New Here!!! Checking out summer conditions at Three Lakes WMA in Central FL

florida50florida50 Posts: 3 Greenhorn
Hello everybody!! After this Isaac thing has passed, I am going to head up to 3 lakes to do some scouting. I have heard all different conditions up there. I have hunted Big Cypress and didnt know how to dress for up there. I was thinking about scouting the NW end of the WMA. I do have an ATV, but didn't know if I should be expecting waist high 90% of the time or spurratic ankle/shin high.

What water levels should I be expecting in that NW quadrant?

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  • lookinlookin Posts: 1,267 Officer
    50 views and no comments...guess I'll be the first to say "welcome to the forum".

    I'd say if you see cypress on an overhead view then you can assume there is plenty of water in those sections and probably out into the fringes/flood plains surrounding those swamps.

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  • duckmanJRduckmanJR Posts: 18,998 AG
    West of the turnpike will be wet if they got alot of rain.
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  • Nips049Nips049 Posts: 348 Deckhand
    Haven't been since turkey so i cant comment on the conditions although I will say if you're
    outfitted for the cypress you'll be more than ok at 3 lakes.

    I think the NW corner tends to be a busy section of the wma. During the
    Different seasons I've seen a lot of hunters, cars, and treestands in that area. It's still
    worth a look though. Lots of other nice areas too just drive around and stop for a walk here and there.
  • jamesfreddycjamesfreddyc Posts: 960 Officer
    Looks like they only got about 5" from Issac. Here is the last 3 day rainfall map:

    http://www.sfwmd.gov/portal/page/portal/xweb%20weather/raindar%20estimates%20%283%20day%29%20-%20pixel%20view

    I did some scouting at ThreeLakes about 3 weeks ago (2 saturdays in a row) and it was DRY. Very dry.

    However, the last 7 day rainfall shows about 6-8".

    http://www.sfwmd.gov/portal/page/portal/xweb%20weather/raindar%20estimates%20%287-day%29%20-%20pixel%20view

    East of the Turnpike will be fine but if you are walking in/around the cypress you will likely have some water -- probably not too deep. West of the turnpike might be a different story.
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  • florida50florida50 Posts: 3 Greenhorn
    Thank you guys!! I really appreciate it. I was contemplating bringing my chest high waders, but it seems like things only get knee deep worst case, or so I am finding out. Hopefully I can contribute some pics this season. We shall see.
  • DUCKWHACKERDUCKWHACKER Posts: 333 Deckhand
    I know that area was quite wet last bow season. We waded in thigh high in several areas. Just about every high spot in a hammock had a stand on it. Good luck.
  • florida50florida50 Posts: 3 Greenhorn
    Anyone set up blinds out there?
  • Gone_FishingGone_Fishing Posts: 1,184 Officer
    The creek at the North end of Bull Creek is up about 2 feet higher than the beginning of the month:

    http://nwis.waterdata.usgs.gov/fl/nwis/uv?cb_00065=on&format=gif_default&period=30&site_no=02231600
  • GrillaGGrillaG Posts: 1,259 Officer
    already found a few stands up out there, ****! lol
    never hunted Big cypress but if it's anything like Corbett u ain't gonna get far without getting wet
    Three Lakes ain't nothing like that, roads might be a bit muddy but most of the water will be in the cypress
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