The Mandalay tract is located in southwestern Taylor County and the Ward Island tract is in southeastern Jefferson County on the Aucilla River. The tracts are leased to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for management as part of the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge.
Access to the Mandalay tract from Perry:
Travel 23 miles west on US 98 to Mandalay Road, turn left; travel 1.5 miles and the tract is on the left.
Access to the Ward Island tract is by river.
The Ward Island natural community is floodplain swamp and the Mandalay natural communities are floodplain forest, hydric hammock, and freshwater tidal swamp.
Wildlife species include Florida black bear, American alligator, deer, turkey, and squirrel.
The Ward Island and Mandalay tracts are primitive recreation sites. Allowable uses are wildlife viewing, fishing, bicycling, hiking, and horseback riding on administrative roads.
The Mandalay tract offers hunting. For information, contact:
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge
P.O. Box 68
St. Marks, FL 32355
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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.