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.

Lake Norris Conservation Area

Posted 7-1-2022

The District will close the road trailhead at the Lake Norris Conservation Area beginning July 5 for approximately three weeks for installation of a new bridge. The closure will also affect the group campsite and canoe concession (managed by Lake County Water Authority). Access to the canoe launch into Blackwater Creek at the trailhead and the Hart Ranch Road access point will not be affected.

Fellsmere Grade Recreation Area

Posted 7-1-2022

The District will close the Stick Marsh airboat ramp at Fellsmere Grade Recreation Area, located within the Blue Cypress Conservation Area, between July 5 and 9 to allow for repairs. A District contractor will remove upstream sheetpile and cofferdam as part of refurbishment work on the nearby S-96 water control structure. During this time, the boat ramp at Stick Marsh will remain open.

Blue Cypress Conservation Area

Posted 7-1-2022

The District will close the Stick Marsh airboat ramp at Fellsmere Grade Recreation Area, located within the Blue Cypress Conservation Area, between July 5 and 9 to allow for repairs. A District contractor will remove upstream sheetpile and cofferdam as part of refurbishment work on the nearby S-96 water control structure. During this time, the boat ramp at Stick Marsh will remain open.

Posted 6-23-2022

The area along the L-77 West Levee in the Blue Cypress Water Management Area, also known as Lake Garcia, has been designated an idle speed zone. Signs have been posted on property and are located at the motorboat and airboat ramps of the 512 recreation area. The idle speed zone extends 300 feet east of the L-77 West levee.

This idle speed zone has been temporarily established to alleviate erosion at the levee toe and will remain in place for approximately two years as the District works on planned reinforcements to the levee and littoral zone.

See recreational map for other areas to visit in the area.

Blue Cypress Conservation Area map

Hal Scott Regional Preserve and Park

Posted on 5-12-2022

The parking area and public access to Hal Scott Regional Preserve and Park will be closed for two periods for May 18-19 and June 2-8. These closures are to accommodate parking area improvement construction activities.

Econlockhatchee Sandhill Conservation Area

Posted on 5-12-2022

The parking area and public access to Econlockhatchee Sandhills Conservation Area will be closed May 16-25. This closure is to accommodate parking area improvement construction activities.

Rice Creek Conservation Area

Posted 3-16-2022

Effective 3/16/2022, the District has closed a portion of the Levee Trail on Rice Creek Conservation Area due to repairs needed on a foot bridge crossing Rice Creek. The portion will be closed indefinitely but does not affect the entire Levee Trail or the Florida National Scenic Trail.

Rice Creek Trail closure map

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

Posted 6-23-2022

A portion of the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive will be closed Friday, June 24, as the District conducts maintenance work. The 1.5-mile section of McDonald Canal Road to its intersection with Lake Level Canal Road for approximately 1 mile along Lake Level Canal Road will be closed. Visitors will still be able to enjoy the wildlife drive along an alternative along Laughlin Road and Interceptor Road.

Lake George Conservation Area (Fill Road Timber Sale)

Posted 3-14-2022

Areas within Lake George Conservation Area totaling 287 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 November 12, 2022. This work could impact hunting within the Lake George Wildlife Management Area.

Map of area around Lake George

Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area

Updated 5-26-2022

Repairs to the airboat crossing at the Burnt Island Road section of the Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area are being conducted Thursday, May 26. This will require the closure of a portion of Burnt Island Road to the public at the airboat crossing location and will prohibit public access to the Burnt Island public parking lot, pavilion, boat ramp and fishing pier during this time.

Posted 3-14-2022

An area within Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area totaling 101 acres (see map) will undergo a second thinning timber sale. Some internal roads may be impacted. 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, 2023. 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)

Updated 5-3-2022

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 2023. 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 7-1-2022

Structure S-96 is the primary land-based access to T.M. Goodwin and the nearby rookery islands.  S-96 is undergoing major construction renovation work. Until further notice, S-96 is closed to pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles, Monday through Saturday when the construction crew is onsite except during the following times:

  • Vehicles (no pedestrians/ bicyclists) are permitted to drive across S-96 to T.M. Goodwin on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Pedestrians/ bicyclists (no vehicles) are permitted to cross S-96 on Saturdays.
  • Pedestrians/bicyclist are permitted to cross S-96 on Sundays.  Vehicles are also permitted to drive across S-96 to T.M. Goodwin on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitors are encouraged to call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at 321-726-2862 to confirm the hours of operation at T.M. Goodwin, as it is a wildlife management area managed by FWC. T.M. Goodwin is closed to public vehicle traffic on Mondays.

Please use caution and expect delays when crossing S-96, as this is an active construction site. Visitors must stay on the roadway and out of work zones and equipment staging areas. All work is scheduled to be complete by July 30, 2022.

Fort Drum Conservation Area

Updated on 6-13-2022

FPL is in the next phase of a construction project to replace aging power poles on the south and west sides of the District’s Fort Drum Conservation Area in Indian River County. Access to the construction area is closed weekdays through the end of July for the public’s safety. This access will be open for public use on weekends.

Dump trucks and other heavy equipment will be accessing the construction site from the east public access point into the property along the L-79 levee Monday through Friday. This equipment’s use will create unsafe conditions for public recreation on those days. The purpose of this phase of construction is to pour the concrete foundations that the new power poles will be anchored to.

Hours of operation and access to the main entrance to Fort Drum at Lake Cara will be unaffected by this construction. Additional notices will be posted as needed.

Fort Drum Conservation Area construction plan