Myakka River State Park

At 28,876 acres, this is Florida's largest state park. It features one of the largest tracts of dry prairie habitat in southwest Florida, Sarasota County's two largest lakes, river marsh, and twelve miles of the Myakka River¾one of two Wild and Scenic rivers in Florida. There are 39 miles of backcountry trails, boardwalks, nature tours by tram or boat seasonally, and an interpretive center.

Watchable wildlife:
Large alligators bask along the edge of lakes and wetlands. Wading birds are abundant, including herons, egrets, white ibis, and limpkins. Waterfowl winter on the lakes, including American wigeon, northern pintail, teal, and ring-necked ducks. Wood ducks are here year-round. Look for sandhill cranes and bald eagles late fall through spring.

Department of Environmental Protection

(941) 361-6511

Take Interstate 75 south of Sarasota to exit 205. Travel east on Florida Highway 72 nine miles to the park entrance.

Related Sites:
Other West Central Florida Wildlife Sites
Florida State Parks

FWC Facts:
Spring and summer are the best times to listen for the elusive 5-inch Bachman's sparrow. Their song begins with a loud, clear whistle followed by an extended trill.

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