C23. Fred C. Babcock/Cecil M. Webb Wildlife Management Area
Nearest City: Punta Gorda
Phone Number: 941-575-5768
Features/Amenities: Restrooms, Entrance fee required, Seasonal hunting, Birding by car, Birding by boat, Birding by foot/hiking, Birding by bicycle, Best time of day: All day, Recommended length of visit: all day, Camping, Horseback riding br>
Habitats: Freshwater Marsh/Wetlands, Dry Prairie/Grassland, Pines, Lake/Pond/Impoundment, Hardwoods/Mixed Forest
With more than 65,000 acres of the finest intermixed pine flatwoods and freshwater marsh in the state (sprinkled with hardwood hammocks and dry prairie), this Wildlife Management Area (WMA) will keep you busy all day long. Drive or bike the roads (4WD not necessary), walk the trails, or take your canoe out onto Webb Lake. Two of the biggest draws for this property are singing Bachman’s Sparrows in the spring and easily-accessed Red-cockaded Woodpecker clusters (ask for a map at the WMA headquarters; office open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.). Some of the other highlights for this property include American and Least Bitterns, King Rail, Sandhill Crane, Wild Turkey, Sedge Wren, Brown-headed Nuthatch and many, many more. Seasonal hunting takes place at this site CLICK HERE for more details.
Directions: Entrance to the WMA is immediately east of I-75 at exit 158 (Tucker Grade).
Open all year, sunrise to sunset.
Location: 26.85804, -81.963899