Access to Public Areas Reinstated

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is reinstating all public access to 12 wildlife management areas and wildlife and environmental areas in northwest Florida following the passage of Hurricane Frances through the state.

Hurricane Frances was downgraded to a tropical storm before it entered Gulf waters and caused little damage to public lands in the Panhandle.

Anyone who operates a vehicle on these areas should exercise caution and watch for downed trees or washed out roads. Road hazards can be reported to the FWC at (850) 265-3676.

The reopened areas in northwest Florida are:

Wildlife Management Areas

Apalachee (Jackson County)
Aucilla (Jefferson and Taylor Counties)
Blackwater (Santa Rosa and Okaloosa Counties)
Blue Water Creek (Escambia County)
Box-R (Franklin County)
Flint Rock (Wakulla and Jefferson Counties)
Joe Budd (Gadsden County)
Robert Brent (Gadsden and Liberty Counties)
Yellow River (Okaloosa and Santa Rosa Counties)

Wildlife and Environmental Areas

Apalachicola River (Franklin and Gulf Counties)
Judges Cave (Jackson County)
L. Kirk Edwards (Leon County)


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