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Open/Closed Status Related to Hurricane Irma

  • Monroe County - FWC offices and operations (to include all staff that live and/or work) in Monroe County will remain closed through Tuesday, September 19th.
  • Broward, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Miami-Dade Palm Beach, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee Counties - FWC offices and operations (to include all staff that live and/or work) in these counties are open Monday, September 18th EXCEPT for the following: Naples Law Enforcement Office. The following SFWMD offices will also remain closed: CREW Field Office and Allapattah Field Office.
  • Taylor, Madison, Hamilton, Columbia, Suwannee, Lafayette, Dixie, Gilchrist, Levy, Alachua, Union, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Duval, Nassau, and Citrus Counties - FWC offices and operations (to include all staff that live and/or work) in these Counties will reopen Friday, September 15th EXCEPT for the following which remain closed through Tuesday, September 19th: Senator G. Kirkpatrick Marine Laboratory.
  • Brevard, Flagler, Indian River, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns, Sumter and Volusia Counties - FWC office and operations (to include all staff that live and/or work) in these counties will reopen Friday, September 15th EXCEPT for the following: Richloam Bass Conservation center (no public access).
  • Hernando, Pasco, Hillsborogh, Pinellas, Polk, Manatee, Hardee, Highlands, Lee, De Soto, Sarasota, and Charlotte Counties - FWC offices and operations (to include all staff that live and/or work) in these Counties will be open Wednesday, September 20th EXCEPT for the following: Tenoroc Office.

 

Note - CLOSURES in the list below supersede any previously existing orders for the area listed. Non-storm-related closures can be found further down on this page.

 

FWC managed public shooting ranges:

Southwest Region - Tenoroc Public Shooting Range and Cecil M. Webb Public Shooting Range will be closed Friday, Sept. 8th until further notice.

 

FWC managed and cooperative public areas:

Note - A list of campground closure updates related to public area closures is provided by the Florida Forest Service and can be found at FFS Campground Closures.

Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail closures.

Northeast Region - The following FWC managed public areas are closed. Upon reopening, they will be removed from this list. Some public areas are open but may contain additional road/canal/unit/etc. closures as a result of storm activity. You can review these closures below by WMA.

  • Baird Unit - Richloam WMA
  • Buck Lake WMA
  • Charles H Bronson WMA
  • Dexter Mary Farms Unit - Lake George WMA
  • Dunns Creek WMA
  • Emeralda Marsh Public Small Game Hunting Area (PSGHA)
  • Etoniah Creek WMA
  • Fellsmere Area 1 PSGHA
  • Fort Drum WMA
  • Gores Landing WMA
  • Jumper Creek WMA
  • KCOL WMA
  • Lake George WMA
  • Lake Panasoffkee WMA
  • Lake Panasoffkee SGA
  • Lake Tracy Unit - Seminole Forest WMA
  • Little Big Econ WMA
  • Matanzas WMA
  • Ocala WMA
  • Ocklawaha Prairie PSGHA
  • Orange Creek PSGHA
  • Richloam WMA
  • Rima Ridge Unit - Tiger Bay WMA
  • Rock Springs WMA
  • Ross Prairie WMA
  • Seminole Forest WMA
  • Seminole Ranch WMA
  • Tiger Bay WMA

Northeast Region road/canal/unit closures - The following FWC managed public areas are open to public access but contain additional closures as a result of storm activity. Once reopened, they will be removed from this list.

  • Tosohatchee WMA - Fishhole Road from Beehead Road to Long Bluff Road will remain closed through 9/22/17. Lake Charlie Road south of Lake Charlie will remain closed through 9/29/17.
  • Upper St. Johns River Marsh WMA - The Moccasin Island Tract (Wickham Road) will remain closed until further notice. The C-54 Canal will remain closed until further notice.
  • Three Lakes WMA - Road 10 north of Fodderstack Slough will remain closed until further notice.
  • Herky Huffman/Bull Creek WMA - The northeastern portion of Loop Road from approximately 0.3 miles north of Yoke Branch to approximately 0.4 miles south of Yoke Branch and all seven Small Game Trails will remain closed through 9/22/17.

North Central Region -The following FWC managed public areas are closed. Upon reopening, they will be removed from this list. Some public areas are open but may contain additional road/canal/unit/etc. closures as a result of storm activity. You can review these closures below by WMA.

  • Bayard WMA
  • Belmore WMA
  • Cary WMA
  • Citrus WMA
  • Cypress Creek WMA
  • Four Creeks WMA
  • Goethe WMA
  • Hatchet Creek WMA
  • Homosassa WMA
  • Jennings Forest WMA
  • Lochloosa WMA
  • Potts WMA
  • Raiford WMA
  • Ralph E. Simmons Memorial WMA
  • Santa Fe Swamp WEA
  • Steinhatchee Springs WMA
  • Thomas Creek WMA - Kings Road Unit
  • Troy Springs WMA

North Central Region road/canal/unit closures - The following FWC managed public areas are open to public access but contain additional closures as a result of storm activity. Once reopened, they will be removed from this list.

  • Log Landing WMA - The Guaranto and Purvis Landing Tracts remain closed until further notice.
  • Osceola WMA - The John M. Bethea State Forest portion remains closed until further notice.

South Region - The following FWC managed public areas are closed. Upon reopening, they will be removed from this list.

  • A-1 FEB SGA
  • Allapattah Flats WMA
  • Allapattah Flats SGA
  • Big Cypress WMA
  • C-23/24 Reservoir SGA
  • CREW WMA
  • Dupuis WMA
  • Dupuis Dove Field SGA
  • Everglades WMA
  • Fisheating Creek WMA
  • Frog Pond North SGA
  • Holey Land WMA
  • Keys WEA
  • Okaloacoochee Slough WMA
  • Picayune Strand WMA
  • Rocky Glades SGA
  • Rotenberger WMA
  • Southern Glades WMA
  • STA1 West Waterfowl SGA
  • STA 2 Waterfowl SGA
  • STA 3/4 Waterfowl SGA
  • STA 5/6 Waterfowl SGA

Southwest Region - The following FWC managed public areas are closed. Upon reopening, they will be removed from this list.

  • Arbuckle WMA
  • Babcock/Webb WMA
  • Babcock Ranch, Tier 1 Hunt Area (reopening 9/20 at 1 AM)
  • Chinsegut WEA (reopening 9/20 at 1 AM)
  • Croom WMA
  • Green Swamp WMA
  • Green Swamp West Unit WMA
  • Hickey Creek WEA
  • Hickory Hammock WMA
  • KICCO WMA
  • Kissimmee River PUA
  • Lake Marion Creek WMA
  • Lower Hillsborough WMA
  • Myakka PSGA
  • Perry Oldenburg WEA (reopening 9/20 at 1 AM)
  • Platt Branch WEA (reopening 9/20 at 1 AM)
  • Tenoroc FMA
  • Walk-in-the-water WMA
  • Weekiwachee WMA
  • Upper Hillsborough WMA

Non-storm-related WMA/WEA and Other Openings

  • Lake Tohopekaliga - The S-61 Boat Lock has been reopened.
  • Big Bend Wildlife Management Area, Hickory Mound Unit - Road repair work on Swartz Tram on the Hickory Mound Unit has been completed and this road is now open.

Non-storm-related WMA/WEA and Other Closures

  • Everglades and Francis S. Taylor, Holey Land, And Rotenberger Wildlife Management Areas - Special regulations are in effect as of 12:01 a.m. on June 14, 2017 and shall remain in effect until rescinded by subsequent order. Due to high water levels associated with recent storm events the special regulations are as follows:
    1. The taking of game as defined in section 68A-l.004, F.A.C. is prohibited except ducks and coot may be taken in accordance with 68A-13.003, and frogging is allowed in accordance with 68A-15.004.
    2. Vehicles, airboats, ATVs and other public access are prohibited, except Conservation Area 2A from the L-35B levee north to the east-west airboat trail and except Conservation Area 3A South east of the Miami Canal between I-75 and the L-67A levee.
    3. This order shall not apply to persons permitted to participate in the statewide alligator hunts, migratory bird hunts, frogging, fishing, or persons operating boats within the established canal systems; however, airboats and tracked vehicles are not permitted for these activities. Access for these activities is limited to vessels only, and participants must maintain a minimum distance of 100 yards from any tree island to minimize disturbance to terrestrial wildlife jeopardized by high water conditions.
    4. Any provisions of Rule 68A-15.064 or 68A- 15.004, F.A.C., which are inconsistent herewith, are hereby superseded.
  • Big Bend Wildlife Management Area, Spring Creek Unit - Road repair work on Mule Wallow Spur on Spring Creek Unit has resumed and therefore this road has been closed for public safety reasons until September 22, 2017 or when the repairs are completed and the road is deemed safe for public travel.
  • Lake Tohopekaliga - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission requested the South Florida Water Management District close the S-61 Boat Lock because of navigational safety concerns due to low water levels. The S-61 enables boating navigation between Lake Tohopekaliga and Cypress Lake via the C-35 Canal in Osceola County.Closure is effective 7:30 p.m., Sunday, May 14. The lock will reopen when conditions allow for safe navigation.
  • Dog Road 21 within Econfina Creek WMA is temporarily closed due to wet road conditions. Authorized access will be reinstated as road conditions allow.
  • Big Bend Wildlife Management Area - Hickory Mound Unit: All roads are open, except for the portions of Cow Creek Grade and Coker Road lying south of Swartz Tram (effectively closes Hickory Mound Impoundment to vehicular traffic. Foot, bicycle, and non-motorized access is allowed.) The public should exercise caution when walking through the woods while hunting, wildlife viewing, etc. in the storm damaged areas as there are a large number of downed trees, leaning trees, and trees with limbs or trunks broken up high that are hanging.
  • Picayune Strand - Due to current conditions, Triple G Loop Road is closed until further notice.
  • CREW WEA - Due to a restoration project, the following temporary closures are in effect: All hunting and other public access is prohibited on all portions of Flint Pen Strand and Bird Rookery Swamp Units south of Sand Road, west of the western North/South Tram Road, and north of Bonita Beach Road. Additionally, access is prohibited in the portion of Flint Pen Strand Unit located at the northeast intersection of Sand Road and Poorman’s Pass Road, extending north 900 yards and east to County Line Road.
  • Emeralda Marsh PSGHA - Area 3 will be closed to all public access until further notice due to construction projects on area dikes and related improvements to the area. Under the provisions of 68A-15.004(9) (a) F.A.C., this area will remain closed to public access until the improvements are completed.

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