Fees

The Department of Environmental Protection charges $3.00 to enter at the dam.  No cost for WMA permit holders when hunting or scouting. Six mile boat ramp and Roscoe entrances are free. To hunt or fish you must possess the appropriate license and permit.

Facilities

Four observation structures, 2 boat ramps

Map of Guana River WMA North PDF

Map of Guana River WMA South PDF

Public Access

The area is open to public access year round.  During periods when the upland portion is not open for scouting, archery, muzzleloading gun, general gun, small game, waterfowl, and spring turkey seasons, public access to the upland portion is restricted to walk-in access only, and only from the Guana Dam and Roscoe Boulevard Extension entrances.  During periods when the upland portion is open for scouting, archery, muzzleloading gun, general gun, small game, waterfowl, and spring turkey seasons, public access to the upland portion is restricted to the Guana Dam entrance only.  Persons accessing, parking or launching boats at the Guana Dam are required to pay an access fee to the Department of Environmental Protection.  During periods open to scouting and archery, muzzleloading gun, general gun, small game, waterfowl, and spring turkey seasons, persons in possession of a valid management area permit or Sportsman's license are not required to pay the fee for vehicular access to the upland area of the management area.  Public access to the Guana Dam Water Control Structure or any portion thereof is prohibited.

Hunting Regulations, Map and Hunt Calendar

Vehicle use regulations:

  • Vehicles may be operated only on named or numbered roads.
  • Vehicle access for scouting is allowed only one day prior to each 3-day hunt during the archery, muzzleloader, general gun, small game and spring turkey seasons from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. during Daylight Savings Time and from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. during Eastern Standard Time.  Waterfowl scouting  is allowed on Lake Ponte Vedra from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the Saturday prior to the opening of each phase of the duck and coot season.
  • No motor vehicle shall be operated on any part of any wildlife management area that has been designated as closed to vehicular traffic.
  • Horses and bicycles may be used only on named or numbered roads or trails.  Horses are prohibited during the archery, muzzleloading gun, general gun and small game and spring turkey seasons.
  • The Roscoe Boulevard Extension entrance is open for public access only from sunrise to sunset and only during periods closed to scouting, archery, muzzleloading gun, general gun, small game, and spring turkey seasons.
  • Parked vehicles may not obstruct a road, gate, or firelane.
  • Use of airboats, all-terrain vehicles, tracked vehicles or unlicensed and unregistered motorcycles is prohibited.
  • Vessels with internal combustion engines larger than 10 h.p. are prohibited on Lake Ponte Vedra, except alligator hunt participants may use airboats and outboard motors larger than 10 h.p. when hunting alligators.
  • The use of boats within 50 yards of the Guana Dam Water Control Structure is prohibited.
  • Lake Ponte Vedra is open for recreational use from Guana Dam to a line 2 miles north of the dam at all times, and on the remainder of Lake Ponte Vedra and the interior lakes from February 10 through November 10.

Rules Regarding Dogs

  • For purposes other than hunting, dogs are allowed, but must be kept under physical restraint at all times.
  • Hunting with dogs is prohibited, except bird dogs or retrievers are allowed during the small game and waterfowl seasons. Dogs are prohibited in areas posted as "Closed to Public Access" by FWC administrative action. Dogs on leashes may be used for trailing wounded game. Hunting dogs may be taken onto the WMA after 8 a.m. the day before the opening of the archery season and shall be removed by 6 p.m. one day following the close of the final weekend of the small game season.
  • No person shall allow any dog to pursue or molest wildlife during any period in which the taking of wildlife by the use of dogs is prohibited. Dogs are prohibited in areas posted as "Closed to Public Access" by FWC administrative action.

Location

St. Johns County between Jacksonville and St. Augustine; from I-95 take exit 311 (SR 207) north to US Hwy 1. From Hwy 1, take A1A north about 8 miles to the entrance on left.

View a location map PDF

Nearby

Additional wildlife viewing sites in the vicinity.External Website

Nearest Cities/Towns

Jacksonville (15 miles north), and St. Augustine (13 miles south).



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