Avon Park Airforce Bombing Range

22 miles of hiking/nature trails available for public use: Lake Arbuckle National Recreation Trail (16 mi.), Arbuckle Nature Trail and boardwalk (1/2 mi.), and the Sandy Point Wildlife Refuge Trail (6 mi.).

HUNTING – Annual Permits
go on sale mid-May and are good from Sept. 1st to Sept 1st of next year, with all hunt seasons included.
The permits are available for purchase on Avon.isportsman.net or in the office with Cash, Cashiers check or certified check made out to US Treasury.

All applicants must provide proof of completion of a Hunter Safety Education course. If you have not taken the hunters safety course please visit http://myfwc.com/hunting/safety-education/courses/ for more information.
To receive a vehicle decal or pass the operator must provide: a valid drivers license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance.

FISHING
We have four stocked ponds on Range as well as many small ponds throughout for fishing. Ponds 1-3 and Tomlin are catch and release only until after the fishing derby. A recreation permit also permits access to the Kissimmee River boat launch. All state fishing license and regulations are enforced on Range. We also host a youth fishing derby each summer open to the public free of charge, a great event for children.

CAMPING
We have three first come, first served campgrounds for the public on range; plus a military campground. All of our campsites are primitive camping. There are pump wells (non-potable), cold water showers, picnic tables and a large pavilion in each campground. Fires are permitted as long as they are occupied and provided there is not a local fire restriction in place. Pets are allowed in each of our campgrounds.

Generators are permitted in designated areas of each campground.
We have a wonderful group of volunteers that assist with this program, please be considerate and leave no trace upon your departure.

HIKING TRAILS
Twenty-two miles of hiking and nature trails traversing oak hammocks, prairie, scrub and pine plantations are available for public use. The Lake Arbuckle Hiking Trail (16 miles) is available with a free permit for Florida Trail Association members, obtained from the Outdoor Recreation Office; Building 600.

BIRD WATCHING
Avon Park Air Force Range is listed by the Audubon Society as a Global Important Bird Area (IBA) of Florida. It is home to a wide variety of bird species, including some state and federally listed birds such as Florida Scrub-Jays, Red-cockaded Woodpeckers, Wood Storks, Roseate Spoonbills, Florida Burrowing Owls and Crested Caracaras. Check out the Boardwalk Nature Trail, the Lake Arbuckle Hiking Trail, Sandy Point Refuge, and the Arbuckle Marsh levee to see some of these species and many more. Day-use and weekend recreation permits are available outside of hunt season during open hours for bird watchers (see the Public Recreation Schedule page).

FEES
Recreation Only Permits (Non-Hunting):
General Recreation is closed during gun hunting seasons; typically running from Mid September through the end of December.

DAY USE PERMITS
(Day use permits do not include overnight camping. Permits must be returned to office by close of business on date of issue)
One Day Family $10.00

WEEKEND USE PERMITS
(Weekend permits are valid for date issued until the Range closes for Recreation for that particular weekend)
Weekend Family $25.00

ANNUAL RECREATION PERMITS
(Annual permits are valid one year from date of purchase)
Annual Family $50.00
*Family consists of spouse and dependent children under the age of 18; or children under 18 with office parental consent form on file

HUNT PERMITS:
Hunt permits are usually available mid-May and are good from Sept 1st to Sept 1st of next year.
The permits are available for purchase on Avon.isportsman.net or in the office with Cash, Cashiers check or certified check made out to US Treasury.

As of August 1st PRA Hunt and Spouse permits increase $25 (Late Fee).

All hunters must provide proof of completion of a Hunter Safety Education course. Permit sales are limited to 900.
To receive a vehicle decal or pass the operator must provide: a valid drivers license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance.

Hours of Operation
Avon Park Air Force Range is primarily used for military training missions during the week. Public access is allowed over the weekends but our schedule varies weekly. Please call for details.

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