Lake George Wildlife Management Area

Managed in cooperation with
Florida Forest Service
St. Johns River Water Management District
Volusia County

 

photo of rainbow over Lake George
Rainbow over Lake George

Lake George WMA is adjacent to Lake George in Putnam and Volusia counties. The area's more than 39,000 acres are primarily mixed hardwood swamp and pine flatwoods. Florida black bear, Sherman's fox squirrel, gopher tortoise, and bald eagle are among the listed species on the area. Additionally, bobcat, alligator, hawk, heron, otter, owl, osprey, and white-tailed deer may be found here. Hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, hiking, horseback riding, bicycling, paddling, and primitive camping are allowed on this area.  Children under the age of 16 are required to wear a helmet when horseback riding on public lands.  For more detailed information go to Nicole's Law PDF.  All horseback riders must have proof of current negative Coggins Test results for their horses when on state lands. No camping is permitted during the general gun season. Two boat ramps, a fishing pier, and a canoe launch along Lake George facilitate boating, paddling, and fishing. For additional information, a recreation guide is available from the St. Johns River Water Management District.  Also see the Lake George - Dexter/Mary Farms Unit website.

Rules Regarding Dogs

  • For purposes other than hunting, dogs are allowed, but must be kept under physical restraint at all times.
  • Hunting dogs may be taken onto the WMA after 8 a.m. the day before the opening of a season and shall be removed by 6 p.m. one day after the end of the season. Hunting with dogs is prohibited, except bird dogs or retrievers may be used during the general gun and small game seasons. Dogs on leashes may be used for trailing wounded game.
  • Dogs are prohibited in areas posted as "Closed to Public Access" by FWC administrative action. No person shall allow any dog to pursue or molest any wildlife during any period in which the taking of wildlife by the use of dogs is prohibited.



FWC Facts:
Barn owls in Florida breed from March through July and nest in secluded places like caves, barns, tree cavities and large birdhouses. They build no actual nest.

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