Adam H. Putnam, Commissioner - James R. Karels, Director
During that same time period , the Atlantic Land Improvement Company (ALICO), Inc. continued harvesting operations by utilizing two portable sawmills, which were referred to as the Twin Mills. Although the sawmills no longer exist on the forest, remnants of sawdust piles can be found on the forest near Twin Mills Grade.
LocationOkaloacoochee Slough State Forest is located approximately thirty miles east of Fort Myers, in southeastern Hendry and northeastern Collier counties.
Access: The forest can be accessed along CR 832, marked by the various self-service pay stations.
This unique natural system provides a large roaming area of contiguous habitat for a variety of wildlife species. The forest is home to listed, threatened, and endangered species such as the Florida panther, Florida black bear, sandhill crane, wood stork, and gopher tortoise.
RecreationThe forest offers a variety of recreational activities for visitors. There are many miles of open forest roads available for hiking and bicycling. Fishing opportunities are plentiful in the numerous canals, ponds, and ditches that are accessible by vehicle. Several “hidden” areas can be found for those who enjoy a hike to an isolated fishing spot. The forest’s wetlands provide opportunities for wildlife viewing.
Hunting is a popular activity on Okaloacoochee Slough State Forest. All hunts are done on a quota system and include: spring gobbler hunt, archery hunt, general gun hunt, special hog hunt, and a dove hunt. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission coordinates all hunting activities held on the forest. Visit Okaloacoochee Slough WMA for information.
In keeping with its mission to protect and manage Florida's forest resources, the Florida Forest Service has developed rules which apply to all State Forest visitors. Find out more about state forest fees and rules.
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