Half Moon Wildlife Management Area


Half Moon WMA is a 9,554-acre composite of wetlands, hammocks, flatwoods, and improved pasture. The Withlacoochee River borders the area to the west and Ventura Ranch borders Half Moon on the east. Mill Creek and Gum Slough, scenic spring-fed tributaries of the Withlacoochee, traverse the area. Half Moon's scrubby flatwoods are home to a small population of threatened Florida scrub-jays.

Portions of Half Moon are recharge areas for the Floridan aquifer, the source of most of Florida's drinking water. Here limestone of the Upper Floridan aquifer is visible at the land surface. Excellent opportunities exist for a variety of recreational activities, including horseback riding, wildlife viewing, biking, hiking, fishing, and hunting. Half Moon's array of wetlands contributes significantly to floral, faunal, and habitat diversity.

FWC Facts:
Whooping cranes mate for life, but they will take a new mate after the loss of the original. The pair will return to use and defend the same nesting and wintering territory year after year.

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