Lochloosa Wildlife Management Area
Lochloosa Wildlife Management Area contains more than 11,000 acres of land around Lochloosa Lake in southeastern Alachua County. To the north and west is the Grove Park Wildlife Management Area. Also to the west is Alachua County's Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve.
Lochloosa Wildlife Management Area is composed mostly of pine plantations with water oak and live oak ridges. This is prime habitat for large populations of wading birds, osprey and bald eagles. Some eighteen species listed as either threatened or endangered make their homes on this property, including eastern indigo snake, Florida black bear, wood stork, sandhill crane and fox squirrel. You might also find gopher tortoise, bobcat, white-tailed deer, opossum, wild hog and wild turkey among these trees.
Lochloosa Wildlife Management Area is a site on the Great Florida Birding Trail and offers visitors opportunities to hunt, fish, hike, bicycle, ride horseback, boat, canoe, watch wildlife and enjoy some primitive camping (only with a permit in hand, outside of normal hunting seasons and in designated campsites only).
Lochloosa Wildlife Management Area is managed in cooperation with the St. Johns River Water Management District to protect the water quality and species diversity in this environmentally sensitive watershed.
Lochloosa Wildlife Management Area is open to public access year round but all vehicles and non-motorized bicycles are restricted to established roads. ATVs, tracked vehicles and any unregistered and/or unlicensed motorcycles are prohibited on the property. Horses are allowed only during times closed to hunting and only on established roads. Horseback riders are also required to have proof of a current negative Coggins Test results for their horse on their person when on the property.
Property map courtesy of Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission