Fees

No Daily-Use Permit currently required. To hunt or fish you must possess the appropriate license and permit.

Facilities

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Missy Juntunen

Eight interpretive kiosks and a viewing tower along I-75 provide information on endangered species, fire management, sport fishing and the Everglades ecosystems. Public use boat ramps and picnic tables are also available at these sites.  An Everglades wildlife exhibit is located within the rest area located at mile marker 36 on I-75.  This exhibit characterizes each community type within the Everglades ecosystem from the prairies of Central Florida to the mangroves of Florida Bay.

Several recreation areas are located along the boundary of the wildlife management area: Loxahatchee Recreation Area, Sawgrass Recreation Area, Everglades Holiday Park, Thompson Park, and Mac's Fish Camp. These facilities, along with several on Tamiami Trail, provide boat ramps, camping facilities, boat rentals, airboat tours, fishing guides, bait and tackle supplies, and food.

Map of Everglades and Francis S. Taylor WMA PDF

Public Access

The area is open to public access year round, except as noted below.

Hunting Regulations, Map and Hunt Calendar

Vehicle use regulations:

  • Motorized vehicles are prohibited on all the levees except the L-4 and L-5 levees.
  • During the general gun-vehicle season, only those vehicles authorized by non-transferable general gun-vehicle permits are allowed in Conservation Area 3A North during legal shooting hours, except that frogging, by airboat only, is allowed from one hour after sunset until one hour before sunrise.
  • During the archery, muzzleloading gun and general gun-walk seasons, all-terrain vehicles are allowed but only for the purpose of hunting. During the two weeks prior to the archery season and one week prior to the muzzleloading gun and general gun-walk seasons, all-terrain vehicles are allowed, but only for the purpose of scouting.  During the remainder of the year, all-terrain vehicles are prohibited.  All other vehicles are prohibited except on levees L-4 and L-5.
  • No person shall operate any all-terrain vehicle, motorized two-wheeled vehicle or motorized three-wheeled vehicle unless it is equipped with an orange rectangular flag at least 10 inches wide and 12 inches long and displayed at a minimum height of 6 feet above the top of the seat.
  • While an all-terrain vehicle is in motion, no person shall occupy any platform or structure attached to it.  No all-terrain vehicle may be equipped with a steering mechanism that would enable the all-terrain vehicle to be operated from a platform or structure attached to it.
  • During the archery, muzzleloading gun, and the general gun-walk season, the operation of airboats is prohibited in Conservation Area 3A North during legal shooting hours. Hunting equipment may be transported on boats and all-terrain vehicles.
  • Due to construction, the L-6 levee is closed to public access and there will be no walk-in access into Conservation Area 2A for the 2011-2012 season.
  • Persons participating in the statewide alligator harvest program may operate airboats and tracked vehicles throughout the area during alligator hunts.
  • Parked vehicles may not obstruct a road, gate or firelane.
  • Vehicles and airboats are prohibited on tree islands, wildlife islands and tree strands.
  • No motor vehicle shall be operated on any part of any wildlife management area that has been designated as closed to vehicular traffic.
  • No vessel shall be operated outside of Water Management District canals unless it is equipped with an orange rectangular flag at least 10 inches wide and 12 inches long and displayed at a minimum height of 10 feet above the bottom of the vessel.
  • Commercial recreational activities, such as but not limited to airboat rides, guide services or other tourist services, are prohibited in Conservation Area 3A South west of the Miami Canal, unless authorized by the Miccosukee Tribe, which has the exclusive right to provide such services in the Leased Area.

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 is prohibited, except during the general gun-vehicle season, and retrievers are allowed when waterfowl is legal to take. Dogs may be trained in Francis S. Taylor WMA October 1-10. 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.

Location

Southwestern Palm Beach, western Broward, and northwestern Miami-Dade counties.

From Naples - Take I-75 south (Alligator Alley) to mile marker 41.

From Ft. Lauderdale - Take I-595 west to I-75 north (Alligator Alley). Take I-75 north to mile marker 31.

View a location map PDF

Nearby

Additional wildlife viewing sites in the vicinity.

Nearest Cities/Towns

Miami (15 miles east), Ft. Lauderdale (10 miles east), and Boca Raton (10 miles northeast).



FWC Facts:
A 2011 survey showed that 49 percent of residents and 47 percent of tourists participate in wildlife-viewing trips in Florida.

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