Announcements and property closures

District camping notice

Camping areas on district lands throughout its 18 counties reopened May 22, 2020. The district reminds visitors to follow all social distancing and health advisories, following guidance from the state of Florida and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Take drinking water, insect repellent and hand sanitizer.


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.

Blue Cypress Conservation Area

Posted 3-25 2020

The levees adjacent to the water control structure known as S-96C in the headwaters of the St. Johns River in Indian River County are closed to public access until further notice. The district is currently refurbishing the structure and issued the closure for safety reasons.

Blue Cypress Conservation Area

Posted 10-6 2020

Road 2 at Buck Lake Conservation Area/Buck Lake Wildlife Management Area is closed to vehicular traffic due to flood conditions until further notice. Hunters accessing the property via motorized vehicle may use Road 1 as an alternate route.

Closure map

Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Posted 11-2 2020

Portions of this property will be closed Nov. 13–15 and Dec. 4–6 for youth and women’s deer hunts. The District is hosting the Gainesville chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for its annual youth and women’s deer hunts. The River Styx tract, located on the southwest portion of Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve, will be closed to other public access during the hunt. The trail system will not be impacted; only the western portion of the property will be closed.

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Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Posted 11-2 2020

Portions of this property will be closed Nov. 13–15 and Dec. 4–6 for youth and women’s deer hunts. The District is hosting the Gainesville chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for its annual youth and women’s deer hunts. The north and south tracts will be closed to other public users during the hunt. The Hatchet Creek tract will remain open to other users.

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Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area

Posted 11-20 2020

An area within Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area totaling 229 acres (see map) will undergo a second thinning timber sale. The Interpretive Drive may be impacted by the thinning operation. When work is underway, please be careful with the logging trucks entering and exiting the property. The contract allows the work to be conducted through October 21, 2021. This work could impact hunting within the Lochloosa Wildlife Management Area.

Map of area around Lochloosa Lake