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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 from East Boundary Road to Raccoon Road remains closed until further notice.
  • Jennings Forest WMA - Tar Flower Road remains 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 Scrub 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.

  • Caravelle Ranch WMA - Due to continued heavy rainfall leading to the ponding of water over much of the area, the campground area associated with the S.R. 19 check station is closed until further notice. The area will be periodically evaluated to determine when it may be reopened.

 

Non-storm-related WMA/WEA and Other Closures

  • Apalachicola River WEA - Beanfield Road within the Saul Creek Unit will be closed from approximately August 20 through September 18 to allow for road maintenance/improvements.
  • Herky Huffman/Bull Creek Wildlife Managment Area - Due to a road improvement project, a section of the main Loop Road will be impassable to vehicles from Monday, Aug. 13 through Monday, Aug. 20. This closure will affect the northeastern portion of Loop Road approximately 300 feet north of Yoke Branch to approximately 300 feet south of Yoke Branch.
  • 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 - Areas 5 & 7 are 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.

  • Plank Road WMA – Road restoration projects have resulted in the temporary closure of all interior access roads.  The area remains open to non-vehicular access, including bicycles and horses, provided that parked vehicles and/or trailers may not obstruct any road, gate, or firelane.
  • Tiger Bay WMA - Due to continued rains and flooded conditions, Dukes Island Road and Woody Road are closed to all access until further notice.

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