Hunting in Northwest Florida
Boat Ramps

Boat ramps can be a big help in getting into public land on the wildlife management areas in Northwest Florida.

You may want to go into the areas where vehicles are prohibited. That means you could be in for a lengthy hike into the woods while lugging pounds of hunting gear and shooting supplies & ammo. If that’s not your idea of having fun, you may consider getting into some of these areas by boat. Boat ramps are located along the rivers and lakes in many of the wildlife management areas.

We have researched the U.S. Forestry Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conversation Commission websites, maps, and any other sources we could find. As a result, we found the following locations of boat ramps on public land in wildlife management areas for hunting in Northwest Florida.

You may, also, want to visit the Florida Public Boat Ramp Finder for more locations throughout Florida.

Apalachicola Wildlife Management Area

Big Gully Landing - Off Highway 379, Franklin County, on Equaloxic Creek. From Big Gully landing it is six miles to the Apalachicola River.

Cotton Landing – Off Highway 379, Liberty County, on Kennedy Creek. From Cotton Landing, it is four miles to the Apalachicola River.

Hickory Landing – Off Highway 65, Franklin County, on Owl Creel. From Hickory Landing, it is two miles to the Apalachicola River.

Hitchcock Lake - Off Highway 67, Liberty County, on the Ocklockonee River.

Mack Landing – Off Highway 375, Wakulla County, on the Ocklockonee River.

Ocklockonee River - The Ocklockonee River splits the forest in half, running from Lake Talquin north of the forest down to the bay, navigable throughout its length for most of the year by small motorboats. There are boat ramps at Highway 20, Pine Creek, Whitehead Lake, Revell, Mack, Hitchcock Lake, and Wood Lake. Canoes and kayaks may also launch from these sites. Camping, water, and restroom facilities are available at Whitehead Lake, Mack Landing, and Wood Lake. All of these sites are Hunt Camps during hunting season (December-January).

Pine Creek Landing – Off Highway 375, Wakulla County, on the Ocklockonee River.

Revell Landing – Off Highway 67, Liberty County, on the Ochlockonee River.

Smith Creek Landing – Off Highway 65, on the Apalachicola River.

Sopchoppy River – With its headwaters arising on the Apalachicola National Forest, the Sopchoppy River is a local favorite with non-motorized paddlers. Although some hardy paddlers put in at the top of Bradwell Bay Wilderness on Forest Highway 13 and paddle the six miles down to Forest Road 346, low flows and twisty turns can make this a challenging trip. The U.S. Geological Survey stream gauge at Oak Park Bridge on Forest Road 346 should read between 10 and 14 feet before this upper section is considered for paddling. Below Oak Park Bridge, the Sopchoppy continues it meandering before becoming a larger blackwater river above the town of Sopchoppy. From there it is a much easier paddle to the boat ramps at the Sopchoppy City Park or the Ochlockonee River State Park.

White Oak Landing – Off Highway 379, Liberty County. From White Oak Landing onto the River Styx, it is approximately three miles to the Apalachicola River.

Whitehead Landing – Off FH-13 (between Highway 67 and Highway 375), Liberty County, on the Ocklockonee River.

Wood Lake – Off of Highway 375, Franklin County, off HWY 319 and 299.

Wood Lake Boat Ramp



Apalachicola Wildlife Management Area
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, Boat Ramps
Apalachicola National Forest Recreational Map
US Department of Agriculture, Forestry Service, Boating Ramps


Apalachicola Wildlife Management Area - Bradwell Unit
Ramp – none
Bradwell Unit Wildlife Management Area


Apalachee Wildlife Management Area

Arnold Landing – Off Highway 271, Jackson County.
Paramore Landing – Off Highway 271, Gadsden County.
Neals Landing – Off Highway 271, Gadsden County.
Apalachee Wildlife Management Area


Blackwater Wildlife Management Area
Ramp – none
Blackwater Wildlife Management Area


Blackwater Wildlife Management Area - Carr Unit
Ramp – none
Blackwater-Carr Unit Wildlife Management Area


Blackwater Wildlife Management Area - Hutton Unit
Ramp – none
Blackwater-Hutton Unit Wildlife Management Area


Box-R Wildlife Management Area
Pine Log Road Ramp - Franklin County
Box-R Wildlife Management Area


Choctawhatchee River Management Area
Holmes County: Highway 2 Highway 179 Highway
Washington County: Highway 90 Highway 181 Highway 79 Highway 81 Highway 20
Choctawhatchee Wildlife Management Area


Econfina Creek Management Area
Washington County – 4 boat ramps (see brochure)
Econfina Creek Wildlife Management Area


Eglin Air Force Base
Contact: Jackson Guard, 107 Highway 85, Niceville, Florida, (850) 882-4164.
Eglin AFB Website
Eglin AFB Information


Escambia River Management Area
Escambia County: Highway 4, Highway 29, Highway 90, Highway 184, Becks Lake Road, Cantonment, FL
Escambia River Wildlife Management Area


Flint Rock Wildlife Management Area
Ramp – none
Flink Rock Wildlife Management Area


Joe Budd Wildlife Management Area
New Bridge Road, Gadsden County, FL
High Bluff Road, Gadsden County, FL
Joe Budd Wildlife Management Area


L. Kird Edwards Wildlife Management Area
Ramp – none
L. Kirk Edwards Wildlife & Environmental Area


Lafayette Creek Wildlife Management Area
Ramp – none
Lafayette Creek Wildlife Management Area


Ochlockonee River Wildlife Management Area
Ramp – none (but a good place for hunting)
Ochlockonee River Wildlife Management Area


Perdido River Wildlife Management Area
Fillingim Landing Road – Escambia County
The Pipes Landing Road – Escambia County
Sand Landing Road – Escambia County
Perdido River Wildlife Management Area


Pine Log Wildlife Management Area
Road C-9, Bay County
Pine Log Wildlife Management Area


Point Washington Wildlife Management Area
Ramp – none
Point Washington Wildlife Management Area


St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge
Public boat ramps are not for hunt access
St. Marks Wildlife Management Area
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge Brochure


St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge
St. Vincent is a barrier island off of Apalachicola, Florida. Vehicles are not allowed. Access is by boat only.
St. Vincent Wildlife Management Area
St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge Brochure


Talquin Wildlife Management Area
Ramps – none
Talquin Wildlife Management Area


Tate's Hell Wildlife Management Area
Ramps – several throughout the area (see brochure)
Tates Hell Wildlife Management Area

Gully Branch Boat Ramp, New River: Located off Hwy/ 67, Liberty County .

Boat Ramp at Gully Branch, New River

Womack Creek, Ocklockonee River, Off Hwy. 67, Liberty County.
Tates Hell - Womack Creek Brochure

Womack Creek Boat Ramp, Ochlockonee River
Off Highway 67, Liberty County



Tyndall Airforce Base Tyndall Air Force Base, Natural Resources Flight, 325 CES/CEN, 119 Alabama Avenue, Tyndall Air Force Base, FL 32403; (850)283-2641 or (850) 283-2822.


Upper Chipola River Wildlife Management Area
Bump Nose Road, Jackson County
Upper Chipola River Wildlife Management Area


Wakulla State Forest Wildlife Management Area
Ramps – none
Wakulla Wildlife Management Area


Yellow River Wildlife Management Area
Okaloosa County: Off of Highway 90
Santa Rosa County: Off of Highway 90 Off of Highway 87
Yellow River Wildlife Management Area

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