, this area is part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. Species such as bald eagle, snail kite, limpkin, wood stork, herons and egrets are regularly seen here. Visit the Wildlife page for more details.
This is one of the few areas in the wildlife management area system that provides year-round primitive camping (tents only) opportunities. Note that the sites are in the full sun and do not have picnic tables, fire rings or toilet facilities. See the map of the WEA for designated camping areas.