Half Moon-Gum Slough

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.

Park Details

Street Address

8864 CR 247
Lake Panasoffkee, FL 33538
United States

Size
9554 Acres
Hours of Operation
Daily from sunrise to sunset.

Recreation Opportunities

Recreation Term

Bicycling

Recreation Description
  • 24 miles of designated or marked multiuse trails.
  • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets.

Recreation Term

Equestrian

Recreation Description
  • 24 miles of marked or designated multiuse trails.
  • Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test.
  • Equestrian use not permitted during hunting seasons.
  • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets.

Recreation Term

Fishing

Recreation Description
  • Designated freshwater ponds open for fishing.
  • Contact FWC for license requirements.

Recreation Term

Hiking

Recreation Description
  • 24 miles of trails.
  • During hunts, hikers are encouraged to wear hunter orange or other bright color above the waist.
  • Wet crossings are present along tram road.

Recreation Term

Hunting

Recreation Description
  • Contact FWC for information regarding license requirements and permits.
  • FWC rules and regulations must be observed throughout the year.

Recreation Term

Picnic Facilities

Recreation Description
  • Picnic facilities throughout property.

Additional Information

Access and Parking
  • Travel west on SR 44 approximately 7 miles to CR 247. Head north on CR 247 to public entrance gate.
  • ADA access and facilities available.
Restrooms and Water

Restrooms and water available at check station.

Location

Northwestern Sumter County, northeast of Inverness

For more Information

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, (352) 732-1225