ORV Permit Office, located at the visitor center, is open from 9:00 - 3:00, every day but Christmas. ORV inspections are conducted FRI - MON.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
YOU ARE REQUIRED TO KNOW ALL RULES AND REGULATIONS.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Vehicles must meet specifi cations, permit requirements and be of the proper
type for each unit.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Vehicles must use designated access points and follow trail requirements in
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Off -road vehicles are prohibited from operating in preserve campgrounds,
with the exception of Bear Island and BurnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Lake, for the purpose of accessing
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ ATCs are limited to the number of riders intended by manufacturer. Safety
belts are to be worn on vehicles equipped with them.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Open containers of alcoholic beverages are prohibited on all ORVs.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Speed limits -15 miles per hour for wheeled vehicles, 30 miles per hour for
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Any device used to push aside, shear off , or otherwise damage vegetation is
prohibited. Tire chains, bar grips and other devices affi xed to tires are also
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Vehicles parked at trailheads should not impede traffi c fl ow on the road or
access to the ORV trail.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Airboats may travel on designated trails 50Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ from either side of trail markers
when terrain permits.
CAMPING, HUNTING AND OTHER REGULATIONS
Fires may be banned during high fi re danger. Check bulletin boards for special
regulations or announcements.
Individuals occupying a site may bring camping and/or hunting equipment onto
the preserve after 8 a.m. one day before the opening of each of the following
hunting seasons and must remove such equipment from the preserve before 6
p.m. one day after each season ends (applies to archery/muzzle loading, general
gun and spring turkey seasons). Individuals who leave equipment unattended
during the allowable time period must leave identifi cation (name, address, phone
number) clearly visible on the tree stand, tent, or similar equipment. Equipment
must be removed between seasons.
In Zone 4 airboat users must camp in designated campsites only (1-17); backcountry
camping is allowed in other areas of Zone 4 (except the seaside sparrow
closure area) when access is gained by foot or non-motorized vessel, and the
campsite is located at least 1/2 mile from the Loop Road and 1/4 mile from any
designated campsite or airboat trail; no personal property can be left in the backcountry
(tents, grills, cookware, tables, bedding, etc.) anywhere in Zone 4 when
the user is not actively camping and staying overnight at the campsite.
All fi rearms and hunting weapons are allowed only during hunting season with
the appropriate licenses. Target shooting is prohibited.
Weapons on ORVs must be unloaded and cased or stored in a manner that will
prevent their ready use.
The shooting, hunting with or possession of loaded weapons within campgrounds
Those hunting or accompanying a hunter during muzzleloading and general gun
season must wear at least 500 square inches of fl uorescent orange material above
the waistline as an outer garment.
Recreational frogging is allowed throughout the year. Frogs may only be taken
by the use of gigs. Artifi cial lights may only be used for frogging as spotlighting is
prohibited for other species.
Dogs are not permitted in the backcountry. Bird dogs and waterfowl
retrievers are allowed for hunting purposes during the respective seasons.
Generators are prohibited in the backcountry
Nearly impossible to reach by foot, generations explored remote areas of the preserve by homemade airboats or swamp buggies. Today, people enjoy this traditional activity along an extensive trail system by obtaining permits for a variety of allowed vehicles.