Announcements and property closures

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.

Bayard Conservation Area

Posted 8-23-2018

Due to the extension of the First Coast Expressway, FDOT has taken ownership of the State Road (SR) 16 road frontage of Bayard Conservation Area, including both of the current parking areas off of SR 16. SJRWMD will be constructing a new parking lot just interior of the current eastern parking lot and the new parking area will be large enough to accommodate both regular vehicular parking as well as horse trailers. FDOT assures us that at no time during the construction of the Expressway and the new Shands Bridge, will public access to Bayard be impacted.

Fellsmere Water Management Area

Updated 1-8-2020

Construction has begun on the boat ramp and recreation facility at Headwaters Lake, located at the north end of the district’s Fellsmere Water Management Area (FWMA) in Indian River County.

The boat ramp project includes construction of an improved parking area, restrooms and a floating dock along with the boat ramp. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) contributed a 50 percent funding match ($842,000) through the Florida Boating Improvement Program for this project. Contractors estimate the work will take 140 days.

FWMA 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. Even before construction on the boat ramp began, kayakers were taking advantage of the north reservoir, and because of FWC’s habitat improvement work, the FWMA is quickly becoming an attractive destination for anglers.

Map of the Fellsmere Water Management Area with boat ramp location

Moses Creek Conservation Area

Posted on 11-13-2019

The western parking lot at the conservation area is temporarily closed due to a collapsed culvert. St. Johns County will be making repairs. The parking lot will be reopened as soon as repairs are completed.

Entrance road to Moses Creek Conservation Area parking area

Seminole Ranch Conservation Area

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has requested a road closure within the Salt Lake WMA portion of Seminole Ranch Conservation Area. Switchgrass Road will be closed to vehicular traffic effective January 29, 2019 and remain closed until conditions dry out enough to allow for the repair of two failing culverts. An updated timeline will be provided when available. The closure is likely to last through the spring and upcoming turkey season. Switchgrass Road will be closed from the intersection of Boar Road south to it’s terminus.”

Map of Janualry 2019 road closure at Seminole Ranch Conservation Area

Rice Creek Loop Under Construction – Partial Closure

Posted 1-8-2020

The trail area marked in the accompanying map on the northwest side of the loop will be closed until further notice due to bridge repair. The southwest and the eastern side of the loop is open as well as the yellow blazed Cypress Swamp Trail.  Visitors are asked to please stay off of the trail as the bridge will be out of commission during repairs.

Map ofRice Creek Loop road closure

Lake Apopka North Shore

Posted 1-13-2020

On Thursday, Jan. 16, the district will temporarily close a section of the Lake Apopka Loop Trail, near the intersection of the lake-side Loop Trail and Conrad Road. The closure is due to construction of a restoration project and is necessary to ensure public safety, as we anticipate heavy equipment in the area. The trail entrance at Magnolia Park will also be closed, but visitors can use an alternate entrance at Lust Road. The Magnolia Park entrance and section of trail is expected to reopen Friday, Jan. 17.

Fort Drum Marsh Conservation Area

Posted 1-13-2020

The northwest side parking area, all trails and campsites at Fort Drum Marsh Conservation Area will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 14, in anticipation of a planned prescribed fire on the property. Parking will remain open on the northeast parking area, however.  A news release will be posted on  the district’s news page once the fire has been ignited.