Recent rains have raised water levels in the portion of the Everglades and Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area known as 3A North (north of Interstate 75 and west of U.S. 27), prompting the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to reopen the area. In April, the area was closed due to low water levels. The dry conditions increased the threat of vehicle-ignited wildfires in the area.

On Wednesday, May 16, Water Conservation Area 3A North within the Everglades WMA complex will once again be accessible by vehicle, airboat, all-terrain vehicle and other public access, pursuant to area rules.

For updated closure and reopening information, visit and click on “Wildlife Management Areas” and then “Open/Closed Status.” If you have additional questions, call the FWC’s South Regional Office at 561-625-5122.

To see the executive order, go to and click on “Executive Orders.”

To report a violation of this order, or any fish and wildlife law violation, call the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922.

News Reporter