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Open/Closed Status Related to Storm Activity

 

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 and cooperative public areas:

Note: A list of campground closures related to public land closures is provided by the Florida Forest Service External Website and Northwest Florida Water Managment District External Website

 

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.

    • Lafayette Forest WEA – A 1.9-mile portion of Lafayette Loop (see map) remains closed due to flooding, until further notice.
    • Belmore WMA – Spring Road (Orleans Road) remains closed until further notice.

    • Jennings Forest WMA – Drip Torch and Double Gate roads remain closed until further notice.

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.

  • Etoniah Creek WMA - Due to continued heavy rainfall, the following roads are closed; Tinley Powerline Road west of Holloway Road; the east end of Tinsley Powerline Road, east of unimproved Shortcut Road.
  • Tiger Bay WMA - Due to continued rainfall and flooded conditions, Woody Road is closed.
  • Lake George WMA - Due to continued rainfall and flooded conditions, several roads are closed. On the Dexter Mary Farms Unit: Price Road; Fawn Road; and Quarters Road north of Fawn Road. On the Astor Tract: Sandy Drain; Crooked Road; and Pine Road.

 

Non-storm-related WMA/WEA and Other Closures

  • Gores Landing WMA – The “north” entrance off NE 140th Street/Country Club Blvd. is permanently closed to public access. Access to this WMA is available from NE 98th Street and from the Ocklawaha River only.
  • Ocala WMA – The game check station on State Road 42 at the Paisley Mart in Paisley will be closed for the 2018-19 hunting season due to construction.
  • Ocklawaha Prairie PSGHA – has a NEW ENTRANCE for hunters directly off State Road 42, approximately ¼ mile east of the old entrance. There are signs for direction.
  • Charles H. Bronson WMA - Road 2 is closed at the county line canal, which is now impassable due to erosion. This closure should extend through Jan. 12, 2019.
  • CREW WEA – Within the Flint Pen Strand Unit, that portion of Sand Road between Vincent Road and Poorman’s Pass is closed to motor vehicles due to unsafe conditions.  Area users may use East Terry Street as an alternate route to access Poorman’s Pass.  The area map has been revised to reflect the closure.
  • Chassahowitzka WMA - A hydrological restoration project installing low water crossing on three of the open roads has resulted in the temporary closure of the following roads: South Road, south of the Old Bayport Road intersection (0.8 miles long), Fool's Stand Road (1.4 miles long), and Old Bayport Road (0.8 miles long) are closed until work is completed.
  • Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area PSGHA - Area 5 is closed until further notice. Area 6 is open for walk-in only. Areas 2 & 4 can be accessed via boat.
  • The Lewis D. Whitaker Osceola Shooting Range is currently being evaluated for improvements and will be closed until further notice.

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