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Ward Island, Mandalay


  • Ward Island – 104 acres
  • Mandalay – 551 acres


Location and Access

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.


Recreational Activities

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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Prescribed Burn at Mallory Swamp
Weather permitting, the District will be conducting prescribed burns in the Mallory Swamp Wildlife Management Area from 2/2-3/31. 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.