This property was acquired to protect and preserve natural water resources and the water quality of the Withlacoochee River, Gum Slough and associated tributaries. The Withlacoochee River, Gum Slough and Gum Springs Run are located adjacent to the property and were designated Outstanding Florida Waters in 1989. Gum Slough is a four-mile-long spring run that flows into the Withlacoochee River. The water in Gum Slough comes from several springs, which makes it remarkably clear and appealing. For the most part, the riverine shores along the property are still natural and undeveloped. The upland areas of the property are a mixture of natural pine flatwoods and oak hammock.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) owns the property along the eastern boundary of the District’s property. These ownerships combined represent 9,480 acres of public lands known as the Half Moon Wildlife Management Area, which is managed by the FWC.
For additional information, please contact:
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
8864 CR 247
Lake Panasoffkee, FL 33538