This site is located along a warm-water discharge canal of Tampa
Electric Company's generating plant on Tampa Bay. It was designated
a state manatee sanctuary in 1986 and features a new environmental
education building with exhibits on manatees and their habitat.
This site is seasonal, so please call ahead for hours and access
Walk out on the platform over the shallow canal to get a good look
at manatees, tarpon, catfish, snook, and mullet. There is also a
boardwalk that passes through the mangroves along the canal where
you might see fiddler crabs and other wildlife among the
Tampa Electric Company
Take Interstate 75 to Apollo Beach, turn west on Big Bend Road.
Proceed through the traffic light at U.S. Highway 41 to park
entrance, which is at the corner of Dickman and Big Bend
Central Florida Wildlife Sites