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.

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

Palm Bluff Conservation Area

Posted 2-11-2022

Effective February 10, 2022 the bridge located at the south end of the red blaze trail loop is closed for repairs. Once repairs are complete, the bridge will be reopened for public use.

Visitors who wish to access the yellow blaze trail loop will need to use the seasonally flooded water crossing identified on the trail map.

Map of the Conservation Area

Blue Cypress Conservation Area

Posted 3-16-2022

The motorboat ramp at the District’s 512 recreation pad, which provides access into Blue Cypress Water Management Area West (A.K.A. Lake Garcia), will be temporarily closed to conduct much needed repairs to the ramp. The concrete portion of the ramp will be extended another 10 feet to facilitate launching and landing of trailered watercraft. The closure will occur at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 27, and remain closed through Friday, April 8, 2022. Work on the dock and walkway is expected to begin on March 28. These times/dates are subject to change based on scheduling. The airboat ramp will remain open for use by all watercraft.

Posted 1-7-2022

Two airboat crossings within the St. Johns Water Management Area at the Blue Cypress Conservation Area will be closed through 5 p.m. daily for repairs beginning the week of Jan. 10 for approximately 60 days. The District will be making repairs to airboat crossings near the water control structure.

Map of the St. Johns Water Management Area with airboat crossings

Fellsmere Grade Recreation Area, Blue Cypress Conservation Area

Updated on 12-22-2021

Construction activities at Structure S-96 at the upstream (west) cofferdam have been completed. The airboat ramp has been reopened. Future closures will be announced at a later date.

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 3-21-2022

Construction began March 21 on the Lake Apopka North Shore to mitigate erosion damage caused when water is discharged from the canal or attached cells. To ensure public safety, access to Interceptor Road and Laughlin Road from McDonald northward will be restricted for the duration of the construction, which is expected to be completed in Mary 2022.

A map illustrates road closures at 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

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

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)

Posted 9-22-2021

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 16, 2022. 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 3-21-2022

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 3-28-2022

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. Effective immediately, access to the construction area will be closed weekdays through the end of May 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