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Using District Lands

Most District lands are natural areas with no developed recreational facilities.

Essentially all properties are open to exploration by hikers, cyclers, and equestrians (except where specifically prohibited).

Public roads are maintained for vehicular travel, however, administrative and seasonal roads are not maintained as recreational facilities, so they should be used at your own risk.

Hunting opportunities are available on District lands that are designated as Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Wildlife Management Areas.

Some activities, such as camping, may require a free permit, which can be obtained from the District by using the online recreation reservation system.

General Guidelines

District lands offer recreational opportunities for all visitors. Please follow the guideline restrictions listed below:

  • District lands are open during daylight hours every day (unless authorized by camping permit).
  • Posession and consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on the Perdido River and Econfina Creek WMA's, in the Holmes Creek Unit of the Choctawhatchee River WMA, and in the Altha Tract of the Chipola River WMA.
  • All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and non-street-legal vehicles are prohibited.
  • Dumping of trash is prohibited.
  • Pets must be kept on a leash; no free-roaming dogs (unless specified otherwise).
  • The possession of firearms or other similar devices must comply with Chapter 790, Florida Statutes.
  • Removal or disturbance of trees, plants, soil, minerals, or cultural resources is prohibited.
  • Please practice "leave no trace" ethics by removing all personal trash and equipment when leaving District lands.
  • Please report all suspicious activities to the District, the local sheriff, or a wildlife officer at phone number.


Certain natural conditions, plants, or animals encountered on District lands could be dangerous. It is your responsibility to exercise reasonable caution and care in threatening situations or areas.

Notice of Statutory Limitation of Liability

Subject to the limitations therein, Section 373.1395, Florida Statutes, provides that the District owes no duty of care to keep its park areas or lands safe for entry or use by others or to give warning to persons entering areas or lands of any hazardous conditions, structures, or activities thereon.

The District does not, by providing any of its park area or land for outdoor recreational purposes, extend any assurance that such park area or land is safe for any purpose; does not incur any duty of care toward a person who goes on park area or land; and is not responsible for any injury to persons or property caused by an act or omission of a person who goes on park area or land.