Size: 35,487 acres
Location: The Apalachicola River Water Management Area runs some 19 miles along the Apalachicola River in Gulf and Liberty counties. The water management area lies east of Wewahitchka and west of the Apalachicola National Forest.
Purpose of Acquisition: The 35,487 acres of river floodplain that make up the Apalachicola River Water Management Area were purchased to preserve and protect the water quality of the Apalachicola River and its ecosystems. The Apalachicola River contains the largest forested floodplain in Florida, with more reptile and amphibian species than any other area north of Mexico.
Recreational opportunities: Seasonal hunting, bank fishing, canoeing, hiking, primitive camping, and bird-watching are all available on the tract. Florida River Island, located at the northeastern end of the water management area in Liberty County is very accessible for hunting and fishing. It is also a great area for bird-watching. Ninety-nine different species of breeding birds are known to live in or visit the Apalachicola area. Swallow-tail and Mississippi kites, as well as many different kind of hawks, put on great aerial displays here, especially during the spring. Picnicking and primitive camping areas are also available at this site.
Unique Geological Features: large alluvial floodplain, isolated upland "islands"
Plants You Might See: Ogeechee tupelo (source of tupelo honey), May haw (source of May haw jelly), spider lily
Wildlife You Might See: swallowtail kite, alligator, snapping turtle, black bear, bald eagle
Excerpted from: "Exploring District Lands." Published by the Northwest Florida Water Management District, 2000.
Their Disclaimer: "The users of this recreational guide should keep in mind that lands owned by the District are undergoing changes and refinements to improve recreational opportunities. Please contact the District's Land Division if you have questions or would like more information regarding specific recreational activities or facilities available for a particular area."