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.

Bayard Conservation Area

Posted 8-23-2018

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

During the first week of June 2019, the district submitted Fellsmere Water Management Area boat ramp site development information to the city of Fellsmere. District staff anticipate completing the city of Fellsmere site development approval process in the near future. The district submitted a funding application to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for a fiscal year 2019–2020 Florida Boating Improvement Program (FBIP) grant. FBIP ranking results will be announced at the end of June 2019. The contract for the improvement of the Fellsmere Water Management Area boat ramp has been advertised.  The onsite pre-bid meeting was held on June 4, 2019.  Bids are due June 20, 2019, with an anticipated construction award at the district’s July Governing Board meeting. 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

Posted 3-1-2019

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 or have recreational detours, with trail options listed below.
  • 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: On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, park at Magnolia Park trailhead (2929 S. Binion Road, Apopka, FL 32703). Take the marked detour north at Conrad Road, head west on Lust Road. Please use caution as that visitors using this detour on these days will share the road with vehicle traffic.

Route 2: 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 3: 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.

River Lakes Conservation Area

Posted 6-17-2019

The district will shut down public access to River Lakes Conservation Area in Brevard County between June 18 and June 21 due road improvements at the property.

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

Posted 5-23-2019

A portion of the trailhead off State Road 326 is closed due to construction for the public’s safety. Please see map for details. Construction is expected to last two weeks, weather permitting.

Map of Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area Hydrologic Restoration Sites

Thomas Creek Conservation Area

Posted 3-24-2017

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, weather permitting.

Three Forks Marsh

Posted 6-26-2019

A small section of the Three Forks Trail in Indian River County will be closed until the end of August due to a construction project in the Upper St. Johns River Basin.

The St. Johns River Water Management District is refurbishing water control structure S-96B, located at the northwest corner of the St. Johns Water Management Area, commonly known as the “Stick Marsh.” During this eight-month-long project, access at the Three Forks Marsh Trail will be impassable in the immediate area where work is being performed. Work will not affect the remaining 31 miles of connected trails.

Go to https://www.sjrwmd.com/static/lands/trailguides/threeforkstrail.pdf for a trail guide.

Three Forks Marsh trail closure area

Twelve-Mile Swamp Conservation Area

Posted 1-14-2019

The trailhead at this property (440 International Golf Parkway, St. Augustine) will be closed beginning Jan. 15, 2019, for the public’s safety. Rayonier, who holds a timber lease from the district through 2025 on the property, will conduct the timber sale.