Recreation and land
In this section
See what recreational opportunities exist on lands owned and managed by the District, make a camping reservation, find out about hunting regulations and check our listings for property closures or construction activities that may affect your visit.
The District seeks input from recreational land users and holds regular meetings at which the public may participate. See the meeting calendar.
The District purchases land to protect the water resources adjacent to, beneath and within the property. See details about the program and future plans.
The District uses a variety of methods intended to mimic nature in managing public lands. Learn about the process in this section.
The District is working with a variety of stakeholders to implement the strategies outlined in the Lands Assessment Implementation Plan.
Conservation easements are just one way land can be enjoyed by the public.
Public lands offer far-reaching benefits
The St. Johns River Water Management District buys land in the course of its work to protect and preserve water resources. In addition, these lands protect plant and wildlife habitat and provide areas for public recreation and environmental education. The benefits are far-reaching for the public and the environment.
The District owns or manages nearly 700,000 acres of land throughout its 18-county service area. Virtually all District property is open to the public for activities that are compatible with conservation. A few areas of District lands are closed because of ongoing construction or restoration projects.
Explore this section of our website to learn more about why the District has purchased land, how parcels have been considered for purchase, land management partnerships, and what activities can be enjoyed on these properties.