Rains necessitate temporary WMA road closures
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Media contact: Joy Hill, 352-258-3426
The recent torrential rains in parts of Central Florida have
created problems for some roads in the Tosohatchee Wildlife
Management Area (WMA) and the Little Big Econ WMA in eastern Orange
County and Three Lakes WMA and Herky Huffman/Bull Creek WMA in
Osceola County, causing the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) to close some roads temporarily to vehicular
traffic. Hunters and others wishing to use the WMAs should call the
FWC's Ocala office at 352-732-1225 for updates and current
In Tosohatchee WMA the following roads have been closed to
vehicular traffic through Oct. 17:
- Fishhole Road from Beehead Road to Long Bluff Road. Water is
flowing across Fishhole Road at Jim Creek, making the road
impassable, and several other areas of Fishhole Road are washed out
or flooded as well.
- Lake Charlie Road will be closed south of Lake Charlie (to
include Spur Road).
In Little Big Econ WMA the following road has been closed to
vehicular traffic through Oct. 22:
- Road 4 about three-fourths of a mile from where it ends at the
Econlockhatchee River. The river has flooded across the road to a
level of about 3 feet.
In Three Lakes WMA the following roads have been closed to
vehicular traffic through Oct. 14:
- Roads 5b, 5 (partial), 19 (partial), 18, 3, 12, 15 and the end
of Long Loop. The roads are impassable and covered by water.
In Herky Huffman/Bull Creek WMA the following roads have been
closed to vehicular traffic through Oct. 14:
- The northeastern portion of Loop Road from the area known as
"Hairpin Turn" to about one-quarter mile south of Yoke Branch. Deep
water has made the road impassable.
In their current condition, these roads pose safety hazards and
could be significantly damaged if vehicles use them right now.
Biologists will monitor the roads every day and will work to reopen
them as soon as possible.