Avon Park Air Force Range


Avon Park Air Force Range is a 106,000 acre military training facility located in Polk and Highlands County in south-central Florida.  The Fish, Wildlife & Outdoor Recreation Program works in coordination with the U.S. Air Force to provide recreational opportunities to the public and military personnel.  As the largest Wildlife Management Area in southwestern Florida, APAFR is known as a world-class destination for hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, birding, and educational opportunities for all ages.




** For all Permit purchases: Once you purchase a permit, please print the receipt.  THIS RECEIPT IS NOT YOUR PERMIT.  Come to the Outdoor Recreation office with a photo ID, your hunter's education card (required for ALL Hunt Permits regardless of age), your vehicle registration, and valid auto insurance.  You can pick up your permit and receive you mandatory safety briefing at our office at Building 600.


Public Recreation is generally available Thursday through Monday; however, this schedule varies depending on military missions taking place at APAFR.  Weekly recreation schedules are updated and posted on our website every Wednesday by 1:00PM.  This schedule is also available on our voice recording and at each informational kiosk. Recreation schedules are always subject to change and thus it is important to periodically check kiosks during your visit. 


To use our telephone service, please use the following options

 Call (863) 452 - 4254

 Press 1 for current Recreation Schedule

 Press 2 for the Military Recreation schedule

 Press 3 for the Road Closures and Burn notices

 Press 0 at any time to speak to a staff member


More information about APAFR can be found on our website and Facebook pages.