PALATKA, Fla., July 9, 2019 — Anglers rejoice! The process to build the Headwaters Lake boat ramp at the Fellsmere Water Management Area (FWMA) took another step forward after the St. Johns River Water Management District’s Governing Board awarded a construction contract for the ramp and other visitor amenities Tuesday. This comes following the award of a 50 percent funding match for the $842,000 project from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
“The development of FWMA has been an ambitious undertaking and now provides critical water quality benefits and flood protection for the region,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “FWC has been a solid partner for many years on this project, particularly in developing and stocking the fish habitat. Thanks to our funding partnership with the FWC, we will be able to offer improved public access to this waterbody and its world-class fishing.”
“I am proud of our partnership with the St. Johns River Water Management District that has resulted in healthier ecosystems, high quality fish and wildlife habitats and opportunities for people to enjoy recreating in Florida,” said Eric Sutton, FWC executive director. “We want sportsmen and women to have ample access here in the Fishing Capital of the World.”
“The Headwaters Lake boat ramp will be the final piece that elevates this area to a premiere recreation destination for the entire region,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board member Doug Bournique. “FWC has been a tremendous partner in helping make this possible for the benefit of our residents and visitors for years to come.”
The project includes construction of an improved parking area, restrooms and a floating dock along with the boat ramp.
The Fellsmere Water Management Area and its multi-function reservoirs serve water supply and flood control purposes and help improve the water quality of agricultural and surface water drainage. Additionally, the area offers opportunities for public recreation. Already kayakers are taking advantage of the north reservoir, and because of FWC’s habitat improvement work, the FWMA is quickly becoming an attractive destination for anglers.