Visit Babcock Webb Wildlife management area – Fishing – Hunting – Hiking and Biking just 5 miles south of Punta Gorda


Visit Babcock Webb Wildlife management area  – Fishing – Shooting Range – Hunting – Hiking and Biking just 5 miles south of Punta Gorda

Surrounded by residential development, citrus groves, and improved pasture, Babcock-Webb is among the last undeveloped expanses of wet pine flatwoods in Southwest Florida.

Within five miles of Punta Gorda and 20 miles from Fort Myers, hunting bobwhite quail, participating in bird dog field trials, fishing for trophy size bluegill, hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding are just some of the activities available.

Resident and migratory birds and wildflowers are abundant.

Shooting Range – This popular 10-pad shooting range has 200-yard rifle, 100-yard rifle, and 50-yard pistol ranges.

Managing fish and wildlife resources for their long-term well-being and the benefit of people.

The 395-acre Webb Lake has record-sized bluegill, huge freshwater snook, and largemouth bass. Marl ponds 1, 2, and 3 are located in either side of Tucker Grade Road. They are each about 2 acres in size and provide excellent opportunities for bank fishing. Fish have been stocked and feeders installed on Webb Lake and the ponds to help fish reach maximum size in the shortest time possible. Surveys by biologists indicate that bluegill 8 inches or longer are common and that some in the ponds exceed 11 inches in length. Reference the map of Babcock-Webb WMA PDF for boat ramp locations. Fishing license information.
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Wildlife Viewing

A birding hot spot in southwest Florida, Webb is home to numerous resident as well as migrating birds. Northern bobwhite, eastern cottontail rabbits, gray squirrels, raccoons, white-tailed deer, and feral hogs are common inhabitants of the flatwoods. Visit the Wildlife page for more information about the area’s wildlife. This area is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail.  You may also request a copy or download or print the Babcock-Webb Bird List PDF.

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Lightly traveled trams provide many hiking opportunities. The slightly elevated trams offer the hiker views of this expansive landscape. The Babcock-Webb Recreation Guide indicates especially scenic routes.
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Trams offer miles of off-road cycling opportunities. The Babcock-Webb Recreation Guide indicates especially scenic routes.

Horseback Riding

Horses may be used during hunting seasons throughout the area unless otherwise specified. During other times of the year, horseback riding is allowed in the recreation area lying south of the northern boundaries of Sections 19, 20, and 21.  During hunting days, horses are prohibited on the Yucca Pens Unit.  Children under the age of 16 are required to wear a helmet when riding on public lands.  For more detailed information go to Nicole’s Law PDF.  All horseback riders must have proof of current negative Coggins Test results for their horses when on state lands.


Paddlers can explore the nooks and crannies of Webb Lake for a good spot to cast a line or enjoy the many wading birds along it shores. Reference the map of Babcock-Webb WMA PDF for boat ramp locations.

Scenic Driving

A short interpretive drive along Webb Lake introduces visitors to the natural resources of Babcock-Webb.


Camping is only permitted in designated primitive campgrounds PDF. During hunting season camping is available 7 days a week and during non-hunting season, camping is permitted from 5 pm Friday to 9 PM on Sunday and on Memorial Day, Independence Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and Labor Day. Camping is prohibited on the Yucca Pens Unit.

Directions: I-75 exit 158 to Tucker Grade. Turn east on Tucker Grade and travel approximately 0.2 mi. to the management area.

Here’s more information on the Babcock Web WMA. resources for their long-term well-being and the benefit of people.

Don’t forget to stop by Higher Power Outfitters for your supplies.




  1. Samuel R Scozzari on March 10, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    do i need a fishing license to fish on the babcock-web property?

  2. admin on March 10, 2011 at 1:43 PM


    Hope this helps…

    A Daily-Use Permit is required to enter this area, unless you have purchased a Wildlife Management Area Permit.
    To hunt or fish you must also possess the appropriate license and permit.

    Here’s a link to some information on license for resident & non-resident

  3. jcchaich on March 16, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    is it a catch @release area?

  4. admin on March 16, 2011 at 6:44 PM

    I’m thinking…if you have a license…you can bring home dinner.

    I would try to call FWC during the day…

    Here’s the phone #

  5. David Koz on September 18, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    FYI: All Bass must be released accoring to posted signs.

  6. matt on November 3, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    I just moved to the st.pete area from indiana. is there any pheasants? how is the quail hunting? i read you can only hunt only 4 days a week. is that true? You have to have a permit to hunt, you buy it aily first come? is there allot of people hunting there?

  7. admin on November 3, 2011 at 8:00 PM

    Hi Matt,
    Best person in town to talk to is Ryan at Higher Power Outfitters – 941 347-8445
    He should have the answers to all your questions!
    All the best,


  8. Linda on June 10, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    When traveling on I-75, I saw a nice, wide, paved bike path very near the Babcock Webb Wildlife Mgt Area. How long is this trail? Where does it start and end? Thank you!

  9. admin on June 10, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Hi Linda…was it on the right before you get the the Tuckers Grade exit North bound I75? There is a paved road running parallel to I75 north…towards the back of the park…it’s only about 1/2 or so of paved road…not sure why…but it’s there.
    It would be a tough ride 🙂

  10. val on September 23, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    I was here today and VERY disappointed. I only saw two egrets and one cardinal. I was expecting alot more wading birds etc. There were really no instructions on where to go or what direction to go in. Im a photographer and will not be back or recomending it.

  11. admin on September 23, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    There is a link on the page to the FWC page for further information – Hope this helps –

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