Myakka River State Park


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Myakka River State Park


Location:9 miles east of Sarasota on SR 72.
Facilities:76 full-facility campsites, 3 youth/group camps, 6 primitive campsites, and 5 historic log cabins (modernized); concession with canoe and bicycle rentals, food, supplies, and souvenirs; picnic areas, pavilions, playgrounds; boat ramp, fishing pier (é); horse trail, nature trail with observation tower; visitor center, restrooms (é).
Activities:Camping, canoeing, freshwater fishing, hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, bicycling, wildlife viewing, birding, tram tours, canoe tours, airboat rides, interpretive programs.
Special Features:The Myakka River, designated as a Florida Wild and Scenic River, flows through 58 square miles of wetlands, prairies, hammocks, and pinelands. The park features an elevated, canopied walkway that offers visitors a walk "through the tree tops" and panoramic views over a vast expanse of forest. In addition to the river, the park also has two lakes.
Address:13207 SR 72
Sarasota, FL 34241

Phone:941-361-6511
Phone: 800-326-3521;
Web: www.floridastateparks.org/myakkariver
Size: 36,079 acres land; 1,120 acres water.
Established:

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My son and his wife had rented one of the rustic lodgings at Myakka River State Park, and George and I had stopped for a glass of wine by their campfire before heading to the Moon Over Myakka concert in a nearby meadow.
Tenders are invited for procure services for the operation and maintenance services for the wastewater treatment plants, lift stations, and drinking water treatment plant at myakka river state park for the period of december 1, 2016 to november 30, 2017 with the option to renew for three (3) additional one-year periods.
Over 40 percent of all of our labor is now from volunteers and much of our equipment needs are being met with fun draising activities by the Friends of Myakka," said Steve Geguere, manager of the Myakka River State Park.
If I want to be welcomed or warned, I'd rather mull the sign I saw at Myakka River State Park in Florida: "Feeding, Enticing, or Molesting Alligators is prohibited.
The riders will travel through beautiful Sarasota County, including the pristine Myakka River State Park before heading back to the Sarasota County Technical Institute.
Established in the 1930s, Myakka River State Park is Florida's largest state park, sprawling over 58 square miles.
FLORIDA boasts some of the best freshwater fishing in the world, and Myakka River State Park, located east of Sarasota, is a good place to best a bass during the bedding season, which is just now getting underway.
Myakka River State Park Thanksgiving under the old oak trees at Myakka River State Park is definitely popular, says park manager Stephen Giguere.
She's handled many sightings in Southwest Florida; Myakka River State Park is a hotspot.
To truly get away from it all, strap everything to your back and brave the backwoods of Myakka River State Park to get out to Bee Island or any one of the park's six primitive campgrounds.
The Celery Fields is a great place to see butterflies, too, as are Myakka River State Park and Oscar Scherer State Park.
At Myakka River State Park, attendance has increased 20 percent over the last five years, with more than 404,000 visitors coming in 2014-2015.