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.

 

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Beth Morford

Hunting

Quota hunt permits are required during the archery, muzzleloading gun, and general gun seasons. Migratory birds in season may be hunted outside quota hunts.  During the small game season (which includes hogs), a hunting license and Wildlife Management Area permit are required. Hunting does is prohibited on this area.  There are some nice size bucks to be had if you are willing to do some serious walking and don't mind getting your feet wet.

 

Hunting Regulations, Map and Hunt Calendar

 

Fishing

With 9 miles of canals and several old borrow pits/ponds, good fishing opportunities abound. Popular species include largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, and warmouth. When the fish disperse, during the rainy season, the flag ponds provide good fishing. You can fish from canoe, kayak, boat, or along the bank within the management area boundaries. Keep in mind that there are no boat ramps and only trolling motors are recommended. Fishing license information.

 

Wildlife Viewing

Canal levees and trails provide good opportunities to see wildlife. Bobcats, wild turkeys, deer, hogs, alligators, river otters, softshell turtles, cooters, various snakes, and coyotes are found on the area. Hungryland is also a great place to view birds like the snail kite, osprey, and the red-shouldered hawk along with numerous other species including lots of wading birds. You may request a copy or download or print the Hungryland Bird List Adobe PDF. Visit the Wildlife page for more information about the area's wildlife.

 

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Beth Morford
West Jupiter Wetlands Trail

Hiking

The West Jupiter Wetlands trail is 2 miles long and can be accessed from the south side of Canal 6 Road (inside the main gate). The trail ends at Indiantown Road (SR 706).You can also access the West Jupiter Wetlands trail from Gate 6 (on SR 706/Indiantown Road) where there is a small parking area. The trail bisects a freshwater marsh about 1 mile in and is inundated much of the year except during the later portion of the dry season (March through May). The Old Jupiter-Indiantown Grade can be accessed off  Canal Road 5, Gates 3 and 4 off Pratt-Whitney Road (CR 711) and Gate 9 off of Old Jupiter Indiantown Road. This trail traverses the area and is approximately 6.5 miles. There are several low water crossings along the trail. The Grove Trail is a 4 mile loop that starts/ends at the south end of Canal Road 7.  This trail follows a levee that surrounds an old citrus grove. The best time to hike (and keep your feet dry) is January through May.  Visitors can also hike along any of the canal roads.  Map of Jones/Hungryland WEA Adobe PDF.

 

Biking

Bicycles are permitted along named or numbered roads and trails.

 

Horseback Riding

Horses may be used only on designated horse trails and named and 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 Adobe PDF.  All horseback riders must have proof of current negative Coggins Test results for their horses when on state lands.

 

Camping

Camping is permitted only at designated primitive camp sites (tents only). See the map of the WEA for designated camping areas. During hunting seasons, authorized hunting equipment may be taken on the area after 8:00 a.m. one day before the opening of each season and shall be removed from the area before 6:00 p.m. one day following the close of each season.



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