Most district lands reopen following hurricane
District staff have assessed damage at the district’s public lands from Hurricane Matthew and cleanup is ongoing or completed at many properties. As of Oct. 12, 2016, these properties remain closed due to damage and safety concerns.
The closed properties are:
- Moses Creek Conservation Area, St. Johns County
- Fort Drum Marsh Conservation Area, Indian River County
- Pellicer Creek Conservation Area, Flagler County
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 email@example.com or 386-329‑4404.
Sunnyhill Restoration Area (Posted 10-20-2016)
The Sunnyhill Restoration Area north of C.R. 42 (see map). will be closed to public access November 15-17, 2016. The Florida Forest Service, the St. Johns River Water Management District and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will be hosting an Operation Outdoor Freedom Wounded Warrior Special Opportunity Hunt honoring wounded veterans. For questions or additional information, please contact our offices at 386-329-4404 or 352-821-2066 or the Florida Forest Service at 863-578-1894. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Apopka-Beauclair Canal, Lake Apopka North Shore (Posted 9-23-2016)
Due to construction, the Apopka-Beauclair Canal has limited access from September 2016 through November 2016. The canal is considered a construction zone from the lock/dam structure on the north end to the opening into Lake Apopka on the south end (see map). Daily closures are likely. There are underwater obstructions to navigation as well as divers in the water. The weir structure in the southern half of the canal is being removed as part of the navigational improvements associated with the development of the McDonald boat ramp. For more information, please contact land manager Maria Zondervan at 407-832-4242.
Heart Island Conservation Area and
Lake George Conservation Areas (Posted 9-16-2016)
Due to recent wildfires, fireline rehabilitation will be under way at both
Heart Island and Lake George Conservation Areas. The work is anticipated to take approximately one month to complete. We apologize for any inconvenience.
T.M. Goodwin Waterfowl Management Area (updated 4-7-2016)
Refurbishment of the S-96 water control structure in the Upper St. Johns River Basin (a popular hiking and birding areas on the north side of the structure) will close public access on April 12. District work crews are refurbishing a gate at the S-96 structure at the west end of the C-54 canal, located at the boundary of Brevard and Indian River counties. The gate, which provides the most direct access to T.M. Goodwin Waterfowl Management Area, will be closed to public access while work is being completed. The refurbishment, which requires the use of a large crane to remove one of the gates, is part of the district’s ongoing maintenance of levees and flood control structures in the Upper St. Johns River Basin.
Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area (Posted on 2‑4‑2016)
The 4.2-mile self-guided wildlife drive within the St. Johns River Water Management District’s Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area in Lake County will remain closed throughout the 2016 season (see map). The closure is due to projects geared at restoring the natural connection to Lake Griffin, improving the wildlife drive and constructing a pad for a new and larger public boat ramp. The closure is necessary for public safety as the district prepares to restore the connection between Lake Griffin and the area west of Emeralda Island Road known as Area Three.
Bayard Conservation Area (Posted on 1‑15‑2016)
Two areas of Bayard Conservation Area will undergo timber management activities during 2016 (see map). One area is a thinning in pine flatwoods to improve natural community health (84 acres). The second is a clearcut of slash pine and subsequent planting of longleaf pine for the purposes of pine flatwoods restoration (39 acres). The contractors have until January 2017 to complete the project.
During the course of this project, a portion of the white trail may need to be closed for public safety. If so, a notice will be placed on the website and signage will be placed at the trailhead. Also, one of the restoration areas is located within the Bayard Wildlife Management Area. Please use extra caution in these areas. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area (Posted on 1‑15‑2016)
Several areas of Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area, totaling 257 acres, will undergo a thinning in a pine plantation (see map). The contractors have until December 2016 to complete the project.
All of the areas are near the interpretive drive. Also, some of the restoration areas are located within the Lochloosa Wildlife Management Area. Please use extra caution in these areas. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Newnans Lake Conservation Area (Posted on 1‑15‑2016)
Several areas of Newnans Lake Conservation Area, totaling 241 acres, will undergo a first time thinning in a pine plantation (see map). The contractors have until January 2017 to complete the project.
During the course of this project, a portion of the white and yellow trails, located on the North Tract (south of State Road 26), may need to be closed for public safety. If so, a notice will be placed on the website and signage will be placed at the trailhead. Some of the restoration areas are located within the Hatchet Creek Wildlife Management Area. Please use extra caution in these areas. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Thomas Creek Conservation Area (Posted on 8‑12‑2015)
Almost 200 acres of pine flatwoods will have timbering activities on them (see map) in the coming months. The yellow and white trails will have logging trucks on them during the work. Please be careful when using these trails.
All of the work will occur within the Thomas Creek — Kings Road Unit Wildlife Management Area, so all, or portions, of the archery, muzzleloading, family hunt, general hunt, and small game seasons may be impacted. Please be extra careful in and around the areas with timber activities.