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Recreation announcements

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.


Stokes Landing Conservation Area ( Posted 11-22-2016 )

The observation tower at Stokes Landing Conservation Area is closed until further notice (see map). Numerous boards have broken and will be replaced in the upcoming weeks. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve and Newnans Lake Conservation Area
( Posted 11-10-2016 )

The St. Johns River Water Management District is partnering with the Gainesville chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for a youth deer hunt Nov. 11-13 at the River Styx portion of Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve (see map) and the north tract of Newnans Lake Conservation Area (see map) in Alachua County.

Both Youth Hunt areas will be closed to public access during this 3-day hunt. The remaining portion of Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve will be open to public access as usual. The Hatchet Creek Wildlife Management Area portion of Newnans Lake Conservation Area will be hosting a General Gun hunt on the same days and will be closed to non-hunting users.


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.


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.


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.

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