BIRD-WATCHING TOURS Stormwater Treatment Areas are the water-cleaning workhorses of Everglades restoration, but they are also renowned havens for birds and bird watchers. The SFWMD has partnered with local Audubon Society chapters to offer bird-watching tours at these STAs:
STARGAZING From asteroids to zodiac constellations, amateur astronomers can prop up their telescopes on select SFWMD public lands and gaze at the natural wonders of the night sky – away from urban lights. We've identified some locations where conditions are ideal for stargazing. Locations »
The South Florida Water Management District is the steward for more than 1 million acres of public land. Over the years, we've taken great strides to expand public recreational opportunities on land purchased with public dollars – and it keeps getting better.
Each year we take steps to enhance and expand recreational use of all District-owned property throughout our 16-county region. Activities at each location are compatible with natural resources protection and intended land use priorities.
We invite you to explore recreational opportunities on your public lands. Our colorful, 117-page recreation guide is packed with information. You'll find a comprehensive listing of lands available for public use and access – as well as maps, descriptions, suggested outings, driving directions and contact information for each location.
In certain instances, a no-cost Special Use License, issued by the South Florida Water Management District, may be required for vehicle access to SFWMD lands with locked gates or for some activities, such as camping or horseback riding.
Most recreational activities on District lands are managed by agencies such as the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission or other state, federal, county or city governments in partnership with the South Florida Water Management District. Most licenses for hunting or fishing must be obtained from the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).