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COVID-19 update: District to close reservation campsites, developed recreation areas

The Northwest Florida Water Management District closed each of its reservation campsites and developed recreation areas beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, for the next 60 days. This includes picnic areas, swimming areas, and other developed recreation sites. 

Hiking trails, bike trails, equestrian trails, and boat ramps will remain open for individual use, but users may not congregate at or use associated shared facilities (e.g. picnic tables, pavilions, restrooms, etc.) Individuals must maintain appropriate distances from other users while using trails and launching and retrieving boats and paddle craft. 

Until further notice, hunting and other disbursed recreation activities are allowed on all District-owned Wildlife Management Areas in accordance with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission rules for these areas (please see https://myfwc.com/hunting/wma-brochures/ for area-specific regulations). 

Individuals on District lands are expected to abide by current health guidelines implemented by the federal and/or state government for prevention of COVID-19 transmission, and in accordance with FWC regulations. 

Wildlife Management Areas where disbursed (backcountry) camping is allowed include: Escambia River WMA, Choctawhatchee River/Holmes Creek WMA, and the District-owned portions of the Yellow River WMA, Apalachicola WMA, and Apalachicola River Wildlife and Environmental Area (WEA). 

For updates on recreation area status, please visit: https://nwfwater.com/Lands/Recreation/Recreation-Site-Closures.

Please note: The Blue Spring Recreation Area on Econfina Creek and Econfina Creek Canoe Launch are both active construction sites. No trespassing is allowed.