Announcements and property closures

District public lands begin to re-open after Tropical Storm Nicole

District conservation areas are re-opening as our land managers can inspect them to ensure they are cleared of debris and safe for the public to access. We will continue to update this list as additional properties re-open.

Properties open with some restrictions

The following District lands have reopened following Tropical Storm Nicole. For safety reasons and/or very wet conditions, some restrictions apply.

Buck Lake Conservation Area

  • Road access open to hunters with partial closures. Road 1 is closed on the west end ¼ mile east of the Road 5 intersection. Road 1 is closed on the east end at 6-mile creek crossing.
  • Group campsite and boat launch closed

Canaveral Marshes Conservation Area

  • Use caution, trails very wet/flooded

Deep Creek Conservation Area

  • Use caution, wet trails

Fort Drum Marsh Conservation Area

  • Hike in campsites closed due to flooding

Lake Jesup Conservation Area

  • Use caution, trails wet/flooded

Seminole Ranch Conservation Area

  • Walk in only
  • Much of the property remains submerged
  • Campsite closed

Stokes Landing Conservation Area

  • Use caution, trails very wet/flooded

Following is a list of properties that are closed or have portions closed due to ongoing land management activities. We regret the temporary inconvenience, but the closures are necessary for public safety. If you have concerns or comments about any of these activities, please contact us at landmgmt@sjrwmd.com or 386-329-4404.

Heart Island Conservation Area (Bullpen Timber Sale)

Posted 11-16-2022

Areas within Heart Island Conservation Area totaling 288 acres (see map) will undergo a first thinning timber sale. The objective of this sale is tree density reduction, freeing up growing space for the best quality trees, thus maintaining and improving forest health. Various interior roads may be impacted by the thinning operation. When work is underway, please be careful with the logging trucks entering and exiting the property. Contracts allow the work to be conducted through June 3, 2023. This work could impact hunting within the Lake George Wildlife Management Area.

Bullpen Timber Sale map

Clark Bay Conservation Area (Southside Timber Sale)

Posted 11-16-2022

Areas within Clark Bay Conservation Area totaling 181 acres (see map) will undergo a first thinning timber sale. The objective of this sale is tree density reduction, freeing up growing space for the best quality trees, thus maintaining and improving forest health. The white hiking trail may be impacted by the thinning operation. When work is underway, please be careful with the logging trucks entering and exiting the property. Contracts allow the work to be conducted through August 1, 2023. This work could impact hunting within the Tiger Bay Wildlife Management Area.

Southside Timber Sale map

J.P. Hall Bayard Point Conservation Area (Bayard Timber Sale)

Posted 11-16-2022

Areas within J.P. Hall Bayard Point Conservation Area totaling 81 acres (see map) will undergo a pine and hardwood thinning to facilitate sandhill ecosystem restoration. The group camp entry road may be impacted by the thinning operation. When work is underway, please be careful with the logging trucks entering and exiting the property. Contracts allow the work to be conducted through August 1, 2023. This work could impact hunting within the Bayard Wildlife Management Area.

Bayard Timber Sale map

Lake George Conservation Area

Posted 7-22-2022

Areas within Lake George Conservation Area totaling 150 acres (see map) will undergo a second thinning timber sale. The objective of this sale is tree density reduction, freeing up growing space for the best quality trees, thus maintaining and improving forest health. Various interior roads may be impacted by the thinning operation. When work is underway, please be careful with the logging trucks entering and exiting the property. Contracts allow the work to be conducted through April 15, 2023. This work could impact hunting within the Lake George Wildlife Management Area.

Lake George closure map

Lake George Conservation Area (Barrs Landing Timber Sale)

Posted 11-16-2022

Areas within Lake George Conservation Area totaling 375 acres (see map) will undergo a second thinning timber sale with a small patch of clearcut harvest. The objective of this sale is tree density reduction, freeing up growing space for the best quality trees, thus maintaining and improving forest health. Various interior roads may be impacted by the thinning operation. When work is underway, please be careful with the logging trucks entering and exiting the property. Contracts allow the work to be conducted through October 17, 2023. This work could impact hunting within the Lake George Wildlife Management Area.

Barrs Landing Timber Sale map

Lake Norris Conservation Area

Posted 7-1-2022

The District will close the road trailhead at the Lake Norris Conservation Area beginning July 5 till the end on October for installation of a new bridge. The closure will also affect the group campsite and canoe concession (managed by Lake County Water Authority). Access to the canoe launch into Blackwater Creek at the trailhead and the Hart Ranch Road access point will not be affected.

Blue Cypress Conservation Area

Posted 6-23-2022

The area along the L-77 West Levee in the Blue Cypress Water Management Area, also known as Lake Garcia, has been designated an idle speed zone. Signs have been posted on property and are located at the motorboat and airboat ramps of the 512 recreation area. The idle speed zone extends 300 feet east of the L-77 West levee.

This idle speed zone has been temporarily established to alleviate erosion at the levee toe and will remain in place for approximately two years as the District works on planned reinforcements to the levee and littoral zone.

See recreational map for other areas to visit in the area.

L-77 idle zone map

Rice Creek Conservation Area

Posted 3-16-2022

Effective 3/16/2022, the District has closed a portion of the Levee Trail on Rice Creek Conservation Area due to repairs needed on a foot bridge crossing Rice Creek. The portion will be closed indefinitely but does not affect the entire Levee Trail or the Florida National Scenic Trail.

Rice Creek Trail closure map

Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area

Posted 3-14-2022

An area within Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area totaling 101 acres (see map) will undergo a second thinning timber sale. Some internal roads may be impacted. When work is underway, please be careful with the logging trucks entering and exiting the property. The contract allows the work to be conducted through March 11, 2023. This work could impact hunting within the Lochloosa Wildlife Management Area.

Map of area around Lochloosa

Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area (Marked Thinning FY-2020)

Posted 9-23-2021

Areas within Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area totaling 187 acres (see map) will undergo a second thinning marked timber sale. The objective of this sale is tree density reduction, freeing up growing space for the best quality trees, thus maintaining and improving forest health. Various interior roads may be impacted by the thinning operation. When work is underway, please be careful with the logging trucks entering and exiting the property. Contracts allow the work to be conducted through June 3, 2023. This work could impact hunting within the Silver Springs Forest Wildlife Management Area.

Map of area around Silver Springs

Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area (Silver Springs 2021 Timber Sale)

Updated 5-3-2022

Areas within Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area totaling 380 acres (see map) will undergo a first thinning timber sale. The objective of this sale is tree density reduction, freeing up growing space for the best quality trees, thus maintaining and improving forest health. Various interior roads may be impacted by the thinning operation. When work is underway, please be careful with the logging trucks entering and exiting the property. Contracts allow the work to be conducted through February 2023. This work could impact hunting within the Silver Springs Forest Wildlife Management Area.

Map of Silver Springs Forest