The Mt. Gilead tract is located in southwestern Madison County and the Lamont tract is located in southeastern Jefferson County. The Aucilla flows between the two tracts and there are several man made rock shoals used to dam the river for irrigation purposes.
Access to the Mt. Gilead tract from Monticello:
Travel south on CR 257 to Lamont, cross US 19; travel 9 miles south crossing the Aucilla River, turn left on Rocky Ford Cemetery Road; travel 2 miles and the entrance is on the left.
Access to the Lamont tract from Monticello:
Travel south on CR 257 to Lamont, cross US 19; travel 3 miles to Lanier Grade, turn left and travel .75 miles, turn right on an unnamed road; travel .25 miles to the tract entrance.
Both the Mt. Gilead and Lamont tracts are interspersed with floodplain forest, wetland flat wood, bottom land forest, pine plantation, basin swamp, and mesic flat wood communities.
Wildlife species include gopher tortoise, Florida black bear, wild hog, deer, turkey, and squirrel.
The Mt. Gilead and Lamont tracts are primitive recreation sites. Allowable uses are wildlife viewing, fishing, hunting, bicycling, hiking, and horseback riding on administrative roads. Many of the river access points provide canoe or small-boat launching.
The tract is part of the Middle Aucilla Wildlife Management Area. For more information on hunting, contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at:
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Note: Hunting is allowed in permitted areas only.
April 25-26, 2015 - The District will be conducting a prescribed fire on the Santa Fe River Ranch tract in northwest Alachua County. For the safety of recreational users, public access to burn areas will be closed during burning operations. Contact Scott Gregor, Natural Resource Specialist at 386.362.8130 for additional information.Road ClosureThe L. A. Bennett (South Canal) Road in the Steinhatchee Springs tract in southern Lafayette County will be closed to all traffic on April 29, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The District will be repairing the bridge over the Steinhatchee River. For more information contact Edwin McCook, Land Management Specialist 386.647.3106 or by email EJM@srwmd.org.