A drivable levee system is essentially the only way to access the more than 60,000 acres that make up these two Wildlife Management Areas. Together with the 670,000 acres of adjoining Everglades and Francis S. Taylor WMA, this vast protected area constitutes one of the largest intact properties of the Everglades ecosystem. Levees along both sides of the canals that separate the properties provide opportunities to enjoy relatively uninterrupted viewing of Green Herons, Black-necked Stilts, Purple Gallinules, along with occasional sightings of American Bitterns (winter) and resident King Rails. Keep an eye skyward also; it is not uncommon to see Swallow-tailed and Snail Kites, Northern Harriers (winter) and Bald Eagles.The L4/L5 levee system, which runs east/west approximately 21 miles, is bisected by levee roads along Miami Canal at the boundary between these two sites. The Miami Canal levees can also be driven, but be aware that the road on the east side has no outlet and you will have to turn around. The L4/L5 road is a long drive that ends on rural Huff Bridge Rd., far from the area where the levee road starts. It can be a long wait or a long walk in the event of car trouble. In addition, the levee roads are joined at intervals by other dirt roads, and the system can become confusing. It is advisable to obtain area maps before you go, and to fill up both your gas tank and water bottles before setting out. Seasonal hunting takes place at both sites please click here for details.