Apalachicola River - Visitor Information

Fees

No daily-use or Wildlife Management Area permits currently required. If you are hunting or fishing, you must purchase the appropriate license and permit.

Facilities

Over a dozen boat ramps throughout area; picnic facilities at Sand Beach Recreation Site, as well as wildlife viewing tower, pier, paddling launch, and interpretive trail through cabbage palm hammock. The Apalachicola River WEA Recreation Guide is a useful resource when visiting this area.

Map of Apalachicola River WEA PDF

Public Access

The area is open to public access year round.

Hunting Regulations, Map and Hunt Calendar

Vehicle use regulations

  • Vehicles may be operated only on named or numbered roads.
  • Named or numbered roads may be closed to motorized vehicles by yellow gates in areas with established wildlife plantings beginning two days after the end of general gun season through the last day of the first phase of dove season.  A red gate designates a service road and is closed to motorized vehicles throughout the year.
  • Parked vehicles may not obstruct a road, gate or firelane.
  • No motor vehicle shall be operated on any part of any wildlife and environmental area that has been designated as closed to vehicular traffic.
  • The use of all-terrain vehicles is prohibited in that portion of the area posted as Northwest Florida Water Management District lands and on those lands lying east of East Bay and Cash Bayou.

Rules Regarding Dogs

  • For purposes other than hunting, dogs are allowed (except during spring turkey season), 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 WEA 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 deer or wild hog with dogs is prohibited in still hunt areas and during the archery, muzzleloading gun and archery/muzzleloading gun seasons. Hunting with dogs, other than bird dogs or retrievers, is prohibited in that portion of the area posted as Northwest Florida Water Management District lands (except those lands lying south of the Chipola River and east of the St. Joe Canal) and on those lands lying east of East Bay and Cash Bayou. The use of dogs other than bird dogs or retrievers on posted dove fields is prohibited during the first phase of dove 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 prohibitied. Deer dog training is prohibited except during the general gun season. Dogs on leashes may be used for trailing wounded game.

Location

The area begins just north of the town of Apalachicola and extends northward to the vicinity of Wewahitchka. Numerous access points to the area from SR 71, CR 381, CR 387, and Sauls Creek Road in Gulf County. In Franklin County, access points are located off of SR 65 and US-98 and CR 384 near Apalachicola.

View a location map PDF

Nearby

Additional wildlife viewing sites in the vicinity.

Tate's Hell Wildlife Management Area/Tate's Hell State Forest is east of the area. To the north is Apalachicola Wildlife Management Area/Apalachicola National Forest. The Fort Gadsden Historical site is located off Highway 65 north of the Apalachicola River WEA.  Box-R Wildlife Management Area is southwest of the area.

Ralph Kendrick Memorial Dwarf Cypress Boardwalk is 4.5 miles from Highway 65.

Nearest Cities/Towns

Apalachicola (immediately south), Port St. Joe (22 miles west), Eastpoint (1 mile south), and Carrabelle (14 miles east).



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