Explore the deepest wildlands of a Florida blackwater cypress swamp, or float down the crystal clear waters of a pristine spring-fed stream.

District lands preserve hundreds of miles of pristine shoreline along many of the beautiful rivers and lakes in the region. Whether it is a great blue heron stalking its prey, an alligator sunning on a log or a deer getting a drink from the cool, clear waters of a spring-fed river, there are endless opportunities to view wildlife in their native habitats while exploring these natural areas.

Where possible, launch facilities are provided on adjacent water bodies. However, not all District lands provide boat access, as many areas already have launching facilities nearby. Lakes and ponds wholly within District lands that allow paddling and boating access are clearly posted as open for these activities. Check the recreation sites on the right of this page for individual property descriptions and more information.

Please follow the complete Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission requirements, registration and other regulations regarding boating on District land.

How to contact us:

Land Use and Protection Section (LND)
Southwest Florida Water Management District
2379 Broad Street, Brooksville, FL 34604-6899

Telephone: 1-800-423-1476 (toll-free, FL only) or (352) 796-7211, ext. 4470
Fax: (352) 754-6877