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.

Blue Cypress Conservation Area

Posted 1-7-2022

Two airboat crossings within the St. Johns Water Management Area at the Blue Cypress Conservation Area will be closed through 5 p.m. daily for repairs beginning the week of Jan. 10 for approximately 60 days. The District will be making repairs to airboat crossings near the water control structure.

Map of the St. Johns Water Management Area with airboat crossings

Fellsmere Grade Recreation Area, Blue Cypress Conservation Area

Updated on 12-22-2021

Construction activities at Structure S-96 at the upstream (west) cofferdam have been completed. The airboat ramp has been reopened. Future closures will be announced at a later date.

Clark Bay Conservation Area (Southside Timber Sale)

Posted 9-22-2021

Areas within Clark Bay Conservation Area totaling 181 acres (see map) will undergo a first thinning timber sale. The objective of this sale is tree density reduction, freeing up growing space for the best quality trees, thus maintaining and improving forest health. Various interior roads may be impacted by the thinning operation. When work is underway, please be careful with the logging trucks entering and exiting the property. Contracts allow the work to be conducted through August 2022. This work could impact hunting within the Tiger Bay Wildlife Management Area.

Map of area around Clark Bay

Heart Island Conservation Area (Strawn Rd. Timber Sale)

Posted 11-30-2021

Areas within Heart Island Conservation Area totaling 358 acres (see map) will undergo a second thinning marked timber sale. The objective of this sale is tree density reduction, freeing up growing space for the best quality trees, thus maintaining and improving forest health. Various interior roads south of State Road 40 may be impacted by the thinning operation. When work is underway, please be careful with the logging trucks entering and exiting the property. Contracts allow the work to be conducted through November 24, 2022. This work could impact hunting within the Lake George Wildlife Management Area.”

Map of area around Heart Island sale

Heart Island Conservation Area (Bull Pen Timber Sale)

Posted 9-22-2021

Areas within Heart Island Conservation Area totaling 287 acres (see map) will undergo a first thinning timber sale. The objective of this sale is tree density reduction, freeing up growing space for the best quality trees, thus maintaining and improving forest health. Various interior roads may be impacted by the thinning operation. When work is underway, please be careful with the logging trucks entering and exiting the property. Contracts allow the work to be conducted through June 3, 2022. This work could impact hunting within the Lake George Wildlife Management  Area.

Map of area around Heart Island Bull Pen

Heart Island Conservation Area (Still Road Timber Sale)

Posted 9-22-2021

Areas within Heart Island Conservation Area totaling 235 acres (see map) will undergo a second thinning marked timber sale. The objective of this sale is tree density reduction, freeing up growing space for the best quality trees, thus maintaining and improving forest health. Various interior roads may be impacted by the thinning operation. When work is underway, please be careful with the logging trucks entering and exiting the property. Contracts allow the work to be conducted through February 24, 2022. This work could impact hunting within the Lake George Wildlife Management Area.

Map of area around Heart Island

Lake Apopka North Shore

Posted 1-7-2021

Construction of the new Magnolia Park Eco-tourism Center has resulted in the temporary closure of the park, which is one of several access points to the Lake Apopka Loop Trail. Information about Orange County’s construction project at Magnolia Park can be found here.

Other entrances to the Lake Apopka North Shore are:

  • Green Mountain Scenic Overlook and Trailhead, 20700 County Road 455, Minneola
  • North Shore Trailhead at 24600 County Road 448A, Mount Dora
  • Clay Island Trailhead, 22526 Carolyn Lane, Astatula
  • Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive entrance, 2850 Lust Road, Apopka
Map of Lake Apopka North Shore with closed trail indicated

Lake George Conservation Area (Fill Road Timber Sale)

Posted 9-22-2021

Areas within Lake George Conservation Area totaling 159 acres (see map) will undergo a thinning  timber sale. The objective of this sale is tree density reduction, freeing up growing space for the best quality trees, thus maintaining and improving forest health. Various interior roads may be impacted by the thinning operation. When work is underway, please be careful with the logging trucks entering and exiting the property. Contracts allow the work to be conducted through October 1, 2022. This work could impact hunting within the Lake George Wildlife Management Area.

Map of area around Lake George

Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area

Posted 9-23-2021

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 March 11, 2022. This work could impact hunting within the Lochloosa Wildlife Management Area.

Map of area around Lochloosa

Posted 11-30-2021

An area within Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area totaling 251 acres (see map) will undergo a thinning and fuel wood harvest timber sale. Fish Camp Road and various seasonal roads may be impacted by the timber operations. 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 November 10, 2022. This work could impact hunting within the Lochloosa Wildlife Management Area.

Map of area around Lochloosa

Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area (FY-2020 Silver Springs #2)

Posted 9-22-2021

Areas within Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area totaling 214 acres (see map) will undergo a first thinning timber sale. The objective of this sale is tree density reduction, freeing up growing space for the best quality trees, thus maintaining and improving forest health. Various interior roads may be impacted by the thinning operation. When work is underway, please be careful with the logging trucks entering and exiting the property. Contracts allow the work to be conducted through September 5, 2022. This work could impact hunting within the Silver Springs Forest Wildlife Management Area.

Map of area around Silver Springs

Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area (Marked Thinning FY-2020)

Posted 9-23-2021

Areas within Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area totaling 187 acres (see map) will undergo a second thinning marked timber sale. The objective of this sale is tree density reduction, freeing up growing space for the best quality trees, thus maintaining and improving forest health. Various interior roads may be impacted by the thinning operation. When work is underway, please be careful with the logging trucks entering and exiting the property. Contracts allow the work to be conducted through May 30, 2022. This work could impact hunting within the Silver Springs Forest Wildlife Management Area.

Map of area around Silver Springs

Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area (Silver Springs 2021 Timber Sale)

Posted 9-22-2021

Areas within Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area totaling 380 acres (see map) will undergo a first thinning timber sale. The objective of this sale is tree density reduction, freeing up growing space for the best quality trees, thus maintaining and improving forest health. Various interior roads may be impacted by the thinning operation. When work is underway, please be careful with the logging trucks entering and exiting the property. Contracts allow the work to be conducted through February 16, 2022. This work could impact hunting within the Silver Springs Forest Wildlife Management Area.

Map of Silver Springs Forest

T.M. Goodwin Waterfowl Management Area, Three Forks Conservation Area

Updated on 1-14-2022

The contractor at S-96 will be working on Saturdays until further notice beginning Jan 15.  Access across S-96 remains closed when workers are present, except pedestrian access is permitted on Saturdays and vehicular access (no pedestrians) is permitted until 1 p.m. on the following dates:  Jan. 20, Jan. 27, Feb. 3 and Feb. 10. Vehicular access for hunters will also be permitted until 1 p.m. on hunt days at T.M. Goodwin. Additional openings and/or other closures will be posted at a later date. Please use caution and expect delays, as this is an active construction site. We ask visitors to stay on the roadway and out of work zones and equipment staging areas. All work is scheduled to be complete by July 30, 2022.