The property was acquired for protection of the area’s groundwater recharge, as well as important surface water features and wetland habitats. The preserve’s wetlands play a role in both the Tsala Apopka Chain of Lakes and the Withlacoochee River systems, part of the Floridan aquifer’s recharge/discharge system. Additionally, the site provides habitat to wildlife, including a small population of threatened Florida scrub-jays.
- Multiuse trails.
- Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets.
- Site 57 on western section of Great Florida Birding Trail.
- Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for more information.
Boating and Paddling
- Nearest public boat ramp at end of CR 581.
- Separate sites available for equestrian, group, primitive and backcountry camping.
- Sites have picnic tables, fire rings and/or grills.
- Nonpotable water source available.
- A free reservation is required and must be displayed on dashboard at campground.
- These campsites are accessible only by foot or from a body of water.
- These sites have no amenities.
- Mound fires – keep fires small, only use sticks found on the ground.
- 12 miles of marked woods roads.
- Riders are required to stay on marked trails.
- Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test.
- Horse-drawn buggy riding only on marked trails; requires a free reservation.
- Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets.
- Fishing and frogging allowed throughout year along river.
- Contact FWC for license requirements.
- 30 miles open for hiking, including a 4-mile river trail and 16-mile loop trail.
- Prepare for wet hiking; some trails are excessively wet during certain times of year.
- Orange blaze symbols indicate primary trail. Blue blazes indicate side trails. White blaze symbols indicate overnight loop. Double blaze symbols indicate a sharp turn in trail.
- Contact FWC for information regarding license requirements and permits.
- FWC rules and regulations must be observed throughout the year.
- Limited picnic facilities available at campsite.
Access and Parking
- Day-use parking off Hooty Point gives access to river hiking trail.
- Parking at Dee River Road gate for trails leading to upland and freshwater marsh communities. Equestrian parking available.
- ADA access and facilities available.
Restrooms and Water
- Portable toilets located at equestrian/group and primitive campgrounds.
- Nonpotable water available at equestrian/group area.
Northeastern Citrus County, east of Inverness
Nearby Recreation Lands
For More Information
Land Resources Department, Southwest Florida Water Management District, 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211, ext. 4470