In support of the resource management goals and
objectives for the area and to provide a quality experience for all
area users, the following recreation activities are allowed.
Youth Dove Hunting
Hunting is limited to high quality hunts with a limited number
of hunters during seasons that run from August to April. A hunting
license, Wildlife Management Area Permit and
a quota hunt permit are required to hunt
here. Check the Dinner Island Ranch hunt regulations for
the type of quota permit required for each season. A
quota permit is not required during the small game season.
This area was one of the most sought after quota hunt areas in the
state when it was opened for hunting in 2003. The area good
opportunities for deer, turkey, hog, dove and migratory
Regulations with Maps and Hunting Calendar
Fishing is permitted throughout the area but
opportunities are limited to bank fishing along canals and in
scattered ponds. Water levels fluctuate with seasonal rainfall.
Appropriate licenses and permits are required.
Dinner Island Ranch WMA is an excellent place to
view wildlife year-round. Wading birds of all types - ibis, herons,
egrets, wood storks, roseate spoonbills - as well as Florida
sandhill cranes, crested caracaras, kestrels and white-tailed deer
are common. This area is part of the Great Florida Birding
Trail. You may also request a copy or download
or print the Dinner Island
Ranch Bird List . Visit the Wildlife page for more information about the
Trail through improved pasture
Hikes are pleasant along any of the unimproved
numbered roads with late fall through spring being the best time.
All roads are open to vehicles year-round and seasonal rainfall
periodically floods some sections. Road 5 is the driest unimproved
road and offers one the best opportunities for foot travel.
Off-road bicyclists will find that the named roads
offer the best travel conditions. The numbered roads are decent for
mountain bikes with 3, 5, 7/9, and 10 being the most accessible.
All roads offer great scenery and abundant wildlife.
Horses are prohibited during archery, muzzleloading
gun, general hunt, family hunts, and spring turkey season.
During the remainder of the year, horses are permitted only on
named or numbered roads. Children under the age of 16 are
required to wear a helmet when riding on public lands. For
more detailed information go to Nicole's Law . All horseback riders must have
proof of current negative Coggins Test results for their horses
when on state lands.
Camping is permitted year-round at one of the two
designated camping areas. Camp A is an open field with easy
access for trailers. Camp B is loated under an oak hammock
with plenty of shade and a vault toilet. You will need to
bring your own water.
Unpaved roads pass through a variety of natural
communities and offer opportunities to observe wildlife, wild
flowers, butterflies and much more.