Veterans group visits Ocklawaha Prairie for alligator hunt

Ocklawaha River at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area

Kyle Young Canal (C-212) at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area

MAITLAND, Fla., Aug. 18, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District’s Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area in Marion County will host veteran’s group Operation Outdoor Freedom for a guided alligator hunt Aug. 19 and 20.

“As we strive to protect and improve Florida’s natural systems, we welcome opportunities to partner with community groups who want to explore and connect with these unique lands,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “While nearly all district lands are open to the public, we are especially proud to host our veterans.”

While the property remains open for other recreational activities during this time, weekend visitors may encounter extra vehicles and equipment in the parking area. The guided alligator hunt will occur during the evening and most activity will be confined to the open water.

A program of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs, Operation Outdoor Freedom provides wounded veterans with unique opportunities for recreation and rehabilitation. This is the third time in three years the group has visited the property for a guided alligator hunt.

The 6,230-acre Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area lies within an extensive wetland system which includes Tiger Den, Marshall Swamp and the Bead River. More information about the Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area is available online