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.

Heart Island Conservation Area

Posted 1-12-2021

Areas within Heart Island Conservation Area totaling 588.5 acres (see maps) will undergo a first thinning timber sale. 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 25 (Truck Trail 12) or May 3 (Bull Pen), 2021. This work could impact hunting within the Lake George Wildlife Management Area.

Map of Heart Island conservation area timber sales
Map of Heart Island conservation area timber sales, emphasizing Bull Pen road

Lake Apopka North Shore

Posted 1-4-2021

Construction has begun on the Lake Apopka Duda Property Water Storage Improvement Project to improve water management abilities and reduce phosphorus loading to Lake Apopka through infrastructure improvements. Portions of the Lake Apopka Loop Trail will be intermittently closed to all public access during construction to raise internal levees. The public’s use of the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive will not be affected by the construction. See details in our news release.


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

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

Rice Creek Conservation Area

Posted 1-12-2021

Areas within Rice Creek Conservation Area totaling 108 acres (see map) will undergo a first thinning timber sale. 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. Contract allows the work to be conducted through February 20, 2021. This work could impact hunting within the Caravelle Ranch Wildlife Management Area.

Map of Rice Creek conservation area timber sales

Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area

Posted 2-4-2021

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, 2021. This work could impact hunting within the Silver Springs Forest Wildlife Management Area.

Map of Silver Springs