A-1 Flow Equalization Basin (A-1 FEB)
Beginning Jan. 7, 2019, the A-1 Flow Equalization Basin will be temporarily closed to public use until further notice due to construction.
Contractors hired by SFWMD will be moving more than 800,000 cubic yards of rock from the A-1 FEB to the nearby site of the future Everglades Agricultural Area Storage Reservoir. SFWMD is staging materials on the EAA Storage Reservoir site now to help reduce the overall construction time frame for the project. More details are available at www.sfwmd.gov/eaareservoir.
Located in southern Palm Beach County west of U.S. Highway 27, the A-1 Flow Equalization Basin (FEB) is the largest of three constructed storage features in the State of Florida's Restoration Strategies Plan to improve water quality in the Everglades. The 15,000-acre shallow reservoir is used to capture and temporarily store peak stormwater flows, holding water up to 4 feet deep. The water is then directed at a controlled rate to two nearby Stormwater Treatment Areas (STAs) to improve the ability of the treatment wetlands to remove nutrients such as phosphorus from the water before it is sent to the Everglades.
In June 2017, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board approved public access for the A-1 FEB, opening thousands of additional acres to residents and visitors to enjoy the outdoors. Like the STAs it works with, the A-1 FEB offers a variety of nature-based recreational activities. Visitors can enjoy hiking, bicycling and wildlife viewing from approximately 30 miles of levees in and around the reservoir. The site is also open to fishing year-round and waterfowl and alligator hunting on specific dates.
The recreation area is open all day on Fridays through Sundays for regularly permitted activities.
For More Information:
Contact the FWC for details about hunting at (561) 625-5122 or visit www.myfwc.com/hunting.
For all other inquiries, please call the SFWMD recreation hotline at (866) 433-6312 or visit www.sfwmd.gov/recreation.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission manages hunting on SFWMD lands. Please visit www.myfwc.com regarding current hunt dates, regulations and directions to check stations to ensure the most accurate and latest information.
- Aug. 15 - Feb. 8: The use of licensed motorized vehicles is allowed by all users along the designated public access levee around the FEB.
- Feb. 9 - Aug. 14: Access is allowed only for licensed motorized vehicles accessing the non-motorized canoe/kayak boat launch area. A Special Use License is required. Click here to apply.
The entrance is located at Mile Marker 60 on the west side of U.S. Highway 27, approximately 12 miles north of the Broward-Palm Beach county line.