Tate's Hell WMA - Womack Creek Unit

Managed in cooperation with
Florida Forest Service

 

photo swallow-tailed kite
Swallow-tailed kite

Womack Creek Unit consists of nearly 14,000 acres in Franklin and Liberty counties just north of Carrabelle and is bordered by the Ochlockonee River, the Crooked River, and Highway 67. The area is part of just over 200,000-acre Tate's Hell State Forest. In the 1960s and 1970s the hydrology of Tate's Hell was significantly altered for pine plantations. The owners constructed roads and ditches and planted dense stands of pine. Today the Womack Creek Unit is mostly pine plantations with some hardwoods. Deer hunting is popular in the pine areas, and squirrel hunting is good in the forests near both the Ochlockonee and Crooked Rivers. Wildlife viewing, hiking, biking, and horseback riding are permitted on any open road in the forest unless posted otherwise.  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. Wildlife that may be seen on the area include wild turkey, feral hogs, white-tailed deer, wood ducks, Florida black bear, box turtles, swallow-tailed kites, gopher tortoise, and ground doves. Camping is permitted at designated campsites. The Womack Creek Recreation Area offers a primitive campground with picnic pavilion, bathhouse, and boat ramp with access to Ochlockonee River. Tent camping only is allowed, and a self serve pay station is located at the entrance. Also see the Tate's Hell website.

Rules Regarding Dogs

  • For purposes other than hunting, dogs are allowed, but must be kept under physical restraint at all times. 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.
  • 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, other than bird dogs, retrievers and dogs with a shoulder height of 15 inches or less is prohibited, except during the general gun dog season. 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. Dogs on leashes may be used for trailing wounded game.



FWC Facts:
Cranes are quite omnivorous. They feed on seeds, grain, berries, insects, earthworms, mice, small birds, snakes, lizards, frogs and crayfish, but they do not "fish" like herons.

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