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 or 386-329-4404.

Bayard Conservation Area

Posted 8-23-2018

Bayard Conservation Area will be undergoing some changes beginning in the next coming weeks and months. Due to the upcoming extension of the First Coast Expressway, FDOT has taken ownership of the SR 16 road frontage of Bayard Conservation Area, this includes both of the current parking areas off of SR 16. Over the next couple months 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 impacted.

Posted 11-13-2017

A 63-acre timber harvest began at the end of 2017 and will be complete by the end of 2018, weather permitting. As a result of the heavy equipment coming and going, portions of the white and yellow trails will be closed throughout the project (see map). A map and additional information will be posted at the Bayard trailheads. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area / Moss Bluff Lock

Updated 2-7-2018

The Moss Bluff Lock is closed to boat traffic until further notice. The lock was closed in October 2017 for routine maintenance and repair of hurricane damage.

During the closure, the scheduled maintenance on slide-gates (which control water level within the lock) will be completed, as well as any hurricane damage repairs as needed. Signs are posted in the area to alert boaters of the temporary suspensions. County boat ramps located upstream and downstream of Moss Bluff remain open and available for use.

Seminole Ranch Conservation Area

Posted 6-8-2018

Two airboat crossings within the Seminole Ranch Conservation Area will be temporarily closed while the St. Johns River Water Management District installs block mats, which will help to further stabilize the crossings. During the closure, airboats should take the Snake Creek Channel to the east of the observation tower to travel to and from the south end of Loughman Lake. Closure will begin June 1 or when water levels recede enough to allow work to begin.

See details in news release

Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area

Posted 10-3-2018

A hydrologic restoration project is underway at Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area. An improved water control structure will be installed at the Half Mile Creek crossing located just northeast of the C.R. 326 trailhead. During the construction of this structure, the C.R. 326 trailhead will be closed for public safety.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Posted 3-24-2017

On hold due to weather but will resume when conditions permit.

Three areas of planted pines, totaling 218 acres, within Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area will undergo a first thinning (see map). Both the Red and White trails will be impacted by the work. Please be careful of logging trucks coming and going.

Sunnyhill Restoration Area North Tract

Posted 10-3-2018

The Sunnyhill Restoration Area North Tract will be closed to public access Nov. 6-8, 2018, for a “Wounded Warrior Special Opportunity Hunt” as part of the Operation Outdoor Freedom program. The district is partnering with the Florida Forest Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for this hunt.

For questions or additional information, please call:
SJRWMD: 386-329-4404 or 352-821-2066
Florida Forest Service: 863-578-1894

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 by the end of 2018, weather permitting.