Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area

About this property

This conservation area protects the water quality and species diversity in an environmentally sensitive watershed. Preservation of the shoreline helps maintain hydrologic connections within the Orange Creek Basin. The St. Johns River Water Management District is undertaking an ecological restoration effort to improve ecosystem and hydrologic functions on portions of Lochloosa property.

In 1987, the state designated the nearby Orange Lake an Outstanding Florida Water. The Cross Creek community adds historic character with the site of author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ home close by.

One of the special highlights of this property is the stunning views of the lake shore that can be seen from the fishing pier at the end of Burnt Island Road. Many of the roads on Lochloosa WCA are open to vehicles during hunting season but may require 4×4 capabilities to travel them. All roads and trails are open to hiking, biking and horseback riding year-round.

Wildlife viewing

Please respect Florida’s wildlife and use caution while visiting district lands. These are wild animals. For your safety, do not approach or feed any wild animal. This area is of regional significance for large populations of bald eagles, ospreys, wading birds and other wetland-dependent species. Eighteen listed species live within the area, including wood stork, sandhill crane, black bear, fox squirrel and eastern indigo snake.

Recreational activities
  1. Seasonal hunting, fishing (handicapped accessible), hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, boating and wildlife viewing at designated locations.
  2. Boating and canoeing opportunities are available on Lochloosa Lake; however, there are no launches located on the property.

Access is along County Road 325 and U.S. 301. For details and to get driving directions from your location, see the Google Maps link on this page.