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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 386-329-4404.
Lake Apopka North Shore ( Posted 12-13-2016 )
The North Shore Trailhead at the district’s Lake Apopka North Shore will be closed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day from Monday, Dec. 19 to Thursday, Dec. 22 in order to make repairs to the bridge leading into the North Shore Trailhead parking area. There are several alternative trailheads available (see map).
Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve and Newnans Lake Conservation Area
( Posted 12-7-2016 )
The St. Johns River Water Management District is partnering with the Gainesville chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for a youth deer hunt Dec. 9-11 at the River Styx portion of Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve (see map) and the north tract of Newnans Lake Conservation Area (see map) in Alachua County.
Both Youth Hunt areas will be closed to public access during this three-day hunt. The remaining portions of both Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve and Newnans Lake Conservation Area will be open to public access as usual.
Stokes Landing Conservation Area ( Posted 11-22-2016 )
The observation tower at Stokes Landing Conservation Area is closed until further notice (see map). Numerous boards have broken and will be replaced in the upcoming weeks. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area ( Posted on 2‑4‑2016 )
The 4.2-mile self-guided wildlife drive within the St. Johns River Water Management District’s Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area in Lake County will remain closed throughout the 2016 season (see map ). The closure is due to projects geared at restoring the natural connection to Lake Griffin, improving the wildlife drive and constructing a pad for a new and larger public boat ramp. The closure is necessary for public safety as the district prepares to restore the connection between Lake Griffin and the area west of Emeralda Island Road known as Area Three.
Bayard Conservation Area ( Posted on 1‑15‑2016 )
Two areas of Bayard Conservation Area will undergo timber management activities during 2016 (see map ). One area is a thinning in pine flatwoods to improve natural community health (84 acres). The second is a clearcut of slash pine and subsequent planting of longleaf pine for the purposes of pine flatwoods restoration (39 acres). The contractors have until January 2017 to complete the project.
During the course of this project, a portion of the white trail may need to be closed for public safety. If so, a notice will be placed on the website and signage will be placed at the trailhead. Also, one of the restoration areas is located within the Bayard Wildlife Management Area. Please use extra caution in these areas. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Newnans Lake Conservation Area ( Posted on 1‑15‑2016 )
Several areas of Newnans Lake Conservation Area, totaling 241 acres, will undergo a first time thinning in a pine plantation (see map ). The contractors have until January 2017 to complete the project.
During the course of this project, a portion of the white and yellow trails, located on the North Tract (south of State Road 26), may need to be closed for public safety. If so, a notice will be placed on the website and signage will be placed at the trailhead. Some of the restoration areas are located within the Hatchet Creek Wildlife Management Area. Please use extra caution in these areas. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.