What to Bring
Items to bring include:
- Water (a minimum of two quarts per person per day)
- First aid kit
- Insect repellent
- Compass or GPS
- Appropriate clothing for weather conditions
- Pocket knife
Leave No Trace
The District requests all users of District lands to follow the seven Leave No Trace Principles. These are not regulations but guidelines to help natural area users make informed decisions, so they may leave the area as beautiful and as natural as they found it.
- Plan ahead and prepare
- Travel and camp on durable surfaces
- Dispose of waste properly
- Leave what you find
- Minimize campfire impacts
- Respect wildlife
- Be considerate of other visitors
Tips for Watching Wildlife
The ultimate wildlife viewing experience is watching animals in their normal environment. Here are some helpful tips to become a wildlife-friendly viewer.
Use the right tools.
Carry a field guide and a pair of binoculars.
Watch at dawn and dusk.
This is the time when most wildlife species are active enough to view.
Keep your distance.
Stay on established trails and maintain a distance that is comfortable for the wildlife.
Move slowly and quietly to increase your chance of viewing wildlife and to avoid stressing the animals you wish to watch.
Do not feed wildlife.
There is plenty of food available in the wild. Human food can cause digestive problems, provide improper nutrition, and can even kill an animal.
The District is working diligently to open District lands in the wake of Hurricane Idalia. Other District tracts remain closed until cleanup efforts are completed. Please refer to the list below for tracts that are now re-opened to the public. Additional District Tracts Open Following Hurricane IdaliaRead On...
The Suwannee River Water Management District on Monday, August 28, announced the closure of all District lands at sunset due to Tropical Storm Idalia. TS Idalia is expected to intensify and become Hurricane Idalia before landfall on Tuesday night. District Land ClosuresRead On...