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:
A hunting license and Wildlife Management Area Permit are required to hunt here. Check the L.Kirk Edwards WEA Hunt Brochure for an area map, specific dates, quota permit requirements and a regulations summary.
Waterfowl and gray squirrel hunting is available on limited days in the fall and winter. Wood ducks, blue- and green-winged teal and ring-necked ducks are prized. Turkey and deer hunting is available via quota permit on limited days during the spring turkey season and archery and archery/muzzleloading gun seasons respectively.
Fishing is permitted throughout the area but is most productive on Piney Z Lake, a part of the Lafayette chain of lakes that lies about one mile west of the WEA. In 1996, 193-acre Piney Z Lake was pumped dry, exposing its bottom for the first time in half a century. Accumulated muck was removed and shaped into five spoil islands and six earthen "fishing fingers." The lake was stocked with largemouth bass, bream, redear sunfish and channel catfish. The lake is managed by the FWC as a fish management area in cooperation with the City of Tallahassee and Leon County. Appropriate licenses and permits are required. Fishing license information.
The L. Kirk Edwards WEA, within Lake Lafayette, hosts the largest wood stork colony in northwest Florida. The area was established to protect and sustain this endangered wading bird. In addition to wood storks, wetlands commonly attract wading birds - ibis, herons and egrets - and waterfowl such as wood ducks, blue- and green-winged teal and ring-necked ducks. Peruse the Wildlife page for more information about the area's wildlife.
Hiking, Biking and Horseback Riding
There are no recreational trails at L. Kirk Edwards, but two adjacent conservation areas - Lafayette Heritage Trail Park and J.R. Alford Greenway - offer a network of trails designed for these activities. 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.
The Lafayette Passage Paddling Trail meanders through Lake Lafayette in the western portion of the WEA and continues to Lake Piney Z in the adjoining Lafayette Heritage Trail Park, operated by the City of Tallahassee. One boat launch is located on the Road to the Lake (not State property)and one within the city park. The two lakes are separated by an earthen berm which requires a portage for paddlers choosing to explore both lakes.
Wear brightly colored clothing if you paddle during seasonal hunts, which occur on limited days in the fall and winter. Avoid canoeing during the first couple of hours of daylight to minimize disturbance to hunters. Please stay on paddling trails. Paddling is best in fall and winter. Low water levels or an abundance of aquatic plants in summer months can make paddling difficult. Water gauges are located at each landing and at the portage. Levels of 1.0 or higher are best for paddling. Check on current conditions at the City of Tallahassee TalGov.com web site.