Find out where you can enjoy your next outdoor adventure!
children gazing at the starsFrom asteroids to zodiac constellations, amateur astronomers can prop up their telescopes on select SFWMD public lands and gaze at the natural wonders of the night sky – away from urban lights. We've identified some locations where conditions are ideal for stargazing. Locations »
Public Recreation Use Rule Development for District-owned Lands Under Way
At its March 2013 meeting, the SFWMD Governing Board authorized Public Recreation Use Rule Development (40E-7) for District-owned lands. The agency is gathering public feedback and comments on the existing rules through a series of public workshops, SFWMD Water Resources Advisory Commission (WRAC) meetings and online. The last major update of the rule was in 2006. more »

Hiking, fishing, camping, bird-watching, horseback riding, nature study, cycling, hunting, geocaching, stargazing – what's your pleasure?

The South Florida Water Management District is the steward for more than 1 million acres of public land. Over the years, we've taken great strides to expand public recreational opportunities on land purchased with public dollars – and it keeps getting better.

Each year we take steps to enhance and expand recreational use of all District-owned property throughout our 16-county region. Activities at each location are compatible with natural resources protection and intended land use priorities.

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We invite you to explore recreational opportunities on your public lands. Our colorful, 117-page recreation guide is packed with information. You'll find a comprehensive listing of lands available for public use and access – as well as maps, descriptions, suggested outings, driving directions and contact information for each location.

Recreational Licenses and Permits

Special Use License

In certain instances, a no-cost Special Use License, issued by the South Florida Water Management District, may be required for some activities, such as camping or horseback riding.

SFWMD Public Recreation Use Rule for District-owned Lands (40E-7) [PDF]

Vehicle Access Authorization

Certain District lands that allow vehicle access have locked gates. In order to access these areas, a Vehicle Access Authorization is required.

  • For more information on Vehicle Access Authorization or to apply for authorization, click here

Hunting & Fishing Licenses

Most recreational activities on District lands are managed by agencies such as the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission or other state, federal, county or city governments in partnership with the South Florida Water Management District. Most licenses for hunting or fishing must be obtained from the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).


Discover Florida Wild SM

We know your pursuit of outdoor fun doesn't stop at the end of a Florida Park Service map. To help you connect the dots, we've teamed up with our partners to create an outdoor recreation portal.

Learn how to Discover Florida Wild SM

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Forever, Etched in Sand

Transcript [PDF]

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