Salt Lake Wildlife Management Area

1590 Arch Rd., Mims, 32754
(352) 732-1225
Daily, sunrise to sunset
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Salt Lake WMA

Miles of roads will keep you exploring the rugged Salt Lake WMA all day. Pine flatwoods, scrub, freshwater marshes, lakes and salt flats shelter 200 plus bird species. Florida Scrub-Jays are present, thanks to ongoing habitat restoration efforts. Look for them in the scrub at the Bear Bluff Rd entrance off Dairy Rd; hike to the South Lake overlook from this entrance to see Purple Gallinule. You may also see Wood Stork, Roseate Spoonbill, Black-crowned Night Heron, Least Bittern, and American White Pelicans on and around South and Salt Lake. Watch for breeding birds like Black-necked Stilt, Glossy Ibis, Osprey, Cooper’s Hawk, Hairy Woodpecker, Eastern Bluebird and Indigo Bunting. Shorebird activity can be high in spring, fall and winter, particularly along the brackish Salt Lake and its adjacent salt flats on the northwest side of the WMA. Seasonal hunting jobs occurs on select dates in this area, with many hunters using airsoft or bolt-action rifles to hunt game in the area. Birdwatchers may be disrupted if choosing to come to the area during hunting season. Though some hunters may use the quietest air rifle available in order to minimise disruption, this cannot be guarranteed for all hunters. For more information on the hunting season, including dates, permits and regulations, please refer to the leaflet (click here to access it). On the main portion of the Wildlife Management Area, vehicles are permitted to drive during hunting season only. Otherwise access is by foot, bicycle or horseback. Be careful as portions of roads may be wet at times. Bring appropriate footwear, plus food, water and sun protection. Restrooms are available at the check station near the main parking area on Arch Rd.

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