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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Sarasota is also home to one of Florida's biggest state parks - Myakka State Park. Here, adventure-loving holiday makers can kayak down the Myakka River, walk among the trees in the Tree Canopy or take an airboat ride and spot the alligators.
WHEN HE WAS A TEENAGER, TOM JACKSON, 63, RECALLS SARASOTA BEING SO SPARSELY DEVELOPED that he and his buddies could ride bikes down a nearly empty two-lane Clark Road all the way to Myakka State Park. Today, Jackson lives near downtown and relishes what Sarasota has become--a vibrant, walkable culture center teeming with amenities.
In winter's dry season, when salinity is high, snook, tarpon and mullet can be found all the way up to the dam at Myakka State Park.
For another outdoor adventure head to Myakka State Park, just a few miles away.
And for the more adventurous there's the Myakka State Park, which offers just about everything youcando in the water or on land in the Great Outdoors.
You'll see miles of riding trails, and Myakka State Park is directly to the east.
I was kayak fishing in Myakka State Park. I was in the main lake paddling along a shallow shoreline.
As retired New College environmental professor Jono Miller discovered when a document was leaked to him in April, the state's Department of Environmental Protection--a title that more and more seems like a misnomer--was planning to start by leasing about one-sixth of our own Myakka State Park to cattle ranchers.
By comparison, the admittedly wonderful trip out to see the 'gators at Myakka State Park requires all day, a picnic basket, and a plan to keep the kids entertained in the car.
If you want to take pictures of deer, there's no better place in Sarasota County to do so than at Misty Creek Country Club, located only a few miles from Myakka State Park. (Warning: Misty Creek is a private club; you need permission from management or accompaniment by a member before strolling onto the premises.)
Place to Take Pictures: SIESTA KEY BEACH; Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Myakka State Park
Palm Ave., Sarasota, 366-5731, Myakka State Park, 13208 S.R.