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 email@example.com or 386-329-4404.
Bayard Conservation Area
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
The district anticipates completing a city of Fellsmere site development approval process for a Fellsmere Water Management Area boat ramp by the end of March. The district will submit a funding application to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for a fiscal year 2019–2020 Florida Boating Improvement Program (FBIP) grant. The application period for this grant runs from February until April 2019, with the FBIP ranking results announced in June 2019. Based on the ranking results of the FBIP grant, construction of the Fellsmere Water Management Area boat ramp is anticipated to commence in late summer/early fall 2019. See map at right, where the yellow star indicates the approximate location of proposed boat ramp.
Non-motorized public recreational access is currently available to the 4,189-acre Fellsmere Area 1 Public Small Game Hunting Area portion of Fellsmere Water Management Area.
Lake Apopka North Shore
Portions of the Lake Apopka Loop Trail within the district’s property will be closed beginning March 4, 2019, as work is performed to reconstruct about 4.4 miles of levee.
The entire levee improvement project spans the east side of the Lake Apopka North Shore, between Magnolia Park and Laughlin Road, and will increase the levee’s elevation by about 18 inches. The project will be completed in two phases:
- Phase one extends from Magnolia Park to the historic pumphouse and begins March 4. This portion of the Lake Apopka Loop Trail will be closed to recreation during the work, Monday through Saturday, beginning March 4 and fully reopening in late April. Sunday visitors are asked to use caution during this time.
- Phase two extends from the historic pumphouse to Laughlin Road and will begin at the completion of the first phase. Trail closures and detours will be determined closer to the start date.
During construction, alternative bike routes and parking options include:
Route 1: Park at Jones Avenue Stormwater Park (2990 Lake Level Canal Road, Mount Dora, FL 32757). Take Lake Level Canal Road to the edge of Lake Apopka, head east on Lake Spur to the Historic Pump House, head north on Welland Road, West on Roach Road, north on Laughlin Road, west on Interceptor, north on Lake Level Canal Road to return to Jones Avenue Stormwater Park. Approximately 12 miles.
Route 2: Park at Jones Avenue Stormwater Park (2990 Lake Level Canal Road, Mount Dora, FL 32757). Take Lake Level Canal Road almost to the edge of Lake Apopka but turn west at the crossing over the Lake Level Canal. Take the Loop Trail west to its terminus with the Green Mountain Trailhead. Approximately 13 miles one way; 26-mile round trip. Numerous turn-around points along the way.
Newnans Lake Conservation Area
A timber sale has begun at the Hatchet Creek tract of Newnans Lake Conservation Area. It will impact the white trail and parking lot for up to the next four weeks, through mid-April. During this time, vehicle parking is available, however, horse trailer parking is not available. See map.
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.”
Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area
On hold due to weather but will resume when conditions permit.
Three areas of planted pines, totaling 218 acres, within Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area will undergo a first thinning (see map). Both the Red and White trails will be impacted by the work. Please be careful of logging trucks coming and going.
Thomas Creek Conservation Area
Multiple areas within Thomas Creek Conservation Area will have forestry operations occurring over the next year (see map). When work is underway, please be careful with the logging trucks entering and exiting the property. This work could impact hunting within the Wildlife Management Area and the White trail. The contract will be complete by the end of 2018, weather permitting.
Twelve-Mile Swamp Conservation Area
The trailhead at this property (440 International Golf Parkway, St. Augustine) will be closed beginning Jan. 15, 2019, for the public’s safety. The closure is expected to be for approximately six weeks for a timber sale. Rayonier, who holds a timber lease from the district through 2025 on the property, will conduct the timber sale.