Beaverdam Creek Wildlife Management Area
Managed in cooperation with the Northwest Florida Water Management District
credit - Tyler Macmillan
Part of a complex of public and private conservation lands bordering the Apalachicola River in Liberty County, the 1,317-acre Beaverdam Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) preserves the rich biological diversity unique to this part of Florida and helps to protect the water quality of the river and its tributary creeks. Located on the east bank of the Apalachicola River north of Bristol, Beaverdam Creek WMA shares a portion of its eastern boundary with the Nature Conservancy’s Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve and Torreya State Park. The area is named for Beaverdam Creek, a shallow stream that enters the property from the east and meanders south to the Apalachicola River. Home to extensive river floodplain, steep bluffs, shallow creeks and rare plants, this region of Florida attracts scientists and a variety of recreationists. Opened in 2011, the area provides opportunities for hunting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, boating and wildlife viewing. Camping is prohibited.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission administers hunting-related activities. Wildlife is abundant and includes white-tailed deer, wild turkey, gray squirrel and swallow-tailed and Mississippi kites (spring and summer).
Visitors enjoy hunting, fishing, horseback riding, boating, hiking and wildlife viewing. There are no formal trails, but the unpaved roads invite exploration. A boat ramp, located on the east side of the river at the end of Harry Donar Road, provides access to the Apalachicola River.
Beaverdam Creek WMA is open for public use year-round. Vehicles may be driven on Harry Donar Road year-round; however, the road that extends about one-half mile south from the boat ramp at the end of Harry Donar Road is only open during hunting seasons (view Hunting Regulations brochure). Visitors may enter the area from Harry Donar Road or the Apalachicola River.
Dogs are permitted, but must be kept under physical restraint at all times. Regulations regarding hunting dogs can be found in the Hunting Regulations brochure
Abide by all state safety regulations for an enjoyable visit.
For more information: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, (850)265-3676; Northwest Florida Water Management District, (850)539-5999.
Visit the Northwest Florida Water Management District recreation page.
View FWC's Hunting Regulations brochure for Beaverdam Creek WMA for an area map, hunting seasons, permits, fees and area regulations.