If nature is your thing, consider visiting some of the scenic and unspoiled 700,000 acres of land owned by the St. Johns River Water Management District.
With funds from the state’s Florida Forever program and through partnerships with state and local governments and nonprofit groups, the district purchases and manages tracts of land that are important in protecting our water resources, keeping the land in its natural state. The land helps to filter out pollutants from runoff, prevent erosion and provide flood protection, and it serves as protected plant and animal habitat.
Chances are you live somewhere near a district-owned site. These properties range from wetlands and historically wet areas to dry upland areas suitable for a variety of outdoor activities. Virtually all district properties are open to the public. So pack up your water, snacks and bug repellent and head out to enjoy a bit of wild Florida.
Please respect Florida’s wildlife and use caution while visiting district lands. These are wild animals. For your safety, do not approach or feed any wild animal.
Checklist for visiting district lands
Be prepared when visiting these remote, scenic and wild lands. Make sure you have insect repellent, drinking water, sunscreen and proper clothing.
Activities available on district lands
Ramble your way through miles of trails and you’re bound to spot some of the abundant wildlife that thrive on these protected lands.
District land is home to some great fishing with some properties that include handicapped-accessible fishing platforms.
Some district properties offer opportunities for canoeing, air boating and boating, and a few even have boat ramps or launches.
The majority of district lands provide trails that are suitable for cycling or horseback riding. Trail riding is a great way to see a diverse range of natural areas and wildlife.
Some district lands provide opportunities for primitive tent camping. Forego bathrooms and running water for a day or two and live the outdoor experience.
Approximately two-thirds of district land is open for hunting, in designated areas and at specified times of the year.