Visits are most pleasant in the fall and winter when there are fewer insects and cooler temperatures. Paddlers should check water levels and condition of trails when planning a trip. 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 web site.External Website Hunting occurs on limited days in the fall and winter. Paddlers should wear brightly colored clothing during these seasonal hunts. Avoid the first hour or so of daylight to minimize disturbance to hunters.

Hunters must comply with all hunting regulations
Hunting Regulations and Maps 

L. Kirk Edwards Hunt Calendar - Year-at-a-Glance Adobe PDF
(Calendar does not reflect migratory game bird hunting seasons.Adobe PDF)

Seasons SummaryDates (range July 2013 through June 2014)
Archery (east of Chaires Cross Road) September 14-16, 27-29 and October 11-13
Family Hunt (east of Chaires Cross Road) October 19-20
Archery/ Muzzleloading Gun (east of Chaires Cross Road) October 25-27, November 8-10, 22-24 and December 6-8
Small Game (west of Chaires Cross Road) November 9 through March 2
Small Game (east of Chaires Cross Road) December 20-22, January 3-5, 17-19, January 31 through February 2 and February 14-16
Spring Turkey - Youth (east of Chaires Cross Road) March 8-9 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Spring Turkey (east of Chaires Cross Road) March 15-17, 28-30 and April 11-13 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)

FWC Facts:
Spring and summer are the best times to listen for the elusive 5-inch Bachman's sparrow. Their song begins with a loud, clear whistle followed by an extended trill.

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