Recreation Guide

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Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands
2009 Edition

Table of Contents
Introduction ....................................................................................................................... 1 Why Does the District Buy Lands? ............................................................................... 2 Recreational Opportunities Available .......................................................................... 3 Guidelines for Use of District Lands ............................................................................11 Property Descriptions
Alafia River Corridor Alafia River Reserve Annutteliga Hammock Brooker Creek Headwaters Nature Preserve Brooker Creek Preserve Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park Chassahowitzka River and Coastal Swamps Chito Branch Reserve Circle B Bar Reserve Cliff Stephens Park Conner Preserve Cypress Creek Preserve Deep Creek Preserve Edward Medard Park and Reservoir Edward W. Chance Reserve Coker Prairie Tract Gilley Creek Tract Flying Eagle Flying Eagle Preserve McGregor Smith Boy Scout Reservation Withlapopka Community Park Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve Colt Creek State Park East Tract Hampton Tract Little Withlacoochee Tract West Tract Half Moon-Gum Slough Hálpata Tastanaki Preserve Jack Creek Lake Marion Creek Horseshoe Scrub Tract Lake Panasoffkee Lake Tarpon Outfall Canal Little Manatee River Lower Tract 20 22 24 26 28 30 32 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 50 52 54 56 58 60 62 64 66 68 70 72 74 76 78 80 82 Little Manatee River Southfork Tract Little Manatee River Upper Tract Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve Dead River Park Flatwoods Park Jefferson Equestrian Area John B. Sargeant Park Morris Bridge Park Oak Ridge Equestrian Area Off-Road Loop Trail Trout Creek Park Myakka River — Deer Prairie Creek Preserve Myakka River — Flatford Swamp Preserve Myakka River State Park — Myakka Prairie Tract Myakka State Forest Panasoffkee Outlet Potts Preserve Prairie/Shell Creek RV Griffin Reserve Sawgrass Lake Park Starkey Wilderness Preserve J. B. Starkey Wilderness Park Serenova Tract Tampa Bypass Canal Terra Ceia Preserve Frog Creek Terra Ceia Preserve State Park Two Mile Prairie Upper Hillsborough Preserve Alston Tract Upper Hillsborough Tract Weekiwachee Preserve Withlacoochee River Park Wysong Park 84 86 88 90 92 94 96 98 100 102 104 106 108 110 112 114 116 118 120 122 124 126 128 130 132 134 136 138 140 142 144 146 148

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Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands

Introduction
West-central Florida is a wonderful place to get outside. From the sandy beaches on the Gulf of Mexico to the wild beauty of the Green Swamp, there’s something for everybody. Every year about 2.5 million people visit public conservation lands obtained by the Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) and its partners to protect Florida’s water resources. The District offers recreational activities that allow you to get fit and appreciate the environment while protecting the natural resources that make them such great places to visit. The lands are open to the public for family activities such as hiking, bicycling, hunting, horseback riding, fishing, camping, nature study, paddling and picnicking. Many District lands also have facilities that are accessible for the mobility-impaired. Each of the areas owned by the District offers something unique. Learning as much as possible about a property before you visit will prepare you for what you are likely to experience. The property descriptions in this guide provide basic information about each property, such as location, access and parking, hours of operation, restroom and water availability, recreational opportunities, accessibility under the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) and contact information.

This guide is organized in three sections. The first section provides information about the District’s land management program; overviews of recreational activities available, including recommended properties for each activity; and a list of guidelines to follow while on District lands. The second section consists of property descriptions for each property, as well as a map of the location and activity icons. At the end of the guide is the Recreation At A Glance and map of all properties for quick reference. We hope this guide will assist everyone seeking to get outside on District lands. For more information about the District’s land resources program, please contact us.
Online: Email: Telephone: WaterMatters.org/recreation Recreation@WaterMatters.org (352) 796-7211 or 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) , ext. 4470 Land Resources Department Southwest Florida Water Management District 2379 Broad Street Brooksville, FL 34604-6899

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Nearly all of these lands are available for public use and recreation. The District includes roughly 10. Nature-friendly activities offer an easy and fun experience while making sure the land is protected. Preservation 2000 and Florida Forever. Therefore. The region’s lands and waters are forever linked by Florida’s natural water cycles. your experience will be close to nature.000 square miles in all or part of 16 counties in west-central Florida that are home to approximately 5 million people. which include Florida’s unique plant and wildlife communities. environmental education centers. That means mostly unpaved roads. such as deer and turkey. one of the main ways the District carries out its mission of balancing water needs and protecting the environment is by obtaining conservation lands around lakes. wetlands and estuaries. and are important for most of Florida’s threatened and endangered species. Two Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands . 2 Land Management The District manages its conservation lands to maintain and protect vital water functions and natural systems. nature trails. District Partners Did you know that many state and local parks and state forest areas are owned by the District? The District. in partnership with state and local governments. primary management tools include mimicking the natural fire cycle that historically shaped Florida’s landscape and restoring areas that have been altered by previous activities. rivers. portable restrooms and nature’s beauty all around you. The boundaries of the District extend north into Levy County. the public may encounter District staff using methods such as prescribed burns. has developed parks with facilities such as picnic pavilions. mechanical mowing of vegetation. In keeping with the purpose for which these lands were acquired.Why Does the District Buy Lands? The District was created in 1961 by the Florida Legislature to protect the water resources of the region. At any time. These management techniques help to maintain healthy and abundant populations of game species. The District also buys lands to preserve and restore native Florida ecosystems that provide water resources benefits and water storage during hurricanes and other major storm events. south into Charlotte County and inland into Polk and Highlands counties. The District’s acquisition program has primarily been funded through state programs such as Save Our Rivers. These lands serve as a natural buffer that filters out pollution from runoff before it reaches the nearest body of water. Public Use and Recreation While District lands vary in size and terrain. they all have at least one thing in common — they provide a variety of important benefits to the water and water-related resources within westcentral Florida. and seeding and planting of vegetation.

The District usually provides the land and funding to build most of the facilities. Some tracts have paved multiuse trails that allow both on-road and off-road bicyclists to enjoy riding in • Cypress Creek Preserve — Paved and double-track trail • Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve — Flatwoods Park — Paved trail • Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve — Morris Bridge Park — Single-track. For the more adventurous rider. while the partner provides the on-site staff to manage the parks on a daily basis. These trails offer some of the best long-distance bicycling opportunities in west-central Florida. single-track trails are available on cooperatively managed lands where user groups construct and maintain the trails.restrooms and camping areas. natural settings. The 6.7-mile Starkey Trail winds through the 18. multiuse trails located on old dirt roads that wind through pine flatwoods and around beautiful wetlands. off-road trail • Starkey Wilderness Preserve — J. Best Opportunities Recreational Opportunities Available Bicycling From the novice to the expert trails. B. off-road trail • Myakka State Forest — Multiuse. off-road.000-acre Starkey Wilderness Preserve and connects to the 42-mile Suncoast Trail. Starkey Wilderness Park — Paved trails Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 3 . many different types can be found on District lands. Bike trails are primarily double-track.

Maps of the west coast portion of the trail can be obtained from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission web site at FloridaBirdingTrail. bird-watching opportunities abound on all District lands. Starkey Wilderness Park • Two Mile Prairie (Withlacoochee State Forest ) • Weekiwachee Preserve • Withlacoochee River Park • Brooker Creek Preserve • Chassahowitzka River and Coastal Swamps • Flying Eagle Preserve • Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve — West Tract • Lake Panasoffkee • Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve — Dead River. Best Opportunities • Myakka State Forest • Potts Preserve • Sawgrass Lake Park • Starkey Wilderness Preserve — J. Morris Bridge and Trout Creek parks Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 4 . Sargeant. B. Sites with the best bird-watching opportunities are part of the Great Florida Birding Trail and are listed in the Recreation At A Glance.Birding Whether you are a casual viewer or an avid birder working on your life birding list.com/. Flatwoods. John B.

Camping Whether you enjoy camping with few facilities or in your home-awayfrom-home RV. Larger District lands provide trails long enough for multiday hikes or bicycle rides and have campsites set up at various stopping points along the trail. usually have nonpotable water and portable toilets available for use by campers. primitive and remote backcountry sites are available on various lands. The District has partnered with local governments to provide both fullservice camp areas (water. electricity and restrooms) and primitive camp areas for traditional camping rigs on some of its conservation lands. types of campers allowed and site availability can be obtained by Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 5 . Trail-access backcountry camping is one of the special recreational opportunities offered. Full-Service RV Camp Areas contacting the cooperator directly (contact information in property descriptions). the beauty of the great outdoors is waiting to be experienced. fees. campsites generally equipped with picnic tables. equestrian and/or group. Full-service RV (found on some of our partners’ sites). Equestrian and/or Group Camp Areas Camping with tents or horse trailer camping rigs. fire rings and/or grills. horse trailers may be driven into equestrian campsites. campsites are available to nonequestrian campers. Information about reservations.

campsites available to individuals and groups. campsites generally equipped with picnic tables. personal vehicles allowed in campsites only. visitors are expected to pack in/pack out all supplies. provide unique opportunities for visitors desiring a remote camping experience. Backcountry Camp Areas • Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve — West Tract — Equestrian. fire rings and/or grills. group and primitive Small cleared areas that are accessible only by foot or from a water body. primitive and backcountry • Lake Panasoffkee — Equestrian. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 6 . equestrian use not permitted in these areas. group. usually have portable toilets available for use by campers.Primitive Camp Areas Best Opportunities Camping with tents. generally have no amenities or water sources. group and primitive • Starkey Wilderness Preserve — Serenova Tract — Equestrian.

Lands open for equestrian use that do not have equestrian parking areas accessible from a main road may require a free reservation for access through the security gates. Longdistance rides. Best Opportunities • Deep Creek Preserve • Flying Eagle Preserve • Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve — Hampton and West tracts • Lake Panasoffkee • Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve — Oak Ridge Equestrian Area • Myakka State Forest • Potts Preserve • RV Griffin Reserve • Starkey Wilderness Preserve — Serenova Tract • Upper Hillsborough Preserve — Alston Tract Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 7 . To determine what facilities are available. but visitors should always bring enough water to meet their horses’ needs. cypress ponds and wildlife-filled wetlands on horseback is one of the many great recreational experiences that can be enjoyed on District lands. Lands that have enough trail miles for a half day’s ride or longer are generally open for equestrian use. Equestrian/group camping areas are available and can be accessed by vehicles towing horse trailers.Equestrian Viewing the pine flatwoods. check the individual property descriptions. A free camping reservation is required (see page 14). Nonpotable water is provided on some lands. multiday rides and overnight trail camping are some of the unique equestrian opportunities offered. Equestrian parking areas have been designed to provide ample space for horses to be easily unloaded from small and medium-sized horse trailers. These areas have a nonpotable water source and portable restroom facilities available.

Some lands have single-track. outdoor photography. with the District serving as the lead manager.000 acres of District lands are available for hunting as wildlife management areas. Many Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands . The 1. Hikers should expect trail conditions that may be seasonally wet. These areas are cooperatively managed by the District and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). or may even require fording shallow creeks. The Florida National Scenic Trail. bird watching. jogging and backpacking. Most trails are located on old roadbeds and have a natural surface that changes constantly depending on weather and soil conditions. Trails are primarily multiuse and are also open for horseback riding and bicycling. information on the trail can be obtained by calling 1-877-HIKE-FLA or online at FloridaTrail. hiking-only trails or paved trails that provide unique hiking experiences. Hunting More than 132. Special District-managed hunts of various types are also periodically offered on lands that are not wildlife management areas.400-mile Florida Trail network winds through District lands on its way from the Big Cypress National Preserve in south Florida to Gulf Islands National Seashore near Pensacola. Maintained by Florida Trail Association volunteers. such as nature study. hiking-only trail provides opportunities for day 8 hikes and multiple-day backpacking trips through more than 110. District lands are open for hiking and related activities that can be enjoyed on foot. This 35-mile.org/. is the premier hiking trail on District lands. Check the individual property descriptions for specific details. dry and sandy. These single-track.000 acres of natural lands.Hiking Enjoy the beauty of west-central Florida at its best by hiking on miles of natural trails. located in the Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve. hikingonly trails provide great opportunities to see wildlife and enjoy a solitary experience in a natural setting.

almost everyone can enjoy hunting on District lands. registration and other regulations. turkey and small game. Information on hunting seasons and regulations can be obtained from the FWC web site at MyFWC.District lands provide quality habitat for game species and contain abundant populations of deer.com or through its regional offices. Best Opportunities Water Recreation There are many recreational opportunities available on water bodies throughout the District including boating. canoeing. kayaking and fishing. A variety of hunting opportunities are available to the public. small game and special opportunity hunts to hunts for the mobility-impaired. From regular quota. All visitors taking part in water sports should keep safety first. • Flying Eagle Preserve • Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve — East and West tracts • Lake Panasoffkee • Potts Preserve • Upper Hillsborough Tract Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 9 . All lands open for hunting are listed in the Recreation At A Glance at the end of this guide. All fishing on District lands is subject to FWC’s license requirements and regulations. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) regulates water vessels and should be consulted for safety requirements.

an alligator sunning on a log or a deer getting a drink from the cool. Where possible. Whether it is a great blue heron stalking its prey. as many areas already have launching facilities nearby. However. Check the Recreation At A Glance and individual property descriptions for more information. clear waters of a spring-fed river. Lakes and ponds wholly within District lands that allow paddling and boating access are clearly posted as open for these activities. there are endless opportunities to view wildlife in their native habitats while exploring these natural areas.Boating and Paddling District lands preserve hundreds of miles of pristine shoreline along many of the beautiful rivers and lakes in the region. All Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 10 . Fishing fishing on District lands is subject to FWC’s license requirements and regulations. not all District lands provide boat access. launch facilities are provided on adjacent water bodies. Best Opportunities • Chassahowitzka River and Coastal Swamps • Deep Creek Preserve (Peace River) • Edward Medard Park and Reservoir • Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve — West Tract (Withlacoochee River) • Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve (Hillsborough River) • Tampa Bypass Canal • Wysong Park (Withlacoochee River) Fishing is allowed along the banks of District water bodies and by boat unless an area is posted closed to fishing.

which educates people who enjoy the outdoors about the nature of their recreational impacts as well as techniques to prevent and minimize such impacts. • Check the weather forecast and plan for possible changes in weather. Plan Ahead and Prepare • Campers are reminded to use designated camp zones only. if required. insect repellant. a hat and good pair of sneakers or walking shoes. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 11 . • Bring plenty of water. as well as future generations.Guidelines for Use of District Lands To make sure that we. • Make sure you have reservations for activities or use areas. • Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you will visit. can enjoy quality outdoor experiences. management activities or hunting seasons. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces Leave No Trace The following seven principles of Leave No Trace are for the safety of visitors and to protect our nature resources. • Check with the District to see if an area is closed or access is limited due to weather conditions. sunscreen. each one of us must share the responsibility of protecting our environment. • Carry a cell phone. The District supports the Leave No Trace program. • Let a friend know where you are going and when you will return.

• Leave rocks. Examine. • Use established fire rings. • Put campfires out completely and then scatter cooled ashes. • Use proper trail etiquette. Leave What You Find • Observe wildlife from a distance. • Be courteous. Do not follow or approach them. plants and other natural objects as you find them. • Keep fires small. • Never feed animals. alters natural behaviors and exposes them to predators and other dangers. dig trenches or cut down trees or shrubs. Minimize Campfire Impacts • Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 12 . Use only sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand. yield to other users. both bikers and hikers yield to horses. • Avoid wildlife during sensitive times such as mating and nesting seasons. Be Considerate of Other Visitors • Preserve the past. Help us keep the areas clean and natural. grills or mound fires where fires are permitted. Follow the trail right-of-way rule: bikers yield to hikers. • Do not build structures.Dispose of Waste Properly Respect Wildlife • Please remember to carry out everything used during your stay. • Do not cut down trees or bushes — dead or alive — for firewood. Avoid loud voices. • Let nature’s sounds prevail. music and noises. Feeding animals damages their health. cultural or historic structures and artifacts. • Stay on marked trails or roads to avoid trampling habitat. but do not touch.

etc. its designees. contractors or other public agencies. horses or bicycles on roads not specifically open for these modes of transportation. petroleum products. toxic materials. collection or release of plants and wildlife. • Dogs in areas not designated for dogs. • Dogs not on a leash. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 13 . The following are not allowed: • Alcoholic beverages or other intoxicants. • Accessing District lands at points other than designated access points. • Littering and disposing of any waste products such as graywater. igniting fires. • Motorized vehicles. except in designated areas. • Firearms or other similar equipment.Activities Not Allowed The District has set up the following rules to promote the proper use of its conservation lands. • Fireworks and explosives. batteries. • Destruction or looting of an archaeological site or artifacts. unless during a District-authorized hunt or other District-authorized activities. • Damaging or removing any facilities or equipment owned or leased by District. • Destruction. • Use of all-terrain. • Commercial fishing or any activities not approved by the District. A complete listing of all rules that apply to public use of District lands can be found in Chapter 40D-9 of the Florida Administrative Code. off-road or other motorized vehicles not licensed for Florida highway use.

horse-drawn buggy riding and for horseback riding on some properties. Applications are also available by contacting the District at (352) 796-7211 or 1-800-423-1476 (FL only). Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 14 . ext. • Reservations are based on availability and on a first-come. reserving a pavilion. Please allow up to ten days to process applications. 4470.org/ recreation/. Please abide by the following general camping rules and see individual property descriptions for site-specific camping information. Check the reservation requirements for the property before you visit. • Camping is allowed in designated campsites only and requires a free reservation. Reservation applications can be obtained online at WaterMatters. first-served basis. • A new reservation is required for each camping trip.Camping Guidelines Reservations General Rules Reservations are free and required for camping. • Reservations may be made up to three months prior to the requested camping date.

do not allow your dog to wander outside your campsite. No generator is to be left unattended and running.m. • Reservations must be displayed on dashboard at campsite. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 15 . • Dog owners are required to pick up after their dogs. • Generators are permitted to run from 8 a. plants and wildlife are protected. • Camping is limited to seven consecutive days. • Dogs are permitted in designated campgrounds.m. • Any additional rules and regulations will be provided on the reservation or posted at the campground kiosk.m. Vehicles may be driven from gate to campsite ONLY. group and primitive campsites. and must be kept within your campsite. • All trees.m. to 8 p. a reservation is required for each visit. No other pets are permitted on District lands. They must be on a leash no more than six feet in length and be well-mannered at all times.• Reservations will include gate combinations for vehicle access where allowed. • Quiet time is from 10 p. • Personal automobiles are permitted into equestrian. to 8 a.

do not tie or tether horses directly to trees. • All horse-drawn buggy riding requires a reservation for access behind locked gates. • Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test. • Tether stakes are not permitted on District property. • Trees and their roots are to be protected at all times. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 16 .Equestrian Camping • Horses are not permitted in primitive sites. • Horses are not permitted on hiking trails. Equestrian Trailer Parking and HorseDrawn Buggy Riding • Horseback and buggy riding is allowed only on designated or marked trails. • Equestrian parking permits are required for access to parking areas behind locked Washburn gate at Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve — Oak Ridge Equestrian Area. Do not place manure in holes or pile around trees or plants. • All leftover hay should be removed from property. • Fill in all holes and level out the site where your horse has been kept. • All manure is to be pulverized and spread out where your horse has been kept.

The District also provides opportunities for mobility-impaired fishing and hunting in some areas. ext. fishing piers. Anyone requiring reasonable accommodation as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). fax: (352) 754-6877.Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility The District does not discriminate upon the basis of any individual’s disability status. boardwalks. 4470. This nondiscrimination policy involves every aspect of the District’s functions including one’s access to. To determine what areas provide universal access facilities. picnic areas or restrooms that meet the standards established by the ADA. have accessible facilities such as paved trails. should contact the Land Resources Department at (352) 796-7211 or 1-800-423-1476 (FL only). TDD only: 1-800-231-6103 (FL only). look for the symbol on the Recreation At A Glance and information in the individual property descriptions. participation or treatment in its programs or activities. The District provides recreational opportunities for the mobility-impaired. Many of the lands listed in this guide Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 17 .

Volunteering on District Lands To meet various water management needs. for any purpose or activity. time and transportation. Florida Statutes By law. buildings or activities on District lands. The Volunteer Program was designed to help the District accomplish its goals and to give volunteers an opportunity to participate in and learn about the management of conservation lands within the District. The District is not responsible for injury to persons or property caused by any act or omission of a person while at a District park or on District recreation lands. including buildings. The Volunteer Program depends upon the combined efforts of many individuals for its successful operation. Accordingly. several-day projects.000 acres of land in southwest Florida. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 18 . Volunteers may work on short-term projects or longer. Volunteers can participate as individuals or groups and will only need to provide appropriate clothing. safety equipment and other items needed to work in the outdoors. Projects are typically done in wilderness-type areas. The District provides all tools. and generally will not provide warnings of hazardous conditions.1395. the District is not required to ensure that its parks or recreation lands are safe for use by members of the public or to warn the public of hazardous conditions. All visitors use District parks and lands at their own risk. Safe practices and tool handling training is offered regularly.Notice of Statutory Limitation of Liability under Section 373. the District makes no assurances as to the safety of any of its parks or recreation lands. the District has protected more than 436.

Why Volunteer? Volunteering with the District’s Land Resources Department is a great way to give back to your local community. To volunteer. establishing campsites. FL only) or (352) 796-7211. make new friends. volunteers have contributed thousands of hours toward projects such as constructing and maintaining trails. the District provides volunteers with: • Workers’ compensation • Liability protection • Recognition and awards What It Takes to Become a Volunteer If you are in good health. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 19 . and are flexible and adaptable to a variety of working conditions. Volunteer Benefits Volunteers receive the personal satisfaction of helping out and seeing a job well done. please contact the Land Resources Department at 1-800-4231476 (toll-free. Over the years. there is a project for you. the District has opportunities to fit the needs and abilities of everyone. cleaning up trash and debris. ext. In addition. Whether you are a skilled tradesman or just handy with the hedge clippers. learn new skills and enjoy Florida’s beautiful natural areas. then you can become a volunteer. whether you would like to volunteer to work on an individual project or group project or become part of a citizen support organization. and many other important land improvement projects. 4470. So. building picnic areas. have a desire to help.

Nearby Recreation Lands • Alafia River State Park • Alderman’s Ford Park. (813) 672-7876 Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 20 . Alderman’s Ford Nature Preserve • English Creek Environmental Studies Center • Lithia Springs Park • Medard Park Restrooms and Water There are no restroom facilities at the trailhead locations. for horse trail parking area on Old Welcome Road. east of Lithia and south of Plant City Equestrian Use • 8 miles of marked equestrian trails available on southern portion of property adjacent to Alafia River State Park. oak hammocks. At other times. Hiking • Access three-mile marked trail from Pinecrest baseball field walk-thru or Alderman’s Ford Park. • Group areas available. Recreation and Conservation Department.963 acres Location Southeastern Hillsborough County. portions of preserve may be closed temporarily due to wildfires. For More Information Hillsborough County Parks. Fishing • Shoreline fishing allowed from pits in northeast portion of property. • Park gates close at night — check park hours to make sure vehicle will not be locked in parking area. • Letter of authorization required from Hillsborough County Parks. • During rainy season. • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets. sandhills and riverine swamps. • Trails offer quality ride through various areas of pasture. its floodplain and wildlife habitat for future generations. • Hiking allowed on equestrian trail. The river’s natural floodplain is a mixture of hardwood swamps and upland hammocks.Alafia River Corridor 931 Old Welcome Road Lithia. Picnic Facilities • Limited picnic facilities available on-site. • Access via hiking trail. but facilities are available in Alderman’s Ford Park during park operating hours. Hours of Operation Daily from 8 a. environmental restoration or severe storms. Recreation and Conservation Department. Walk-thru on north side of parking area. Size 2. which are mostly revegetated. • Access to horse trails at Old Welcome Road parking area. Jointly purchased by the District and Hillsborough County.m. Access and Parking • Primary access for hiking trail is at the Pinecrest baseball field parking area next to Alderman’s Ford Park.m. prescribed burns. Conservation of the lands along the Alafia River will protect the river. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for license requirements. to 5 p. • Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test. FL 33547 Recreational Opportunities Camping • Primitive camping only. creek crossings may be closed for safety reasons. the property is managed by the county. • Walk-thru entrance located at 628 Jameson Road. Trails meander through natural areas as well as areas that were formerly phosphate mine pits. About the Property The Alafia River is a major tributary of Tampa Bay.

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5 miles). (863) 534-7377 Access and Parking From Mulberry. sabal palms and bay. Picnic Facilities • Picnic tables adjacent to parking area. laurel oak. FL 33860 Turner Road. Turn left on Indian Oak Boulevard until road dead-ends. Ground cover is sparse due to extended periods of flooding. Nearby Recreation Lands • Alafia River Corridor • Alafia River State Park • Alderman’s Ford Park For More Information Polk County Natural Resources Department.m.Alafia River Reserve 4872 Indian Oak Drive Mulberry.m.m.m. during standard time and 5 a. during daylight-saving time. this property is home to many species of wading birds and amphibians that require seasonally flooded areas free of predators to complete their life cycles. Turn left on Turner Road and follow to Y-intersection. Forested hardwood wetlands are the primary natural community. to 8:30 p. take SR 60 west to Turner Road (approximately 3. Common trees include sweet gum. Size 334 acres Hours of Operation Daily 5 a. Turn right on Indian Oak Drive and travel a few blocks. Location West-central Polk County. ironwood. west of Mulberry Restrooms and Water No restrooms or water available. Parking area on left. to 7 p. About the Property Purchased jointly by the District and Polk County to preserve the natural wetlands (90 percent) and uplands along the upper corridor of the Alafia River. Stay to left on North Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 22 . hickory. Recreational Opportunities Hiking • Short hiking trail to river overlook.

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Annutteliga Hammock
11019 Centralia Road Weeki Wachee, FL 34614

Access and Parking
• From US 19, north of Weeki Wachee, turn east on Centralia Road. Main parking area is on north side of Centralia Road. • Walk-thru on north side of Knuckey Road. • Access and parking on south side of Knuckey Road.

Size
2,200 acres

Location
Northeastern Hernando County, north of Weeki Wachee

Hours of Operation
Daily from sunrise to sunset.

About the Property
The Annutteliga Hammock is an important area for groundwater recharge into Florida’s primary drinking water source, the Floridan aquifer system. Situated in the Brooksville Ridge, which runs from northern Citrus County down into central Pasco County, the lands are slightly higher in elevation than the adjacent coastal or central portions of the state. The area within the Brooksville Ridge typically has well-drained soils, karst limerock outcroppings, and is dominated by sandhills, upland hardwood forests and scrub communities. Property links with the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area, which is a prime Florida black bear habitat area. Approximately 570 acres has been designated for trails and facilities for public use.

Restrooms and Water
No restrooms or water available.

Recreational Opportunities
Equestrian Use
• Several miles of marked trails. • Riders are required to stay on marked trails. • Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test. • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets.

Hiking
• Trails on interior roads.

Nearby Recreation Lands
• Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge • Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area • Withlacoochee State Forest, Homosassa Tract

For More Information
Land Resources Department, Southwest Florida Water Management District, 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211, ext. 4470

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north of Van Dyke Road. About the Property Containing the largest area of contiguous natural habitat remaining in northwest Hillsborough County. The uplands include pine flatwoods. Jointly acquired by the District and Hillsborough County. parking on road shoulder. parking on road shoulder. the property is managed by Hillsborough County. south of Lutz-Lake Fern Road. (813) 672-7876 Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 26 . Recreation and Conservation Department. public ownership of this preserve ensures protection of important wildlife habitat and the site’s wetlands. recreational activities on the property are limited to walking and hiking. some of which are considered threatened or endangered. kiosk and picnic table available at entrance on Ramblewood Road. and east of Gunn Highway Restrooms and Water No restrooms or water available.111 acres Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. • Walk-thru gate on Lutz-Lake Fern Road. Recreational Opportunities Hiking • Several miles of unimproved interior roads. which serve as the headwaters of the Brooker Creek system. xeric oak hammocks. FL 33558 Access and Parking • Parking. Since 1993. Location Northwest Hillsborough County. For this reason. Hillsborough County staff has performed a number of resource inventories that identified an abundance of wildlife and vegetation. • Walk-thru gate on east side of Brown Road north of Van Dyke Road. floodplains and low-lying uplands. Size 1. Nearby Recreation Lands • Suncoast Trail • Lake Rogers Park • Lake Park For More Information Hillsborough County Parks. This property includes a mosaic of forested swamps.Brooker Creek Headwaters Nature Preserve 18102 Ramblewood Road Lutz. and mixed hardwood and pine prairies. west of Suncoast Parkway.

oke r Cr eek Lake Calm Bro Ra m To Citrus Park Brown Rd. To L utz . stream lake. Lake Elizabeth Lake Wood Lake Fern e Fern R Lutz-Lak d.To Pinellas Co. pond forest wetland/swamp walk-thru (roadside parking) walk-thru security officer residence HILLSBOROUGH CO. General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 27 Sunco ast Pa rkway 579 n Gun . Chaville Rd Mound Lake 587 ille em Ch Dr.5 scale in miles Brooker Creek Headwaters Nature Preserve Legend highway. 685A 0 0. Van Dyke Rd.25 0. Rd . major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river. H wy od wo ble .

Most of the natural portions of Brooker Creek were disturbed by former land-use practices.75-mile interpretive trail located off Lora Lane. Parking for horse trailers provided. freshwater marshes and pine and oak hardwood forests. Pinellas County gave this property a special protection status and seeks to promote public awareness of the need to protect vital watersheds and natural areas in Florida. managed by Pinellas County. No parking area provided. Access and Parking • Main entrance on south side of Keystone Road off CR 582. For More Information Brooker Creek Preserve. • Pinellas County and its volunteers conduct various public educational activities. • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets. (727) 453-6800 Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 28 . Equestrian Use • 10 miles of equestrian trails available at Old Keystone Road entrance. • Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test. • Riders are required to stay on marked trails. hikes and tours. For information. however. • ADA access and facilities available. • Horse exercise trail located at walk-thru off Lora Lane for ride-in access by residents that live adjacent to the preserve. call (727) 453-6900. Nearby Recreation Lands Lake Tarpon Outfall Canal Restrooms and Water Restrooms and potable water are available at environmental education center. Interpretive brochures available at environmental education center. is a valuable island of natural lands in an ever-increasing urban area. Not open to buggies or carts. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for more information.800 acres Location Northeast Pinellas County Environmental Education • Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center open to public. call (727) 4536800 for more information. FL 34688 Recreational Opportunities Bird Watching • Site 81 on western section of Great Florida Birding Trail. some splendid intact natural sections of the creek just south of the Florida Power Corporation power line still exist and eventually flow into the property’s vast riverine swamp. Hiking • Public hikes offered on Saturdays or through special arrangement with Pinellas County. Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset unless otherwise posted on information kiosks at designated public entrances. • 1. The property is a mixture of cypress and bottomland swamps. • Horseback riding entrance with parking is located off Old Keystone Road. About the Property The Brooker Creek Preserve.Brooker Creek Preserve 3940 Keystone Road Tarpon Springs. Size 9.

Tarpon Springs East Lake Rd eR d. Ranch Rd. 2 scale in miles Brooker Creek Preserve Legend highway. PINELLAS CO. c Tra ce Ra Oldsmar 0 0. Park Lake Tarpon Outfall Canal 584 Tam pa Rd . Lora Lane .5 1 Bro oker Cre e Key ston Old Ke yst on eR d. major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river. e 77 Brooker Creek Buffer Preserve 19 Lake Tarpon John Chestnut Sr. e environmental education center disabled access toilet power line General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 29 . k kR d. stream lake. 582 Tarpon Sp rings Rd.Trinity 582 HILLSBOROUGH CO. Blvd. pond forest wetland/swamp city boundary walk-thru access point & parking PINELLAS CO.

Boating and Paddling • Available in open bay waters and along the Myakka. • Two designated hiking trails at Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center. The outstanding feature is its estuarine environment. the preserve consists of various noncontiguous parcels that partially surround the Charlotte Harbor estuary and its major tributaries. The preserve protects the water quality and natural resources in these adjacent sensitive areas and creates a continuity of habitats for wildlife. (941) 575-5861 Access and Parking • Access to northern public use area in Punta Gorda Management Unit is off Burnt Store Road (not shown on map). which offers rich natural habitat and a diversity of wildlife. • Access to state park lands acquired by the District via a walk-thru gate off CR 776 and from the water. Nearby Recreation Lands • Gasparilla Sound/Charlotte Harbor and Cape Haze aquatic preserves • Island Bay National Wildlife Refuge • Pine Island and Matlacha Pass national wildlife refuges For More Information Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park.Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park 12301 Burnt Store Road (CR 765) Punta Gorda. Recreational Opportunities Bird Watching • Site 22 on southern section of Great Florida Birding Trail. Cape Haze. Matlacha Pass and Pine Island Sound aquatic preserves. tropical hardwood hammocks and pinelands. All these surface water features and their tributaries have been designated Outstanding Florida Waters. Dogs • Dogs must be on a leash no more than six feet in length. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 30 . coastal scrub. • Contact preserve for trail maps. One winds through pine flatwoods and one through salt marsh and mangrove forests. FL 33955 Restrooms and Water Punta Gorda Management Unit of preserve has restrooms with water and a visitor’s center. The preserve is regionally important because it provides protection to the Gasparilla Sound/ Charlotte Harbor. The preserve contains vital mangrove and salt marsh wetlands with portions of freshwater marsh. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for more information. Size 46. • Owners are requested to pick up after dog. west of Port Charlotte About the Property A joint acquisition effort between the District and the state. The preserve has an inspiring coastline with miles of open bay waters. Peace and Caloosahatchee rivers. Fishing • Boat fishing throughout preserve. tidal creeks and segments on the Myakka. Peace and Caloosahatchee rivers.000 acres Location Eastern Charlotte County. • Contact FWC for license requirements. Hiking • Primary hiking trailhead off CR 776 with designated marked foot trail. Guided tours within the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center area are offered to the public from November to April. Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. All lands are managed as a state park.

Murdock 41 My ak 777 CHARLOTTE CO. stream lake. major road minor roads designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river. ka 776 SARASOTA CO.5 1 2 scale in miles Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park Legend highway. Port Charlotte El Jobean er Myakka State Forest Riv Rotonda West 771 Rotonda 775 Charlotte Harbor Gasparilla Island Aquatic Preserve Gulf of Mexico Placida Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park Island Bay National Wildlife Refuge 0 0. pond forest wetland/swamps CHARLOTTE CO. walk-thru General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 31 Pea ce R 776 iver Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park .

• Watch for manatees. water. 4470 Dogs • Dogs allowed in county park only. including electricity. several tributaries and springs are within this tract and are known locally for their great sportfishing and crabbing. • Bathhouse with showers. FL 34448 Recreational Opportunities Bicycling • Trails on unpaved roads.677 acres Location Southwestern Citrus County. • Roads not maintained or marked — be prepared for wet crossings at several narrow washouts. forested wetland provided by two-mile network of old logging roads built above grade. Parking available at access point. Access and Parking • Access obtained from US 19 by traveling west on Miss Maggie Drive (CR 480) to campground and boat launch facilities at end of road. Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. • Proof of current vaccination required upon registration. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for more information. crystal-clear springs and river are a canoeist’s paradise. Hiking • Access to dense. • Dogs must be on a leash no more than six feet in length at all times in campground. (352) 382-2200 voice/ TDD • Land Resources Department. potable water and camp store available at campground. this property is part of a large greenway of public lands that protects the Chassahowitzka Swamp ecosystem and wildlife resources. south of Homosassa Springs Boating and Paddling • Single-lane boat ramp located at campground. • ADA access and facilities available. 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211. The vast expanse of salt marsh. For More Information • Chassahowitzka River Campground and Recreation Area Office. grills and fire rings. shuffleboard court and picnic pavilion available. • Call campground office for reservations. The Chassahowitzka River’s headwaters. laundry facilities. Fishing • Saltwater fishing near gulf. sewer. Picnic Facilities • Limited picnic facilities available at boat dock. Homosassa Tract Restrooms. • Access also available at end of Burnt Bridge Road. Water and Other Amenities Restrooms. About the Property Purchased in the early 1990s. Camping. Group campsite also available. Nearby Recreation Lands • Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge • Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area • Withlacoochee State Forest. • Contact FWC for license requirements. Southwest Florida Water Management District. fee for camping. which is operated by Citrus County Parks and Recreation Department. Day-use fee. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 32 . freshwater fishing in springs. boat rental and a camp store are available at Chassahowitzka River Campground and Recreation Area. ext. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. • River is shallow — use shallow draft boats and keep track of tides. The river has been designated an Outstanding Florida Water by the state of Florida.Chassahowitzka River and Coastal Swamps 8600 Miss Maggie Drive (County Park) 7940 Burnt Bridge Road (SWFWMD) Homosassa. Bird Watching • Chassahowitzka River Trail is Site 51 on western section of Great Florida Birding Trail. Canoe and jon boat rentals. Size 5. hardwood swamps. tables. a boat launch. a dirt road that goes through the Withlacoochee State Forest to the property. Camping Chassahowitzka Campground • 80 full-service campsites with various levels of amenities. Contact campground office for information.

pond forest wetland/swamp RV Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands Blue Run Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area 0 0. a lt Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge Potter C reek Creek 480 480 S Chassahowitzka Springs g Ma Miss gie . stream lake. Chassahowitzka River and Coastal Swamps Legend highway. major road minor road designated trail property boundary (SWFWMD) other public lands county line river. To Weeki Wachee HERNANDO CO.Crystal River State Buffer Preserve 490 Homosassa Withlacoochee State Forest To Homosassa Springs Withlacoochee State Forest Bu rn t 19 Withlacoochee State Forest Br i eR dg 98 d. Dr 98 To B ro o ksv RV ille J oh d for aw Cr ns on Creek 19 Ry reek le C ee Cr k r ive aR itzk how ssa Cha Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge CITRUS CO.5 access point & parking boat ramp fishing spot recreational vehicle camping restrooms 1 2 scale in miles CITRUS CO. General Location 33 .

FL 33547 Access and Parking South on Browning Road off CR 640. for the primary purpose of building the 15-billion-gallon C. wading birds and other Florida wildlife interact in their natural environment. including wetlands.515 Acres Restrooms and Water No restrooms or water available. a bike trail or bridle path. Whether enjoyed on a winding foot path. its natural habitats provide a haven for native Florida wildlife and plant life. ext. Size 5. The remaining property consists of a variety of habitats. Nearby Recreation Lands • • • • Alafia River State Park Little Manatee State Park Alderman’s Ford Park Balm-Boyette Scrub Nature Preserve For More Information Land Resources Department. The reservoir is built on 1. “Bill” Young Regional Reservoir to collect and store drinking water. Southwest Florida Water Management District. scrub. Outdoor enthusiasts can observe fox squirrels. As part of the greater Alafia River Corridor of public conservation lands. in cooperation with Tampa Bay Water. many becoming increasingly rare in the region. 4470 Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 34 . The District purchased the 5. About the Property The Chito Branch Reserve is a unique natural sanctuary situated in the heart of rapidly developing southeastern Hillsborough County. 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211. freshwater marshes and improved pasture. pine and scrubby flatwoods. Chito Branch Reserve is a quiet oasis in a fast-paced world.100 acres.W. Location Southeastern Hillsborough County Recreational Opportunities Biking. Equestrian and Hiking • 6 miles of unimproved interior roads. gopher tortoises.515-acre reserve in 2001. • Each horseback rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test.Chito Branch Reserve Browning Road Lithia. Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. • Florida law requires bicyclists and equestrians under 16 to wear helmets.

ills Pa rkw ay To SR 60 To SR 60 Keysville Rd. “Bill”Young Reservoir Fis k n Rd. Boyette Rd. Lithia Boyette Rd. Ne w Riv e rH Ala Lithia Springs County Park fia Riv er Alafia River Corridor Alderman’s Ford Park 640 Fishhawk Blvd. Lithia Pinecrest Rd. General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 35 . Browning Rd.5 1 2 scale in miles Chito Branch Reserve Legend highway. stream lake. Alafia River State Park Balm-Boyette Scrub 0 0.W. major roads minor roads designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river. Alafia River Corridor Ch eR d. pond forest wetlands/swamps access point & parking HILLSBOROUGH CO. B ito ranch Bo ye tt Creek hh Bell aw Cre Ba ek lm Jameso C. Pinecrest 39 Fish Hawk Creek Preserve Browning Rd. Boyette Rd.

There are exhibits in the center that display environmental and hydrologic functions of Florida’s natural resources. FL 33803 Restrooms and Water Restroom facility and water located at the Nature Discovery Center.5-mile roundtrip from end of Oak Hammock Trail) is an unpaved spur trail running along the lake. The property is maintained by Polk County. • ADA access and facilities available. during daylightsaving time. hardwood swamp and the lakeshore are among the unique characteristics of this property. ospreys and bald eagles. to 8:30 p. pavilion and information signs are available for public use on the grounds adjacent to the center. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for license requirements.m. • Lake View Trail (0. Location Northwestern Polk County. entrance to park is on south side of road. • Florida law requires bicyclists and equestrians under 16 to wear helmets. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 36 . Hiking • Oak Hammock Interpretative Trail (3. south of Lakeland About the Property Named after a cattle ranch that once existed on this property. Nature trail. but in 2005 and 2006. Oak hammock. Managed by the Polk County Natural Resources Department.m.267 acres Recreational Opportunities Bicycling and Equestrian • Numerous trails and roads available throughout the property. Picnic Facilities • Picnic tables are located along the road between the main entrance and the Nature Discovery Center. Nearby Recreation Lands • Saddle Creek Park • Tenoroc Fish Management Area For More Information Polk County Natural Resources Department. • Each horseback rider must carry proof of horse’s negative Coggins test. restoration projects were completed to restore much of the original hydrologic function of the lands. The tremendous bird population includes a variety of wading birds. to 7 p.m. Circle B is now home to some of the most impressive bird activity on District property.m. • Brochure describing trails available at trailhead. As a result of the marsh system restoration project. Circle B Bar Reserve was jointly acquired by the Polk County Environmental Lands Program and the District to protect the floodplain of the lake and to restore the Banana Creek marsh system.Circle B Bar Reserve 4399 Winter Lake Road (SR 540) Lakeland. freshwater marsh. (863) 534-7377 Access and Parking • South of Lakeland on SR 540. Polk County Nature Discovery Center In November 2008. construction of the Polk County Nature Discovery Center was completed. Fishing • Available along Lake Hancock. Hours of Operation Daily from 5 a. Alligators inhabit Lake Hancock and may be observed at a distance from shore or from a pier. waterfowl. Much of the property had previously been converted to pasture. during standard time and from 5 a. the center provides educational opportunities for Polk County public schools and is open to the public.4-mile roundtrip) is an unpaved trail running from parking area to Lake Hancock. Size 1.

pond forest wetland/swamp city boundary access point & parking e environmental education center POLK CO.Auburndale ek Cre dle Sad 570 Lakeland Lake Hancock Project 540 Winter Lake Rd. k Cree ana Ban e 98 Banana Lake Lake Hancock Highland City 0 1 2 scale in miles Circle B Bar Reserve Legend highway. major road minor road designated trail property boundary (SWFWMD) other public lands county line river. stream lake. disabled access toilet General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 37 .

the District and the city of Clearwater entered into an agreement for the design. • 19-station exercise course in southwestern section of park. Fishing • Available along portions of Alligator Creek and from any of four docks. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 38 . Park Facilities • Disc (Frisbee) golf course near picnic area. FL 33759 Recreational Opportunities Bicycling. the city operates and maintains Cliff Stephens Park. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for license requirements. to 10 p. operation and maintenance of the Alligator Creek Water Management Project.m. Boating and Paddling • Small boat launch located in southeast section of park. Hiking and Inline Skating • Clearwater East-West Trail. • Paved walkway in picnic area for pedestrians only. • Owners are requested to pick up after dog. Restrooms and Water No restrooms or water available. • ADA access and facilities available. Picnic Facilities • Tables and grills available along paved walkway. construction. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. Size 44 acres Location Central Pinellas County in Clearwater About the Property In 1980. The District provided land and operates the water-control structure. Park is located on both sides of Fairwood Avenue with main parking lot near the entrance sign. The project provides stormwater management and flood protection for the surrounding Clearwater area. a paved. Access and Parking • Access from US 19. Nearby Recreation Lands • Clearwater East-West Trail • Moccasin Lake Nature Park • Wood Valley Recreation Center Hours of Operation Daily from 6 a.m. (727) 562-4800 Dogs • Dogs must be on a leash no more than six feet in length. For More Information City of Clearwater Parks and Recreation Department. Electric motors and paddles only.Cliff Stephens Park 600 Fairwood Avenue Clearwater. multiuse trail travels through park. turn east onto Drew Street and turn left on Fairwood Avenue.

major road minor road railroad designated trail property boundary (SWFWMD) other public lands county line river. pond forest wetland/swamp walk-thru access point & parking boat ramp bridge picnic area fishing pier PINELLAS CO. 0 Drew Street Virginia Ln. Fairwood Ave. General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 39 . stream lake. Fairwood Ave. Bri gad oon Clearwater Dr.590 Calamondin Ln.125 0.25 scale in miles Cliff Stephens Park Legend highway. Moccasin Lake Park 19 Moccasin Lake Alligator Creek Park Trai l Ln. 0. Edenwood St.

• Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets. For More Information Land Resources Department. Nearby Recreation Lands • Starkey Wilderness Preserve — Serenova Tract • Cypress Creek Preserve Restrooms and Water • Portable toilet available at main entrance. dense cypress sloughs and lush pine flatwoods. Southwest Florida Water Management District. please coordinate with the Bay City Flyers at www. • Day-use reservations required to access equestrian parking area. • 12. Limited Access Areas Several areas of the preserve are being restored and are limited to foot access only. Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. Picnic Facilities • One picnic table available at entrance. • Riders are required to stay on marked trails. • Several miles of multiuse wooded roads available. the preserve offers a stunning landscape of steep sandhill ridges. expansive marshes. Size 2. Access and Parking • Primary access is off SR 52 on south side of road about 3. This includes extensive restoration to areas that were converted to pasture when it was privately owned and managed as a ranch.BayCityFlyers. ext. • Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test. 4470 Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 40 . 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211. About the Property Acquired in 2003 for preservation of natural systems. each equipped with picnic table and fire ring.org/. making a continuous corridor of several thousands of acres in this region. water quality and flood protection.Conner Preserve 22500 SR 52 Land O’ Lakes.5 miles east of US 41.2 miles of designated or marked trails from SR 52 access point. • Anyone who wishes to fly must be licensed by the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA). Equestrian Use • 5. Hiking • 16 miles of hiking-only trails. • ADA access and facilities available. • Portable toilet and nonpotable water available at Bay City Flyers model airplane field. • 25-acre site open to members and spectators. The District manages the preserve’s resources to protect and restore the natural and altered ecosystems when possible. off main trail in eastern portion of preserve. groundwater recharge. The preserve is a vital part of a wildlife habitat corridor envisioned by Pasco County and the District that will eventually connect the Starkey Wilderness Preserve to the Cypress Creek Preserve. No water available.5 miles of unpaved cycling on designated or marked trails.980 acres Location Central Pasco County Camping (available in 2010) • Primitive campsites. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. FL 34637 Recreational Opportunities Bicycling • Use only marked trails. Model Airplane Flying Field • Bay City Flyers Model Airplane Club.

General Location river. stream lake. pond forest wetlands/swamps Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 41 .To Gowers Corner To San Antonio 52 P Creek e Fivemil Cypress Creek Preserve 41 Eh 0 re n Cu tof f a To L es ’ Lak nd O 583 0. major roads minor roads designated trail property boundary other public lands county line P access point & parking parking picnic area disabled access toilet model airplane flying field (www.5 1 scale in miles Conner Preserve Legend highway.baycityflyers.org for more info) primitive camping (available in 2010) PASCO CO.

0. Restrooms and Water • No restrooms or water available at entrances. Parking available. 4470 Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. midway between SR 52 and US 41.400 acres Location Central Pasco County. • Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test. Limited Access Areas • Restricted areas around water facilities. Cypress Creek Well Field serves as an important source of water for the surrounding region and is owned and operated by Tampa Bay Water (TBW). there is no public access beyond TBW to railroad tracks or SR 52. Access and Parking • Primary access is from Parkway Boulevard. east of Land O’ Lakes Camping • Separate sites available for equestrian. About the Property Purchased to provide flood protection and serve as a public water supply. Hiking • Paved road available (Pump Station Road). • Paved road through the property continues northeast to adjoining property owned by TBW. FL 34639 Recreational Opportunities Bicycling and Inline Skating • 5 miles of paved and unpaved cycling on designated or marked trails. Cypress Creek’s floodplain helps filter nutrients in runoff waters. Due to private land holdings. Do not park on roadway or block gate. • West gate at west end of Pump Station Road. • Several miles of wooded roads available. • ADA access and facilities available. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 42 . • Walk-thru entrance on east side at end of Quail Hollow Boulevard. which is accessed from Ehren Cutoff (CR 583). • A free reservation is required and must be displayed on dashboard at campground. Equestrian Use • 12 miles of marked trails from Parkway Boulevard access point. Southwest Florida Water Management District. • Portable toilet available. • Riders are required to stay on marked trails.Cypress Creek Preserve 8720 Pump Station Road Land O’ Lakes. • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets. Picnic Facilities • Limited picnic tables in camp areas. Small day-use parking area outside gate.7 miles north of Pine View Middle School. fire rings and/or grills. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. • Man-made impoundments located in southern portion of property. Within the property. • Sites have picnic tables. Fishing • Along Cypress Creek during high-water periods. group and primitive camping. • Use only marked trails. • Nonpotable water source available. Follow signs to Cypress Creek Well Field. Nearby Recreation Lands • Conner Preserve • Starkey Wilderness Preserve For More Information Land Resources Department. the creek threads its way through an expanse of cypress and hardwood forests. Slash pine. ext. 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211.” which are collectively known as Florida flatwoods. Cypress Creek is a tributary of the Hillsborough River. longleaf pine and palmetto grow on the higher “ridges. Size 7. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for license requirements. Sign in at registration station located inside gate. • Portable toilets and nonpotable water available at equestrian and group campsites. No parking available at this gate.

Swamp d.Conner Preserve To SR 5 aban d rail done 2 road 583 Cy ss pre Cre ek Cypress Creek Well Field p m n Pu tatiod. E G 583 s Pa R co k Par yB wa Exit 279 Ch esley To W apel 54 . pond forest wetland/swamp E G DAT Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands ee Cr k 54 Exit 275 56 0 1 2 scale in miles walk-thru PASCO CO. access point & parking equestrian camping* group camping* disabled access toilet control structure * primitive campsites General Location 43 . lvd 41 54 Land O’ Lakes 581 Cy pr es s 75 mp a To T a Cypress Creek Preserve Legend highway. major road minor road paved trail designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river. stream lake. S R Big Cypress Ehren Cutoff Quail Hollow Blvd.

• Additional access available from Deep Creek Park. Hiking • 9-mile network of multiuse trail roads. Backcountry • This site has a picnic table. some trails are excessively wet during certain times of year. • A free reservation is required and must be displayed on dashboard at campground. Location Southwestern DeSoto County. • Riders are required to stay on marked trails. Fishing • Bank fishing available along river.” which parallels the eastern boundary of the site. provides convenient access. Restrooms available at Deep Creek Park.000 acres Camping • Separate sites available for equestrian. bordered by small areas of salt marsh and mangrove forest. A large number of freshwater marshes and wet prairies dot the landscape. Southwest Florida Water Management District. • Sites have a picnic table. fire ring and/or grill. fire ring and/or grill. 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211.Deep Creek Preserve 10797 SW Peace River Street Arcadia. Size 2. • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets. near the intersection of Kings Highway (CR 769) and Southwest Peace River Street. 4470 Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. ext. About half of the property is pine flatwoods consisting of longleaf pines and a diverse mixture of native shrubs and herbs. Parking area and walkthru available. Picnic Facilities • Limited picnic facilities available at campsite. • ADA access and facilities available. Tidal swamp. adjacent to public boat ramp. east of Port Charlotte About the Property Proximity to the Charlotte Harbor estuary is reflected in the tidal nature of the river and its associated floodplain wetlands. Narrow ridges of well-drained oak scrub and scrubby flatwoods line the margins of several of the creeks. dominates the riverine floodplain. Equestrian Use • Approximately 9 miles of multiuse trails. The pasture’s location. • Prepare for wet hiking. A small area of improved pasture accounts for the only portion of the property that has been altered substantially from its natural state. known historically as “Deep Creek. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for license requirements. • Access to the District’s trail network at Deep Creek Park. FL 34269 Recreational Opportunities Boating and Paddling • Available at Deep Creek Park. • Portable toilet available. and a series of intermittent streams discharge overflow from these wetland areas into Deep Creek during periods of high water. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 44 . • Pavilion available at Deep Creek Park. Nearby Recreation Lands • Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park • RV Griffin Reserve • Prairie/Shell Creek Access and Parking • Access is from Southwest Peace River Street off Kings Highway (CR 769). • Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test. The Peace River is highly braided in these lower reaches and the name of the property is derived from a prominent branch of the river. • Nonpotable water source available. group and primitive camping. Restrooms and Water Portable toilet and nonpotable water available in equestrian and group campground. For More Information Land Resources Department.

769 Deep Creek Park Pea ce ree De C ep Riv e r k To Por t Ch arlo tte. 0 0. major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river.5 1 scale in miles Deep Creek Preserve DESOTO CO. highway. pond forest wetland/swamp B access point & parking picnicking boat ramp equestrian. I- 75 B DESOTO CO.Kin gs H ighw ay To Ar ca dia RV Griffin Reserve SW Peace River St. stream lake. group and primitive camping backcountry camping disabled access toilet General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 45 . CHARLOTTE CO.

• Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets. grills and restrooms. • Reservoir is an idle speed. Fee for camping. A boardwalk fishing pier leads to an observation tower across the reservoir. No reservations. which is ADA accessible. All campsites are full service — table. 3. Size 1. east of Brandon About the Property After mining phosphate in the 1960s. but donations to “iron ranger” are appreciated. and on 730-foot pier/boardwalk. • Owners are requested to pick up after dog.m. • Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test. (813) 757-3802 Recreational Opportunities Bicycling and Inline Skating • Paved park road. In 1970. Access and Parking • Entrance on Turkey Creek Road. showers and an RV dump station available. under agreement with the District. tent and group sites. a dike and a control structure were built to create the 700-acre reservoir. the property was renamed the Edward Medard Park and Reservoir in 1977 to honor a District Governing Board member. the American Cyanamid Company donated the majority of this property to the District in 1969. • Horses may be trailered in or rented at a stable adjacent to the northwest corner of property. • Riders are required to stay on marked trails. electricity and fire ring. For More Information Edward Medard Park.000 visitors annually.25-mile bridle path. • Permits for after-hours fishing available from park office. FL 33567 Boating and Paddling • Multilane boat ramp and docks. Park Facilities • Playground equipment and horseshoe pits. with the 700-acre reservoir being the main attraction. • 12 parking areas distributed throughout park. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. Camping • • • • Primitive camping available. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 46 . • Water available in equestrian staging/parking area. to sunset. Restrooms and Water Various restrooms and drinking water facilities located throughout park. • Restrooms. which offers some flood protection along the Alafia River. along the banks of reservoir. Hours of Operation Daily from 6 a. water. Equestrian Use • One-way. • Free admission. Hillsborough County developed this site as one of its largest regional parks. 1 mile south of SR 60 (Brandon Boulevard). In 1972. Special park policies may also apply. • ADA access and facilities available. Nearby Recreation Lands • Alafia River State Park • Alderman’s Ford Park Dogs • Dogs must be on a leash no more than six feet in length. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for license requirements. no-wake area to protect public safety and prevent erosion. Edward Medard Park is a popular recreation area. hosting 500.Edward Medard Park and Reservoir 5737 Turkey Creek Road Plant City.284 acres Location Eastern Hillsborough County. Fishing • Available by boat. Hiking • Available on all roads and trails. Originally known as the Pleasant Grove Reservoir Park. • Covered shelters available. 40 campsites — RV. Picnic Facilities • 3 picnic areas with tables.

General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 47 . pond forest wetland/swamp RV P walk-thru access point & parking RV camping primitive camping fishing spot observation tower playground disabled access toilet park office boat ramps picnic area HILLSBOROUGH CO. RV P RV boardwalk Edward Medard Reservoir Water-Control Structure Durant Rd.5 1 2 scale in miles Edward Medard Park and Reservoir Legend highway. stream lake.To Brandon 60 To Bartow Turkey Creek Rd. major road minor road paved trail designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river. reek ey C Turk Pleasant Grove 0 0.

Restrooms and Water No restrooms or water available. Location Eastern Manatee County. but a high diversity of natural understory species remain. Southwest Florida Water Management District. The marsh retains surface water after rains and slowly releases it into the Myakka River through Coker Creek. 4470 Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 48 . The dominant natural communities are pine flatwoods. freshwater marsh and hardwood hammocks. Nearby Recreation Lands • Manatee County’s Duette Park and Rye Wilderness Park • Lake Manatee State Park For More Information Land Resources Department. ext.Edward W. Chance Reserve — Coker Prairie Tract 34300 East SR 64 Myakka City. The northern portion of the tract has a higher elevation and drains into the Manatee River. east of Lake Manatee About the Property Part of the District’s Lake Manatee Reserve project. The southern portion contains the freshwater marsh that gives the tract its name. The pine overstory in the flatwoods was logged by prior owners. south side of road. Size 2. FL 34251 Access and Parking Entrance approximately 7 miles east of Lake Manatee on SR 64. 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211.100 acres Recreational Opportunities Hiking • Approximately 6 miles of interior roads. this property contains relatively unaltered natural land. Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. scrubby flatwoods. scrub.

5 1 scale in miles General Location 49 .To Bradenton Duette Park 64 Duette Park Ma nat ee R iver Webb Bran ch Edward W. Chance Reserve — Coker Prairie Tract Legend highway. pond forest wetland/swamp access point & parking MANATEE CO. stream lake. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands Little Coker Prairie t For ford Craw r ke Co ek Cre ek Cre 0 0. major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river.

Exercise caution in these areas. • Prepare for wet hiking. FL 34219 Recreational Opportunities Short sections of trails may go through area leased for cattle grazing.Edward W. Restrooms and Water • Portable toilet available at main entrance. the Gilley Creek Tract protects the main branch of Gilley Creek. 4470 Access and Parking Entrance north of Lake Manatee on SR 675. providing an example of historic Florida palmetto prairie. ext. Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset.S. as well as a host of other species that depend on scrub communities. which is one of the main tributaries of the Manatee River. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. with regular reoccurrence of fire through the prescribed burn program. The hydrology of the site will also be restored to the extent possible. Equestrian Use • 12 miles of marked interior roads.800 acres Bicycling • Loop trails on 12 miles of old roads. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 50 . Chance Reserve — Gilley Creek Tract 22310 CR 675 Parrish. 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211. Undisturbed areas of native habitats thrive in a natural condition. Fishing • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for license requirements. Nearby Recreation Lands • Lake Manatee State Park • Manatee County’s Duette Park and Rye Wilderness Park For More Information Land Resources Department. Southwest Florida Water Management District. • Use only marked trails. • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets. • No water available. Size 5. some trails are excessively wet during certain times of year. Parking area on east side of road. • Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test. Restoration efforts focus on reestablishing scrub habitats in fallow agricultural fields that will expand an existing population of the Florida scrub-jay. Stay on marked trail at all times and remember that cattle serve a management function on the property and should not be disturbed. currently listed as threatened in the state and in the U. which serves as the primary drinking water source for Manatee County. The creek flows into Lake Manatee. hardwood hammocks are still found along the creek channels and wetlands. Hiking • 12 miles of multiuse trails. pine flatwoods and scrubby flatwoods communities. Formerly a cattle ranch and farm with row crops that had been converted to pasture. These efforts will enhance the property’s natural communities and improve water quality. • Riders are required to stay on marked trails. Location Eastern Manatee County. east of Lake Manatee About the Property As part of the District’s Lake Manatee Reserve project..

ley Cr ee W To To Bradenton k im Legend highway. au ma Man atee River 0. Oak Knoll Boggy 675 Lake Manatee Lake Manatee State Park 0 64 Gil Ru tla nd Rd . pond forest wetland/swamp access point & parking MANATEE CO.5 1 2 scale in miles Edward W. Chance Reserve — Gilley Creek Tract General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 51 . stream lake. major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river.Tyre Creek y r ve Ha ng Pro Cr ee k Oak Knoll Rd.

unpaved trails. A broad mixture of hardwood and cypress swamps covers the floodplain of the Withlacoochee River. Nearby Recreation Lands • • • • • Fort Cooper State Park Half Moon-Gum Slough Panasoffkee Outlet Potts Preserve Withlacoochee State Trail Recreational Opportunities Bicycling • 13 miles of designated or marked multiuse. Southwest Florida Water Management District. This property is a mosaic of small lakes. • Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for more information. Fishing • Moccasin Slough Bridge and Withlacoochee River offer good fishing. FL 34450 Camping • Separate sites available for equestrian/group and primitive camping. Picnic Facilities • One picnic table available at entrance. • Contact FWC for license requirements. some trails are excessively wet during certain times of year.Flying Eagle Preserve 11080 East Moccasin Slough Road Inverness. head east on Eden Drive and continue east as the road changes to Moccasin Slough Road. The Withlacoochee River forms a portion of the eastern property boundary and is a vital component of regional drainage and flood conveyance. east of Floral City About the Property The Tsala Apopka Chain of Lakes. ext. which surrounds most of this property. There are two entrances on Moccasin Slough Road. For More Information Land Resources Department. marshes and swamps. is connected to the Floridan aquifer’s hydrologic system. 4470 Bird Watching • Site 56 of western section of Great Florida Birding Trail. only use sticks found on the ground. Backcountry • These sites are primitive and have no amenities.950 acres Location Eastern Citrus County. • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets. fire rings and/or grills. Do not block gate. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 52 . • Sites have picnic tables. • Camping not permitted during hunts. Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211. Access and Parking From US 41 in Inverness. Equestrian Use • Riders required to stay on 9 miles of marked or designated multiuse trails. Look for signage. • A free reservation is required and must be displayed on dashboard at campground. Travel approximately three miles to the first entrance. with numerous scattered islands of forested uplands. • Equestrian use not permitted during hunts. • Prepare for wet hiking. Hunting • Contact FWC for information regarding license requirements and permits. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. • Mound fires — keep fires small. Restrooms and Water Portable toilets and nonpotable water available near the equestrian/group and primitive campgrounds. The second entrance is within a mile from the first. • FWC rules and regulations must be observed throughout the year. • Use only marked trails. Hiking • 16 miles of wooded roads. Size 10.

l rai la T Tsa Lak e SUMTER CO. Dik Ap 41 r Withlacoochee State T op ka Gobbler Dr. e N. General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 53 . D nd ad E Fort Cooper State Park Main Rd. G P E Carlson Rd. To n Driv Ede 41 US Flying Eagle Preserve W ith lac oo c Moccasin S lou gh he e Riv er Rd . Floral City Legend highway.Half Moon – Gum Slough 44 To I-75 e ern Inv To US 41. W laco ith ee River oc h Withlacoochee State Forest Jumper Creek Wildlife Management Area 0 0. ss oy S B cou tR 470 d. e. pond forest wetland/swamp E G P B ail 48 E Trails nd Rd . McGregor Smith Boy Scout Reservation Panasoffkee Outlet Tract Tsa Withlapopka Community Park la S. major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river.5 1 2 scale in miles Flying Eagle Preserve walk-thru access point & parking county boat ramp bridge equestrian camping group camping primitive camping backcountry camping CITRUS CO. Dead End Rd. stream lake. e Rd. Flying Eagle Preserve B CITRUS CO.

Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 54 . In 2006. Size 4.964 acres Location Eastern Citrus County Camping • Separate group. (813) 872-2691 Access and Parking • From Hwy.Flying Eagle Preserve — McGregor Smith Boy Scout Reservation 12650 East Boy Scout Road Inverness. The property is heavily wooded with native vegetation and is composed of approximately 41 percent uplands and 59 percent wetlands and streams. primitive and backcountry camping areas available for individual camping. travel 6 miles and turn right on East Boy Scout Road. the Gulf Ridge Council manages 580 acres of the McGregor Smith tract. Picnic Facilities • Large picnic pavilion. • Reservations can be made up to 30 days in advance. About the Property This property was purchased from the South Florida Council. 44 east of Inverness. Recreational Opportunities Bicycling • Several miles of unimproved roads. • ADA access and facilities available. This property is adjacent to the Flying Eagle Preserve that together encompasses 16. Small fee and reservations required. Inc. Nearby Recreation Lands • Flying Eagle Preserve • Flying Eagle Preserve — Withlapopka Community Park • Lake Panasoffkee For More Information Gulf Ridge Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The Gulf Ridge Council uses the lands for compatible recreational opportunities and environmental education programs associated with the operation of a youth center. Boy Scouts of America in 2004 to preserve and protect water resources. • Picnic tables and grills available. Under the agreement. the District entered into a lease agreement with the Gulf Ridge Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Contact Gulf Ridge Council of the Boy Scouts of America for reservations. no water available. ecological values and cultural and historical resources. Hiking • Several miles of unimproved maintenance roads. travel one-half mile to parking area on right. The eastern portion of the property is bordered by the Withlacoochee River for approximately three miles. All recreational opportunities on the tract lie within this leased area. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. • Follow marked trails. • Cabin rentals available.334 acres of protected lands. FL 34450 Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. Small fee and reservation required. Restrooms and Water Portable toilet available..

Half Moon – Gum Slough 44 oy S BSA Lease Area McGregor S mith Tra il B cou tR d. pond forest wetland/swamp access point & parking group. CO .5 1 scale in miles Legend Flying Eagle Preserve — McGregor Smith Boy Scout Reservation highway. Tsa Carlson la McGregor Smith Boy Scout Reservation 470 Ap Flying Eagle Preserve op ka BSA Lease Area Lak e Panasoffkee Outlet Tract e Rd. 813-872-2691) CITRUS CO. stream lake. major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river. primitive and backcountry camping (For info. General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 55 . contact Gulf Ridge Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Dik 0 0. W ith lac oo ch ee Ri v er SU CI MT ER CO TR US .

picnic tables and grills. Restrooms and Water Portable toilet available. Size 50 acres Location Eastern Citrus County. head east on Gobbler Drive. Hiking • Approximately 1-mile loop trail available with rest station benches. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 56 . • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets.Flying Eagle Preserve — Withlapopka Community Park 10390 E. 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211. east of Floral City Picnic Facilities • Small picnic pavilion. • ADA access and facilities available. About the Property The Withlapopka Community Park is approximately 50 acres located within the Flying Eagle Preserve. • Follow marked trails. ext. travel 3 miles to parking area on left. marshes and swamps with numerous scattered islands of forested uplands. no water available. Southwest Florida Water Management District. The park is a result of a group of individuals approaching the District with a unique opportunity to work hand-in-hand to better the community. Gobbler Drive Inverness. Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. This group has spent countless hours constructing the park amenities. The preserve is a mosaic of small lakes. unpaved loop trail. The park site was used by Citrus County as a disposal site for spoil dredged from the county’s canals. FL 34450 Recreational Opportunities Bicycling • Small. Recreational Activities • • • • • • Frisbee golf Golf — chipping and driving Horseshoes Swing and teeter-totter Tetherball Volleyball Nearby Recreation Lands • Flying Eagle Preserve • Flying Eagle Preserve — McGregor Smith Boy Scout Reservation For More Information Land Resources Department. 4470 Access and Parking • From US 41 in Inverness.

pond forest wetland/swamp access point parking disabled access toilet CITRUS CO. scale in miles Flying Eagle Preserve — Withlapopka Community Park Legend highway. stream lake. major road minor road designated trail property boundary park boundary county line river. General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 57 bler Dr. .Flying Eagle Preserve Flying Eagle Preserve Flying Eagle Preserve Mallard Ln.25 To US 41 Gobble r Dr. 0 0.125 Gob ay eW Pik 0.

The area contains a variety of different habitat types with a wide diversity of plant life. which bisects the area.067 acres. Little Withlacoochee and West tracts.350 acres. Rainwater also trickles down through the soil to replenish the Floridan aquifer system. see individual descriptions for Colt Creek State Park and East. Because the Green Swamp region is elevated above outlying areas and the underground aquifer rises very close to the land surface. Little Withlacoochee Tract — 4. amphibians. reptiles and butterfly species. These types include. the Hillsborough and the Peace. The preserve is divided into five management units: Colt Creek State Park — 5. As a plateau above surrounding areas.Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve (On following pages.149 acres. the Ocklawaha.000 acres of the Green Swamp region as an Area of Critical State Concern. East Tract — 51.052 acres. This is an illustration of central Florida’s natural heritage.000 acres Location Four-corner area of Lake. Its 560. Hampton. Hampton. Protecting the Green Swamp is vital to protecting the quality and quantity of Florida’s water supply. can visit and explore some of central Florida’s flora and fauna found in a natural state that has had little modification by man. Recreational Opportunities On the following pages. from school groups to master birders. but are not limited to. The District began purchasing the area in the early 1970s and is still carrying on acquisitions to protect the area’s natural uniqueness. the state of Florida in 1974 designated 322. and West Tract — 37. The characteristic cypress ponds that dot the landscape can only be found in central Florida. Along the trail and road system in the area. flatwoods. Pasco. and East. Visitors can hike over the vast road network or hike the Florida National Scenic Trail. Nearby Recreation Lands • • • • District’s Upper Hillsborough property Florida National Scenic Trail Pasco County — Withlacoochee River Park Richloam Tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest • Withlacoochee State Trail • Van Fleet State Trail Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 58 . Polk and Sumter counties. The preserve is an excellent place for bird watching and observing other wildlife from mammals. see individual descriptions for Colt Creek State Park.000 acres of wetlands. Recognizing the statewide significance of this area. observers will notice a land that has been preserved to keep its natural beauty. Nearly 36 miles of the Withlacoochee River’s 110-mile length are protected as an Outstanding Florida Water within the Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve. east of Dade City About the Property The area is an ideal place where visitors. river swamp and cypress ponds. Rainwater drains across the surface to create the headwaters of four major rivers: the Withlacoochee. Hampton Tract — 11. Little Withlacoochee and West tracts. the Green Swamp region is an important physiographic feature of Florida. oak hammocks. the region functions as the pressure head for the aquifer. sandhills. which will benefit current and future residents of southwest Florida. This intact ecosystem attracts many types of wildlife. flatlands and low ridges are bounded by prominent sandy ridgelines.) Size 110.446 acres. the primary source of drinking water for most Floridians.

Withlacoochee State Forest Lacoochee B Little Withlacoochee Tract 301 98 W i ochee aco thl B River B West Tract 471 52 E E East Tract Dade City 35A P B B Withlacoochee River Park B POLK CO. SUMTER CO. Florida National Scenic Trail or state trail parking group camping equestrian camping primitive camping backcountry camping disabled access toilet POLK CO. Deen Still Rd. e och aco t Sta Flee Van Flo ri Sceda N nic atio Tra nal il 98 SUMTER CO. 33 To SR Pond Rd. stream lake. pond forest wetland/swamp city boundary G E P B Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands To La la ke nd 0 2 4 scale in miles walk-thru access point & parking LAKE CO. major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river. To U S Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve Legend highway. 98 54 301 POLK CO. eR iver ail te Tr HERNANDO CO. PASCO CO. Ro ck Rid ge R Upper Hillsborough Preserve Colt Creek State Park Hampton Tract G d. PASCO CO.301 50 SUMTER CO. General Location 59 . Green 98 B ee och Withlaco Rive r Florida National Scenic Trail G Zephyrhills 54 Hill sboro ugh Rive r PASCO CO. Little Wit hl LAKE CO.

The primitive camp has no running water or electricity. Size 5. Contact the park for details at (863) 815-6761. FL 33809 Camping (Youth) • Primitive youth camping is available at the park for organized youth groups such as Boy Scouts. • Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test. Fishing • Freshwater bank fishing is available at three different lakes in the park. Consisting mainly of pine flatwoods. • ADA access and facilities available. • Trail maps available at kiosk.m. both of which can accommodate up to 20 people. Hiking • 12 miles of marked trails. • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets. this piece of pristine wilderness is home to many animal species including the American bald eagle.067 acres Location 16 miles north of Lakeland just south of the Withlacoochee River off SR 471 About the Property Purchased in May 2006 and opened to the public in January 2007. 365 days a year. church youth groups and others. white-tailed deer. Picnic Facilities • Picnic areas available throughout the park.Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve Recreational Opportunities Bicycling • Bicycling is currently permitted only on unmarked dirt (service) roads. There are two sites available. Hours of Operation Florida state parks are open from 8 a. (863) 815-6761 Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 60 . Restrooms and Water • Accessible restrooms are available at the parking area. Girl Scouts. cypress domes and open pastureland. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. this 5. park is 3. Be sure to bring your binoculars along and pick up a checklist of birds and butterflies at the information kiosk. until sundown. Access and Parking • From US 98 south of Dade City. • Water available at main parking area. turn left on SR 471.8 miles north on SR 471. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for license requirements. Colt Creek State Park (See Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve for overall information. Wildlife Viewing • From January through December 2007. At the end of the year-long survey. • Riders are required to stay on marked trails. so please pack accordingly. a monthly survey of birds and butterflies was conducted by the Lake Region Audubon Society and the North American Butterfly Association. wild turkey and bobcat. Equestrian Use • 12 miles of marked trails. Pets other than service animals are not permitted. gopher tortoise. Sherman’s fox squirrel. The camp is nestled in an oak hammock with a fair amount of shade and is designed for tents only. For More Information Colt Creek State Park. with the exception of one small supply trailer per group. volunteers documented approximately 149 species of birds and 79 species of butterflies.067-acre park is nestled within the Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve and named after one of the tributaries that flows through the property. There is a fee for camping.) 16000 SR 471 Lakeland. Indian Guides.

471 98 To L ake 0 0. Riv er Green Swamp East Tract ee och aco thl Wi Little Gator Creek Wildlife and Environmental Area Co lt C ree k Ga tor Cr ee k Green Swamp West Tract To D 54 ad eC ity PASCO CO. SUMTER CO.PASCO CO. POLK CO. General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 61 .5 1 lan d scale in miles Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve Legend highway. stream lake. pond forest wetland/swamp Colt Creek State Park access point parking disabled access toilet POLK CO. major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river.

This trail continues through Green Swamp West Tract and up to the Richloam Tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest. • 13. For More Information Land Resources Department.149 acres Location Southwestern Lake. Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. Hunting • Contact FWC for information regarding license requirements and permits. • Prepare for wet hiking. 4470 Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 62 . Camping • Camping not permitted during hunts. hikers are encouraged to wear hunter orange or other bright color above the waist. • During hunts. northern Polk and southeastern Sumter counties Access and Parking • Main vehicle access on south side of Green Swamp on Rock Ridge Road. • A free reservation is required and must be displayed on dashboard at campground. contact Florida Trail Association at 1-877-445-3352 (FL only) or (352) 378-8823. some trails are excessively wet during certain times of year. Florida National Scenic Trail • The Florida National Scenic Trail is maintained by the Florida Trail Association.9-mile overnight loop and a 7. • Several additional walk-thru gates throughout property. • For more information.7-mile day loop.) 17301 Rock Ridge Road Polk City. fire rings and/or grills. 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211.4 miles of Florida National Scenic Trail run through Green Swamp East and West tracts. Blue blaze symbols indicate side trails. • Parking also at Main Grade and SR 471. Recreational Opportunities Bicycling • Over 71 miles of unpaved service roads. East Tract (See Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve for overall information. Restrooms and Water No restrooms or water available. • Vehicle access from Rock Ridge Road for fishing is only permitted on weekends in May and June. Southwest Florida Water Management District.Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve Fishing • Fishing and frogging allowed throughout year. Double blaze symbols indicate a sharp turn in trail. White blaze symbols indicate overnight loop. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for license requirements. • Orange blaze symbols indicate primary trail. • Use only marked trails • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. Size 51. Tillman Lake and Mott Prairie. FL 33868 Hiking • Total 32. ext. Small day-use parking area at Rock Ridge gate. • Backcountry sites include Trial Ford. • FWC rules and regulations must be observed throughout the year. approximately 10 miles northeast of US 98 and 6 miles west of SR 33. sites have picnic tables.

Florida National Scenic Trail or state trail backcountry camping fishing spot Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 63 . Tillman Lake POLK CO. 98 ck Rid ge R d. Green Swamp West Tract Main Entrance Maynard Mines in Ma ad Gr e Mott Prairie Camp B LAKE CO. un e ad Gr e Stat Bull Pow LAKE CO. PASCO CO. To en P SR 33 Poyner Rd. der 3R Trail Barn Gra de nic Ta Gra e ad Gr Levee G rad e de M ain Lin eR d. PASCO CO. Florida Na Scenic Trtional ail Stanley Fish Hole Main r Ma in Gra de c Withlacoo he Gre d on Rd. B East Tract walk-thru access point & parking SUMTER CO. stream lake. e 471 Rock Ridge Road Entrance Colt Creek State Park Hampton Tract Deen Still Rd. pond forest wetland/swamp POLK CO. LAKE CO.Little Withlacoochee SUMTER CO. Camp B Riv e Trial Ford Camp B Line Rd. 98 To D ade Cit y POLK CO. Withlacoochee State Forest t Flee Van SUMTER CO. To U S Ro To La la ke nd 0 1 2 4 scale in miles Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve Legend highway. major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river. Moore Rd.

Restrooms and Water • No restrooms or water available at entrance. Southwest Florida Water Management District. Hampton Tract (See Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve for overall information. ext. • Day-use parking area at Hampton gate. • Nonpotable water source available. • Approximately 28 miles of multiuse trails. • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets. • Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test. For More Information Land Resources Department. approximately 7 miles northeast of US 98.052 acres Equestrian Use • Approximately 28 miles of multiuse trails.) 18490 Rock Ridge Road Lakeland. • A free reservation is required and must be displayed on dashboard at campground. Hiking • Several miles of unimproved trails/roads available. • Sites have picnic tables. some trails are excessively wet during certain times of year. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211. Recreational Opportunities Bicycling • Use only marked trails.Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve Camping • Equestrian. Location Northwestern Polk County Access and Parking • Main vehicle access on south side of Green Swamp on Rock Ridge Road. • Vault toilet and nonpotable water sources available at campground. • ADA access and facilities available. • Prepare for wet hiking. 4470 Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 64 . it cannot be reserved. FL 33809 Size 11. Picnic Facilities • Limited picnic facilities by entrance. • Riders are required to stay on marked trails. fire rings and/or grills. group and primitive camping available. Fishing • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for license requirements. • Site has a picnic shelter — this is a common area. Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset.

major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 65 d. stream lake. With lacoochee er Riv Green Swamp East Tract Colt Creek State Park Colt Cre ek Bud dy Sut ton Gra de P E G Levee Grade Ro To U S 98 98 ck Be Rid eT ree ge R Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve Legend highway. pond forest wetland/swamp E G P Hampton Tract access point & parking disabled access toilet equestrian camping group camping primitive camping fishing spot POLK CO. r Cre Gato ek Hampton Gate Deen Still Rd. SUMTER CO. Dr ain .POLK CO.

Size 4. Little Withlacoochee Tract (See Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve for overall information. Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. Hunting • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for license requirements and permits. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. • Roads. For More Information Florida Division of Forestry. Restrooms and Water No restrooms or water available on site. • Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test.446 acres Location Southwestern Lake County Access and Parking • Vehicle access from SR 471 through Richloam.Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve Recreational Opportunities Bicycling • Bicycling allowed on named or numbered roads. Hiking • The eastern end of the trail leads to the Van Fleet State Trail. (352) 754-6896 Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 66 . Vehicle Access • Vehicles allowed on designated named or numbered roads as authorized by Division of Forestry.) Equestrian Use • Horseback riding allowed only on designated named or numbered roads. • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets. • Wooded roads may be in poor condition. fire lines and gates cannot be blocked. Exercise caution when driving. • FWC rules and regulations must be observed throughout year. Exercise caution.

General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 67 . stream lake. To SR 33 e Stat Trail SUMTER CO. yL Ba Green Swamp East Tract 0 ak eL R To S oop 471 LAKE CO. Mascotte lan dR d. 1 2 scale in miles Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve Legend minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river. pond forest wetland/swamp Little Withlacoochee Tract highway.To SR 50. Ca r te r Is 565 F Van leet Withlacoochee State Forest Lake Erie Rd. major road Van Fleet State Trail LAKE CO.

1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211. fire rings and/or grills. Fishing • Along Withlacoochee River. picnic tables and/or grills. Hiking • Total 32. • Cumpressco campsite has portable toilet. • McNeil group campsite has portable toilet. Boating and Paddling • Small boat ramp available on River Road. Parking for river access and hiking trail on left. • Nonpotable water source available. • A free reservation is required and must be displayed on dashboard at campground. FL 33525 Size 37. picnic tables. Hours of Operation • Daily from sunrise to sunset. • 60 miles of additional marked trails. • Horse-drawn buggy riding only on marked trails. Picnic Facilities • Picnic tables available inside main gate. fire rings and/or grills. Concession Stand and Gator Hole. Foster Bridge. Blue blaze symbols indicate side trails. • FWC rules and regulations must be observed throughout the year. ext. Recreational Opportunities Bicycling • 46 miles of marked multiuse trails.com.Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve West Tract (See Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve for overall information. White blaze symbols indicate overnight loop. Group and Primitive Sites: • Ashley campsite has vault toilet. • Orange blaze symbols indicate primary trail. visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) web site at MyFWC. access best from River Road. equestrians and bicyclists park at main gate. • During hunts. • Open to public access year-round except during the special opportunity archery. Bird Watching • Site 64 on western section of Great Florida Birding Trail. Double blaze symbols indicate a sharp turn in trail. Southwest Florida Water Management District.5-mile side trail connects to Withlacoochee River Park. Backcountry Camping Sites: • Low Bluff. • Nonpotable water available at main entrance at River Road. For More Information Land Resources Department. For more information. • ADA access and facilities available.4 miles of Florida National Scenic Trail run through Green Swamp East and West tracts. • Additional parking off SR 471 at Cumpressco and McNeil entrances. requires a free reservation. follow River Road east five miles. nonpotable water. • Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test. hikers are encouraged to wear hunter orange or other bright color above the waist. High Bluff.350 acres Location Eastern edge of Pasco County. Hunting • Contact FWC for information regarding license requirements and permits. • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets.) 13347 Ranch Road Dade City. just south of Withlacoochee State Forest (Richloam Tract). general gun. 4470 Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 68 . between US 98/US 301 and SR 471. Restrooms and Water • Restroom available at campground. Access and Parking • From US 301 in Dade City. picnic tables. nonpotable water. Camping Equestrian. • Contact FWC for more information. Florida National Scenic Trail • The Florida National Scenic Trail is maintained by the Florida Trail Association. • Contact FWC for license requirements. • 1. • Withlacoochee River offers remote wilderness experience. • Vehicle access from McNeil Road (SR 471) available by free reservation. hog-still and turkey seasons. Equestrian Use • 60 miles of service roads. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets.

Ashley Equestrian E Cumpressco Camp Camp E P Concession Stand B Camp 471 Green Swamp East Tract Main Entrance 35A Ra Withlacoochee River Park Enterprise Rd.Lacoochee B Withlacoochee State Forest High Bluff Camp Withlacoochee State Forest Ma in L ine Rd . McNeil Entrance 301 98 G McNeil Group Camp Zephyrhills Upper Hillsborough Preserve 54 0 1 2 4 scale in miles Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve West Tract Legend highway. General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 69 . Gator Hole Camp B Cumpressco Entrance Clinton Ave. 41 578 Dade City 52 Riv er Rd . Auton Rd. pond forest wetland/swamp city boundary E G P B walk-thru access point w/parking Florida National Scenic Trail small boat launch equestrian camping group camping primitive camping backcountry camping parking disabled access toilet PASCO CO. major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river. 301 98 B Foster Bridge Camp nc h Rd . stream lake.

For the most part. • Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test. • FWC rules and regulations must be observed throughout the year. which is managed by the FWC. Hiking • 24 miles of trails. Size 9. Gum Slough is a four-mile-long spring run that flows into the Withlacoochee River. FL 33538 Recreational Opportunities Bicycling • 24 miles of designated or marked multiuse trails. • Wet crossings are present along tram road. • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets. • ADA access and facilities available. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. The upland areas of the property are a mixture of natural pine flatwoods and oak hammock. Picnic Facilities • Picnic facilities throughout property. Location Northwestern Sumter County. Gum Slough and associated tributaries. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 70 . Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. (352) 732-1225 Restrooms and Water Restrooms and water available at check station.Half Moon-Gum Slough 8864 CR 247 Lake Panasoffkee. hikers are encouraged to wear hunter orange or other bright color above the waist. northeast of Inverness About the Property This property was acquired to protect and preserve natural water resources and the water quality of the Withlacoochee River. The water in Gum Slough comes from several springs. Head north on CR 247 to public entrance gate. • Equestrian use not permitted during hunting seasons. • Contact FWC for license requirements. • During hunts. For More Information Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Fishing • Designated freshwater ponds open for fishing. which makes it remarkably clear and appealing. Gum Slough and Gum Springs Run are located adjacent to the property and were designated Outstanding Florida Waters in 1989. Nearby Recreation Lands • • • • • • Flying Eagle Preserve Hálpata Tastanaki Preserve Lake Panasoffkee Potts Preserve Two Mile Prairie Withlacoochee State Forest Access and Parking • Travel west on SR 44 approximately 7 miles to CR 247. the riverine shores along the property are still natural and undeveloped. • Use only marked trails. The Withlacoochee River. These ownerships combined represent 9.480 acres — Half Moon Wildlife Management Area Equestrian Use • 24 miles of marked or designated multiuse trails. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) owns property along the eastern boundary of the District’s property.480 acres of public lands known as the Half Moon Wildlife Management Area. Hunting • Contact FWC for information regarding license requirements and permits.

Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands Ap op ka La ke 470 44 an ch 247 Rd . pond forest wetland/swamp access point & parking SUMTER CO. CO W i a thl oc co hee Ri er v Ha Ts ala lf M oo nR Legend highway. To Wildwood To ern Inv ess Flying Eagle Preserve 0 1 2 scale in miles Half Moon-Gum Slough General Location 71 . major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river. Gu m Slo ug h Half Moon Wildlife Management Area 581 Potts Preserve S RU CIT .SU C ER MT O. stream lake.

Equestrian Use • Two of three recreational trail loops designated for preserve are intended to serve as a multiuse system for equestrians. Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. Picnic Facilities • Located at Pruitt Trailhead. bicyclists and hikers. FL 34431 Restrooms and Water Portable toilets available at Pruitt Trailhead parking area. 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211. Southwest Florida Water Management District. • Pruitt trailhead accessible from CR 484 entrance. isolated wetland systems and extensive upland areas with high rates of aquifer recharge. the property supported a rich historical past. Fishing • Bank fishing on Withlacoochee River. Hiking • Trail system provides a series of three loop trails that allow hikers to tailor their hike to their personal preference.000 warriors. The preserve is named after Seminole leader Hálpata Tastanaki (Chief Alligator) who. Jumper and approximately 1. Nearby Recreation Lands • Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway • Ross Prairie State Forest • Two Mile Prairie Limited Access Areas Public access to sensitive areas such as restoration and archaeological sites. east of Dunnellon About the Property A variety of plant communities occur on the property and includes floodplain swamp and oak scrub along the Withlacoochee River and longleaf pine turkey oak sandhills occurring in upland areas. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. Size 8. • ADA access and facilities available. ext. took part in the largest battle of the Second Seminole Indian War in 1836. • Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test. For More Information Land Resources Department. In addition to natural resources. established shortly after the conclusion of the Second Seminole Indian War. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for license requirements. Public ownership of the property provides for the long-term protection and enhancement of floodplain forests along the Withlacoochee River. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 72 . Recreational Opportunities Bicycling • 17 miles of marked multiuse trails.146 acres Location Southwest Marion County. No water available. • Use only marked trails. • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets.Hálpata Tastanaki Preserve 15430 SW CR 484 Dunnellon. special protection zones for endangered species and species recovery facilities are restricted. Recovering stands of oak scrub scattered amid the sandhill support the threatened Florida scrub-jay. Included within the property is the site of the community of Stockton. along with Osceola. • Riders are required to stay on marked trails. 4470 Access and Parking • Public access off CR 484 at northern property boundary and along SR 200 on eastern property boundary.

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Nearby Recreation Lands • Lake June-In-Winter Scrub State Park • Lake Wales Ridge Wildlife and Environmental Area For More Information Land Resources Department. • Hines Way — walk-thru with no parking. Cutthroat grass seep communities are also endangered and are restricted almost exclusively to Polk and Highlands counties.286 acres Location Highlands County. and ultimately into Lake Istokpoga. then into Josephine. This rare community provides habitat for one of the densest concentrations of endangered communities in the world. cutthroat grass seeps. Southwest Florida Water Management District. sweet bay and red maple trees. 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211. Recreational Opportunities Hiking • 7 miles of unmarked interior roads. Josephine Creek runs along the northern boundary of the property and intersects with Jack Creek. The adjoining upland scrub areas will remain free from development and continue to retain natural water recharge characteristics. Josephine and Jack creeks and their surrounding swamps serve as the outlet for surface runoff from the Lake Placid West Chainof-Lakes watershed. sand pine scrub. 4470 Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 74 . hardwood hammock and pine flatwoods. The Jack Creek tract is significant because it protects a large stand of Lake Wales Ridge scrub. FL 33875 Size 1. These habitats are rich in natural beauty.Jack Creek 4501 Grand Concourse Road Sebring. ext. Two key features of the property are Josephine and Jack creeks. The bay swamp habitat dominates the property with abundant red bay. Restrooms and Water No restrooms or water available. Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. About the Property The unique habitat found on this property includes bay swamp. south of Sebring Public ownership of the property helps to preserve the floodwater conveyance characteristics of Jack and Josephine creeks and associated swamplands. Access and Parking • Northern Boulevard — walk-thru with no parking. Overflow discharge from this watershed travels into Jack Creek. which runs along the eastern boundary.

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Access and Parking
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Hours of Operation
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Northeastern Polk County, north of Haines City

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About the Property
The 8,083-acre Lake Marion Creek Management Area is located on the Polk-Osceola county line east of Haines City off CR 580. Polk County, South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) and the District acquired the lands within the area, which protect important headwater areas of Lake Marion and Reedy creeks. Water from these creeks is an important source of fresh water for the Kissimmee River, the Everglades and Florida Bay. The District has acquired approximately 300 acres within the Lake Marion area that are within its jurisdictional boundaries. The SFWMD manages the area. Pine flatwoods, cypress swamps, hardwood swamps, oak hammock, scrubs and freshwater marshes are the dominant natural communities. Approximately 50 percent of the area is wetlands, most of which are in the 100-year floodplain of the Lake Marion, Snell and London creeks.

Recreational Opportunities
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Nearby Recreation Lands
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some trails are excessively wet during certain times of year. For more information. first-served basis. Pavilion may be reserved at no cost for group use by contacting the District. • ADA access and facilities available. • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets. west of Wildwood About the Property Acquired to preserve Lake Panasoffkee’s vast floodplain forest. Users responsible for cleaning stalls. • Contact FWC for license requirements. • Riders are required to stay on marked trails. Restrooms and Water Restrooms adjacent to picnic pavilion. visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) web site at MyFWC. • Use only marked trails. 4470 Bird Watching • Site 54 on western section of Great Florida Birding Trail. As the land continues to rise. requires a free reservation. Camping • Separate sites available for equestrian. FL 34785 • A free reservation is required and must be displayed on dashboard at campground.com. fire rings and/or grills.911 acres Location West-central Sumter County. • Eight horse stalls with water. • Open to public access year-round except during special opportunity archery and turkey seasons. • Prepare for wet hiking. Hunting • Contact FWC for information regarding license requirements and permits. • Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test. • Horse-drawn buggy riding only on marked trails. Size 9. 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211. Hiking • 18 miles of multiuse trails. Access and Parking • South side of SR 44. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. Picnic Facilities • Large pavilion with picnic tables and grills in day-use area. Nonpotable water available.Lake Panasoffkee 7519 NW 18th Way Wildwood. two miles west of I-75. For More Information Land Resources Department. free to campers on first-come. A comprehensive restoration effort of Lake Panasoffkee has been completed to enhance both the water quality of the lake and recreational opportunities. Equestrian Use • 18 miles of multiuse trails marked for horseback riding. freshwater marshes and oak scrub forest. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 78 . ext. • Restroom facilities available. • Lake Panasoffkee inaccessible from property due to thick marsh vegetation. Hours of Operation • Daily from sunrise to sunset. pines and scrub oaks of upland sandhills replace the wetland forest trees. Nearby Recreation Lands • • • • • Flying Eagle Preserve Half Moon-Gum Slough Half Moon Wildlife Management Area Jumper Creek Wildlife Management Area Panasoffkee Outlet Recreational Opportunities Bicycling • Eight miles of marked trails. • Contact FWC for more information. Fishing • Little Jones Creek and two borrow pits on eastern side of property. • FWC rules and regulations must be observed throughout the year. group and primitive camping. the land also preserves pine flatwoods. Southwest Florida Water Management District. • Sites have picnic tables. • Nonpotable water source available.

RU CO T CI ER T M SU ochee Riv er Panasoffkee Outlet Tract iver et R Outl Lake Panasoffkee Lake Panasoffkee Legend highway.75 Exit 329 Creek Jonesrail T E P G 44A To Inverness 44 470 Lo Li op Trai l J ttle on es e Cr ek ek es Cre Big Jon ow Pit Tr Bo rr ail lor id F a’s Tu rnpik e 44 Wildwood 301 Jon es Cre ek Withlacoochee State Forest Jumper Creek Wildlife Management Area 75 0 Exit 321 1 Shady Brook Withlaco Tra il so na Pa ke La O. SC . pond forest wetland/swamp city boundary General Location E E G P Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands e ffke Coleman Landing Future County Park access point parking equestrian camping group camping primitive camping bridge disabled access toilet Coleman 301 2 scale in miles SUMTER CO. stream lake. major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river. 79 .

Picnic Facilities • Single-table picnic shelters at Canal Park with ADA facilities. Water and Other Amenities Restrooms. FL 34677 Size 185 acres Location Northeastern Pinellas County. to 11 p. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for license requirements. batting cages. football/soccer fields. this park offers a beautiful view of plant and animal life. BMX track and playground. restrooms and baseball/softball fields. a playground. Harbor Palms Nature Park 1820 Mapleleaf Boulevard A 35-acre park bordering the Lake Tarpon Outfall Canal and the northernmost tip of Tampa Bay. Limited Access Areas For your safety.Lake Tarpon Outfall Canal 3120 Tampa Road Oldsmar. please observe all restricted areas along canal. The District donated 46 acres to the city of Oldsmar for the development of public recreational facilities and leased an additional 75 acres to enable the city to expand passive recreation to part of Canal Park. The park features softball and baseball fields. • BMX track located in Canal Park. nature trail and a boardwalk. two basketball courts. Contact City of Oldsmar Leisure Services Department for hours and rules. the Oldsmar Falcons youth football and cheerleading program and the Oldsmar youth soccer program. drink machines and pay telephones at Canal Park. Recreational Opportunities Canal Park 3120 Tampa Road This sprawling 46-acre. Park For More Information City of Oldsmar Leisure Services Department. north of Safety Harbor About the Property The canal and its water-control structure were completed in 1971 to help regulate flooding around Lake Tarpon and the lower sections of Brooker Creek. Popular with walking enthusiasts. state-of-the-art sports complex is home to Oldsmar Little League baseball and softball programs. including water-control structure. Public boat ramps located at Anderson and John Chesnut Sr. • ADA access and facilities available. • Access south of water-control structure in saltwater portion of canal is from Safety Harbor. Boating and Paddling • Access north of water-control structure in the freshwater portion of canal is via Lake Tarpon. county parks. three picnic shelters. boardwalk. Access to canal from adjacent land is very limited due to development. Nearby Recreation Lands • Anderson Park • John Chesnut Sr. Bicycling • Allowed on paved park road. (813) 749-1260 Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 80 . It is also the home of the Oldsmar Leisure Services men’s and coed softball leagues. Access and Parking • Vehicles use Tampa Road (CR 584) to Canal Park. water. With entrances from both Harbor Palms and Bayside Meadows subdivisions. The structure prevents salt water from entering Lake Tarpon during high tides and protects the lake’s freshwater ecology. this park features a floating fishing dock. Hours of Operation Daily from 7 a. Sheffield Park 1923 Cutty Bay Court A newly renovated 12-acre neighborhood park located on the western edge of Harbor Palms Nature Park that features two tennis courts. Restrooms. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. Fishing • Boat fishing available in canal upstream and downstream of water-control structure. • Primary access to canal is by boat from Lake Tarpon or Safety Harbor. Hiking • Unmarked trails available along canal.m.m.

5 scale in miles Lake Tarpon Outfall Canal Legend highway. 584 Clearwater Ea st La ke Wo o dl a nd sP 611 McMullen Booth Rd. Tam p a Rd . Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands ke La n po Tar Ou tfa ll C an al Oldsmar Safety Harbor General Location 81 .752 Canal Park 586 Curlew Rd. kw y.25 0. Sheffield Park Harbor Palms Nature Park 0 0. pond forest wetland/swamp city boundary walk-thru access point water-control structure security officer residence picnic area restroom baseball complex soccer/football field playground PINELLAS CO. stream lake. major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river.

Nearby Recreation Lands • • • • Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center Cockroach Creek Greenway Nature Preserve Little Manatee River State Park E. Simmons County Park For More Information Hillsborough County Parks. a major tributary of Tampa Bay. Fishing • All water bodies open for fishing. Restrooms and Water No restrooms or water available. southeast of Ruskin. no parking. The river is the third largest in Hillsborough County and has a dominating influence on the surrounding area. this property is significant to the protection of the Little Manatee River. and is designated an Outstanding Florida Water. six miles of river shoreline have been preserved to its natural state. G. The uplands include pine flatwoods. Size 1. sand pine scrub. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for license requirements. (813) 672-7876 Access and Parking Access from river only.372 acres Location Southwestern Hillsborough County. dry prairie. including the intertidal wetlands of the Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve. About the Property Jointly purchased by the District and Hillsborough County. Together with the Little Manatee River State Park. • No water or other facilities available. The lands purchased thus far contain some of the most pristine river frontage remaining in Hillsborough County. east of Sun City Camping • Two backcountry campsites along river — letter of authorization needed for camping from the Hillsborough County Parks. The property includes undeveloped uplands and wetlands associated with the Little Manatee River system. and coastal hammocks on numerous riverine islands. Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. The riverine areas range from estuarine to freshwater systems. • Limited campsite maintenance due to fluctuating water levels. unless posted closed. Conservation of the lands protects the river and its floodplain and wildlife habitat for future generations. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 82 .Little Manatee River Lower Tract River Access Only Recreational Opportunities Boating and Paddling • Boaters can view and access property by using nearby boat ramp at Little Manatee River State Park or the canoe launch at the Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center. mixed hardwood and pine forest areas. Expect conditions to be somewhat overgrown following periods of high water. Recreation and Conservation Department. • Pack out all supplies. Recreation and Conservation Department. trash and equipment that were packed in.

pond forest wetland/swamp B backcountry camping HILLSBOROUGH CO.Ruskin Little Mana tee Rive r Hayes Bayou 75 B Bolster Bayou B Little Manatee River State Park 0 0. General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 83 .5 1 scale in miles Little Manatee River Lower Tract Legend highway. major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river. stream lake.

the site was converted into rangeland for raising cattle. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 84 . 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211. FL 33834 Recreational Opportunities Hiking • Available on interior roads. The reintroduction of fire helps maintain the habitat. Nearby Recreation Lands • Lake Manatee State Park • Little Manatee River State Park • Manatee County’s Duette Park Size 970 acres Location Northeastern Manatee County. Southwest Florida Water Management District. The primary natural communities on the tract are pine flatwoods in the uplands and bottomland hardwood forests. this property protects the watershed of the river. ext.Little Manatee River Southfork Tract 29400 SR 62 Duette. Restrooms and Water No restrooms or water available. Prior to District ownership. Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. like many areas in central Florida. 4470 About the Property As part of the District’s Little Manatee River project. The high-quality scrub and scrubby flatwoods habitats have been restored for native species. Access and Parking Entrance approximately 12 miles east of Parrish off SR 62 on north side of road. east of Parrish For More Information Land Resources Department.

5 1 scale in miles Little Manatee River Southfork Tract Legend highway. pond forest wetland/swamps access & parking MANATEE CO. General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 85 .Moo dy Bra nch So uth For k Little Manatee River To Parr ish 62 0 Ba ker Br an ch 0. stream lake. major road minor roads designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river.

this property is managed by the Hillsborough County Parks. Restrooms and Water No restrooms or water available.Little Manatee River Upper Tract 3398 CR 579 Wimauma. parking on road shoulder. (813) 672-7876 Access and Parking • Primary access is walk-thru gates on CR 579. • Additional access provided through walk-thru gates on perimeter of property. The natural communities on the property include freshwater marshes. Recreation and Conservation Department. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 86 . which makes it exceptionally popular for paddling when water conditions are right. south of SR 674 and Saffold Road. Nearby Recreation Lands • Balm-Boyette Scrub Nature Preserve • Cockroach Creek Greenway Nature Preserve • Little Manatee River State Park For More Information Hillsborough County Parks. Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. riverine floodplains. Location Southern Hillsborough County. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for license requirements. About the Property Acquired jointly between the District and Hillsborough County. Recreation and Conservation Department. The property supports a variety of wildlife species due to the diversity and quality of the natural communities. south of Wimauma. unless posted closed. Size 4.364 acres Hiking • Network of old trail roads available. FL 33598 Recreational Opportunities Fishing • All water bodies open for fishing. pine flatwoods. sand pine scrub and oak hammocks. southeast of Ruskin Paddling • Little Manatee River has a striking beauty.

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Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve
The Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve (LHWP) is the largest regional park in Hillsborough County. Within the LHWP are park sites managed by the Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department: Dead River Park, Flatwoods Park, John B. Sargeant Park, Morris Bridge Park, Off-Road Loop Trail and Trout Creek Park. The District manages the following recreation sites in the LHWP that have minimal recreational facilities: Jefferson Equestrian Area and Oak Ridge Equestrian Area. (See following pages for individual property descriptions on these parks and recreation sites.)

Size
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Location
Northeast of Tampa, east of I-75 and north of US 301

About the Property
The multiple purposes of the LHWP are easily overlooked while enjoying the natural beauty of this suburban woodland. Here one can paddle enchanting waters of the Hillsborough River amongst wading birds, turtles, alligators, lilies and cypress swamps; explore over 60 miles of forest trails; fish from riverside boardwalks; or enjoy a relaxing picnic or cookout. As important as this site has become to the Tampa Bay area in providing healthful recreation, its primary purpose is water storage and water supply. Following severe floods from Hurricane Donna in 1960, the Four River Basins, Florida Project was initiated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to prevent flooding in Tampa and Temple Terrace. The LHWP was designed for temporary impoundment of floodwaters by constructing a levee on its western boundary, a dam on the Hillsborough River and the Tampa Bypass Canal to reroute floodwaters. A structural reservoir was part of the original plan but was later abandoned as the value of natural wetlands for flood storage came to be understood. In the 1970s, the Morris Bridge well field was developed as a source of drinking water for the city of Tampa. Tampa Bay Water manages 20 wells that pump water from the Floridan aquifer system. A water treatment plant is located west of the well field and the levee.

Natural resource conservation is another important purpose of the LHWP. The area’s outstanding natural feature is 13 miles of the Hillsborough River, one-fourth the river’s length. Land cover consists mostly of riverine forest and pine flatwoods, which are managed by the District to promote biodiversity. The forested wetlands are essential for filtering rainwater before it flows into the river and for storing floodwaters. Significant ecological features include a wood stork rookery, a sawgrass marsh, a sphagnum bog and two sinkholes. Hillsborough County school children learn about the environment at Nature’s Classroom Environmental Education Center located within LHWP. The 320-acre site is managed by the Hillsborough County School Board and was developed in conjunction with the District. Adjoining the LHWP is the 3,000-acre Hillsborough River State Park, which contains an area of primeval beauty and tranquility known as the Seventeen Runs of the Hillsborough River. Access to this broad hardwood swamp is very difficult whether by foot or boat. A primitive canoe trail has been marked, but obstacles may be frequent. Human occupation of the area has had a long history. Past generations of Native Americans took advantage of flint along area rivers to make tools. American industrialists began harvesting pine, cypress and hardwood trees on the property in the 1840s. Elevated tram roads, built to haul timber through forested wetlands, now serve as recreational trails. The Old Fort King Trail was a supply route from Tampa to Ocala used to support U.S. troops during the Seminole wars and was later used during the Civil War. A portion of this historic route is a multiuse trail that connects the LHWP to the Hillsborough River State Park. The trailhead is located in John B. Sargeant Park.

Access and Parking
See following individual property description pages for access information.

Nearby Recreation Lands
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Bicycles allowed on river trail. Dead River Park (See Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve for more information. • 2-mile natural surface river trail. Drive about 8 miles and look for Dead River Road on left. but donations to “iron ranger” appreciated. • A 0.) 15098 Dead River Road Thonotosassa. From I-75 exit at Fowler Avenue.m. to 5:30 p. Paddling • Canoe launch is a short portage from parking area. • ADA access and facilities available. Deadfall obstacles are frequent. (813) 987-6210 • Hillsborough County Parks. travel east for 1. • Contact FWC for license requirements. • Free admission. Office of Greenways & Trails.Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve Bird Watching • Site 104 on western section of Great Florida Birding Trail.25-mile hiking trail for use by campers located adjacent to campground. Fishing • Available on Hillsborough River. • Visitors may drive scenic entrance road to main parking area during normal operating hours on Friday. For More Information • Hillsborough County’s Dead River Wilderness Park. Hours of Operation • Daily from 9 a. • Hillsborough River State Park located further upstream. If open. for bicycle and pedestrian access. Follow this road 0. Dogs • Dogs must be on a leash no more than six feet in length. dry ground for rest breaks is hard to find and the many forking channels can easily disorient paddlers. Minimum of 6 and maximum of 30 campers allowed. All donations go toward park improvements. Do not skid. FL 33592 Camping • Campsite available to youth groups by reservation only. Hiking • 2-mile entrance road. This portion of Hillsborough River State Canoe Trail is designated as a primitive trail. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for more information. Access and Parking • About nine miles northeast of I-75. Groups must have their own insurance. water fountain and telephone located by picnic area.m. • Vehicle access allowed on Friday. Experienced paddlers only. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 90 . • Bathhouse and picnic facilities provided. 1-877822-5208 (toll-free) or (850) 245-2052 Recreational Opportunities Bicycling • • • • • 2-mile unpaved. Pay close attention to flow of river and look for trail markers. • Downstream is Seventeen Runs. Always yield to foot travelers. Recreation and Conservation Department. Nature lovers appreciate a scenic twomile trail alongside the Hillsborough River. Restrooms and Water Restroom. • Disabled individuals may contact park in advance for special vehicle access. Size 21 acres About the Property Situated at the confluence of Dead River and the Hillsborough River. • Owners are requested to pick up after dog. Saturday and Sunday. Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. Turn left onto US 301. (813) 672-7876 • Hillsborough River Canoe Trail maps available from Florida Department of Environmental Protection. this park is a pleasant place to unwind. elevated single-lane road. heading north. drive to parking lot at end of road — about 2 miles. • Canoe landing upstream one mile at old Reagan home site.75 miles to a gate.5 miles. Saturday and Sunday. Picnic Facilities • Picnic tables located a short walk from parking area.

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• ADA access and facilities available. Use caution at blind corners and make your presence known. easy walks. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. Do not skid. Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. • Free admission. Four rest shelters with water coolers and paper cups interspersed along loop road. cold drinks. which serves as a multiuse trail. • Cross-country runners and hikers enjoy Wilderness loop off-road trail and woods service roads in park. Downs Boulevard (CR 581) entrance 1 mile northeast of I-75. Avoid muddy trails. Downs Boulevard with the loop road. All donations go toward park improvements. Access and Parking • Main entrance about 5 miles northeast of I-75 on Morris Bridge Road (CR 579) at Flatwoods Park Trail. • Off-road cyclists enjoy Wilderness Loop Trail (see Off-Road Loop Trail). Size 5. A two-mile paved extension connects Bruce B. • Long-distance runners and triathletes train on loop road. • Owners are requested to pick up after dog. • Bruce B. When stopping. pay telephone.) 14302 Morris Bridge Road Thonotosassa. and well houses can be observed along the trail. Downs Boulevard entrance. Downs Boulevard to north end of loop road. Flatwoods Park provides a welcome getaway from Tampa’s developed landscape. Restrooms at Bruce B. water. Hiking • Dogs and their owners favor 1-mile segment of Levee Road from Bruce B. bike wash and picnic tables at Flatwoods Visitor Center.400 acres About the Property Best known for its seven-mile paved loop road. Flatwoods Park (See Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve for more information. Beware of fast-moving bicycles. Warn others when passing from behind. move completely off trail.5 miles inside entrance. For More Information • Hillsborough County’s Flatwoods Park. (813) 672-7876 Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 92 . Water and Other Amenities Restrooms. Picnic Facilities • Picnic shelters. The Morris Bridge well field is located within the park. • Personal vehicles allowed in park at designated points.5 miles further west where the loop trail begins. Flatwoods Park Trail is a paved 1-mile connection between Morris Bridge Road and the loop road. Pack out litter. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for more information. Restrooms. but donations to “iron ranger” appreciated. FL 33592 Recreational Opportunities Bicycling and Inline Skating • Loop road gives bicyclists a woods experience. Bird Watching • Site 102 on western section of Great Florida Birding Trail. • Use proper trail etiquette on and off pavement. Flatwoods Visitor Center located 0. • Beware of pronounced lip on loop road shoulder and use extreme care when entering or exiting pavement. • Nature trails are short. Additional parking available 0. (813) 987-6211 • Hillsborough County Parks.Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve Dogs • Dogs must be on a leash no more than six feet in length. grills and tables available at several well houses. Recreation and Conservation Department.

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) 11891 Jefferson Road Thonotosassa. • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 94 . 4470 Limited Access Areas Horses must remain south of Cow House Creek to avoid eroding the creek bed and entering the Morris Bridge bicycle area. ext. • For safety and erosion control. turn north onto Jefferson Road (immediately east of Tampa Bypass Canal). The trail roughly parallels Cow House Creek. do not ride on canal bank or berm. FL 33592 Restrooms and Water No restrooms or water available. Interestingly. travel one block to entrance gate. Size 1. • Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test. Southwest Florida Water Management District.500 acres About the Property Located in the southwest corner of the Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve. the Jefferson Equestrian Area is surrounded by urban development.Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset unless closed due to high water. Hiking • 10 miles of multiuse trails. a tributary of the Hillsborough River. Jefferson Equestrian Area (See Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve for more information. depending on water levels in the Hillsborough River and the Tampa Bypass Canal. 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211. water in this creek can flow east or west.25 miles east of I-75 on Fowler Avenue. and offers canopied riding for local horse enthusiasts. Observe posted signs. Recreational Opportunities Equestrian Use • 10 miles of marked trails. Access and Parking Travel approximately 0. For More Information Land Resources Department. • Riders are required to stay on marked trails.

Morris Bridge Park Hills oug bor h Riv er 579 Morris Bridge Rd. General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 95 . To I-75 582 Ha rne yR d.5 1 scale in miles Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve Jefferson Equestrian Area Legend highway. Hillsborough River Off-Road Loop Trail Tam pa Bypass Canal Cow Ho use Cree k Thonotosassa Jefferson Rd. 0 0. stream lake. 301 Fowler Ave. pond forest wetland/swamp access point & parking HILLSBOROUGH CO. major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river.

Old Fort King Trail • 6. Sr. This portion of Hillsborough River State Canoe Trail designated as a primitive trail. • Owners are requested to pick up after dog. Size 23 acres About the Property The confluence of Flint Creek and the Hillsborough River provides a beautiful setting for John B. • Contact FWC for license requirements. who served as a member of the Hillsborough River Basin Board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Sargeant Park. (813) 987-6208 • Hillsborough River Canoe Trail maps available from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. • Experienced paddlers ready for a challenge will enjoy remote wilderness of Seventeen Runs.. Be prepared for carryovers and duck-unders. Picnic Facilities • Picnic tables and a covered pavilion provided. From the canoe launch. Turn left onto US 301 and head north about 3 miles. follow feeder creek and continue straight across open water to upriver portion of Hillsborough River. Sargeant. Fishing • From boats on river or from fishing dock at end of boardwalk trail. • Call for current hours. Downriver. From this overlook one can see Flint Creek flowing in from the east.) 12702 US 301 Thonotosassa. (813) 672-7876 Dogs • Dogs must be on a leash no more than six feet in length. For More Information • John B. All donations go toward park improvements. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 96 .7-mile trail from John B. Restrooms. Flint Creek Park was renamed in memory of John B. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for more information. verdant jungle of hardwood trees. water fountain and pay telephone located in park. Sargeant Park trailhead to Model Dairy trailhead at Hillsborough River State Park. Sargeant Park.5 miles. the Hillsborough River straight across on its way out of Seventeen Runs and the merging of the two flowing off to the west. • ADA access and facilities available. the river widens to flow through the broad hardwood swamp known as the Seventeen Runs. the Hillsborough River State Canoe Trail is a winding. Pay close attention to flow of river and look for trail markers — it is easy to become disoriented among the many channels. Park entrance on left. FL 33592 Boating and Paddling • Boat ramp. Upstream. Recreation and Conservation Department. Access and Parking • On north side of US 301 about 5 miles east of I-75. canoe launch and trailer parking provided. lilies and birds. • 2-hour trip downriver to Morris Bridge Park. Sargeant Park (See Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve for more information. 1-877822-5208 (toll free) or (850) 245-2052 • Hillsborough County Parks. but donations to “iron ranger” appreciated. Water and Other Amenities Restroom. Office of Greenways and Trails. In 1989. Hours of Operation • Daily from sunrise to sunset. The park is best known for boating access to the river. Hiking • Quarter-mile boardwalk takes visitors through a wetland forest to a rest area on river. John B. • Free admission.Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve Recreational Opportunities Bird Watching • Site 103 on western section of Great Florida Birding Trail. • 4-hour trip downstream to Trout Creek Park. boat dock. From I-75 exit onto Fowler Avenue and head east for 1.

-7 To I 5 Old Fort King Trail Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve John B.Rive r Hillsborough Flint Creek Fort King Highway 301 Stacey Rd. stream lake. parking visitor center picnic area disabled access toilet boat ramp canoe launch boardwalk/dock General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 97 . pond forest wetland/swamp access point HILLSBOROUGH CO. major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river. Sargeant Park Legend highway.

Access and Parking • 3.75-mile shell trail along an old tram road. including two covered shelters. a 0. • Trail runners and hikers enjoy the Wilderness Loop Trail (see Off-Road Loop Trail property description). a 0. fish. turtles. water fountain.Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve Boating and Paddling • Boat ramp. All donations go toward park improvements. Size 106 acres About the Property Alligators.) 13330 Morris Bridge Road Thonotosassa. • Owners are requested to pick up after dog. Parking available on both sides of the road. Morris Bridge Park (See Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve for more information. Restrooms. canoe launch. Beware of slippery boards.25-mile boardwalk circumnavigates an island in Hillsborough River. 1-877822-5208 (toll free) or (850) 245-2052 • Hillsborough County Parks. the park is best known for its river fishing. Bird Watching • Site 101 on western section of Great Florida Birding Trail. hawks and wading birds are commonly seen on this property. frogs. • Primitive fishing trail runs south of park along river. boat dock and trailer parking on north side of park. Picnic Facilities • Picnic tables and pavilion on south side of park. For More Information • Morris Bridge Park. • Park is subject to closure during high water. Dogs • Dogs must be on a leash no more than six feet in length. From I-75 exit at Fletcher Avenue. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for more information. FL 33592 Fishing • Fishing docks on each side of park. • This section of the Hillsborough River State Canoe Trail immerses one in a native habitat rich with wildlife and large bald cypress trees. • Free admission. • ADA access and facilities available. water snakes. Located on the Hillsborough River. but donations to “iron ranger” appreciated. • On north side. (813) 987-6209 • Hillsborough River Canoe Trail maps available from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Office of Greenways and Trails. pay telephone and bike wash on north side of park. • Boardwalk under Morris Bridge Road along Hillsborough River connects two sides of park and provides access for fishing. Hiking • On south side. Hours of Operation • Open daily from sunrise to sunset. Water and Other Amenities Restroom. • Fishing available from boardwalk on north side of park.5 miles northeast of I-75 on Morris Bridge Road (CR 579). Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 98 . Rest shelter provided at halfway point on trail. • Primitive trail heading south along river winds through a forest to gazebo. • Contact FWC for license requirements. Morris Bridge Road bisects the park. Recreation and Conservation Department. (813) 672-7876 Recreational Opportunities Bicycling • Off-road cyclists enjoy the Wilderness Loop Trail (see Off-Road Loop Trail property description).

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000 acres Equestrian Use • 18 miles of trails • Riders are required to stay on marked trails. About the Property The northeast corner of this property is the site of the Oak Ridge Equestrian Area. • ADA access and facilities available. this region of Hillsborough County is transitioning to suburban subdivisions. • Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test. ext. • Horse-drawn buggy riding only on marked trails. Southwest Florida Water Management District. 0. • A portable toilet and nonpotable water source available. While still rural. • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets. fire rings and/or grills. Hiking • 18 miles of multiuse trails. • Vehicle access to southern portion of trail is through Washburn gate. Free day-use reservation required.) 15847 Morris Bridge Road Thonotosassa. 4470 Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset unless closed due to high water. The trail is shaded within a forested wetland and open through pine flatwoods.4 miles north of Branchton Park. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 100 . Restrooms and Water Portable toilets and nonpotable water available at Oak Ridge campsite and Washburn parking area. group and primitive camping available. For More Information Land Resources Department. Road marked with painted crossing stripes at driveway. • A free reservation is required and must be displayed on dashboard at campground. 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211. FL 33592 Size 1. Access and Parking • Primary access point about 7 miles northeast of I-75 on Morris Bridge Road (CR 579). Oak Ridge Equestrian Area (See Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve for more information.Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve Recreational Opportunities Camping • Equestrian. • Sites have picnic tables. requires a free reservation.

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bicycles must remain north of Cow House Creek to avoid eroding creek bed and entering Jefferson Equestrian Area. Use extra caution when approaching blind corners. The main trail is marked with wooden posts numbered 1 to 47. Habitats along the trail vary from cypress swamp. Accessible from Morris Bridge Road are Trout Creek Park. code 0. Dogs • Dogs must be on a leash no more than six feet in length. Trails may also be closed for maintenance or restoration. Hiking • Watch for uneven terrain and exposed roots. • Use proper trail etiquette on and off pavement. pine flatwoods.500 acres About the Property This popular single-track woods trail has a natural surface and shady canopy. Do not skid. The other entrance is on Bruce B. Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. Observe posted signs. Navigation Trail maps are available at kiosks in parking areas or by calling the Hillsborough County Parks. Parks are subject to closure when the area impounds water. leave no trace. Water and Other Amenities Restrooms are not available on this property. Observe posted signs. Always yield the trail to pedestrians. • Beware of fast-moving bicycles. dry prairie. Morris Bridge Park and Flatwoods Park. bike washes and pay phones are available at Trout Creek. the Hole-in-the-Fence trailhead. The 20-mile main trail and 15 miles of side trails traverse the Trout Creek. • Five major access points offer parking. Morris Bridge and Flatwoods areas. Recreation and Conservation Department. • Watch for hikers and runners. Morris Bridge Park and various locations in Flatwoods Park. for visitors carrying hand-held radios who need emergency help. Warn others when passing from behind. Make encounters with others pleasant. Recreational Opportunities Bicycling • Riders required to stay on marked trails. Use caution at blind corners and make your presence known. Stewards are identified by numbered placards on the front of their bikes. (813) 987-6211 • Hillsborough County Parks. upland hardwood hammocks. Downs Boulevard. • Rules of the trail: ride on open trails only. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. however. never scare animals and plan ahead. (813) 672-7876 Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 102 . Numbered locations are indicated on the map. Avoid muddy trails. FL 33592 Size 1. • Owners are requested to pick up after dog. Hole-in-the-Fence trailhead. Restrooms. Picnic Facilities • Picnic tables available at Trout Creek Park. rangers and stewards monitor FRS radio channel 1. Limited Access Areas • In Morris Bridge Bicycle Area. but donations to “iron ranger” appreciated. oak scrub. Morris Bridge and Flatwoods parks. wet prairie and lakes. move completely off trail. Recreation and Conservation Department. When stopping. locate a park ranger or a volunteer trail steward. south of New Tampa. always yield the trail. the dam on the Hillsborough River at Trout Creek Park is occasionally shut. water fountains. On weekends. Help If you need assistance on-site. • Free admission. control your bicycle. Off-Road Loop Trail (See Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve for more information. All donations go toward park improvements. • Because this is a flood detention area. For More Information • Flatwoods Park. • Some trails are seasonal and subject to temporary closure during rainy season.) 14302 Morris Bridge Road Thonotosassa. hardwood floodplain forest.Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve Access and Parking • The Wilderness Loop Trail is located east of I-75.

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At the end of the trail. head northeast on Morris Bridge Road for 0. paddle upstream for a short distance to the opening. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 104 . Access and Parking • From I-75 exit at Fletcher Avenue. development of a small housing subdivision had begun on the north side of the river.) 12550 Morris Bridge Road Thonotosassa. • Contact FWC for license requirements. and on banks of lakes. 1-877822-5208 (toll free) or (850) 245-2052 • Hillsborough County Parks. Water is usually not high enough to navigate far. (813) 987-6200 • Hillsborough River Canoe Trail maps available from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Beware of uneven terrain. Prior to District acquisition. canoeing and group picnics. Concrete foundations and other artifacts remain for the astute observer. bike wash and recycling container. • Cross-country runners and hikers enjoy Wilderness Loop Trail (see Off-Road Loop Trail property description). • ADA access and facilities available. this property on the Hillsborough River is popular for fishing. • Fishing trails around lakes. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. but donations to “iron ranger” appreciated. Hiking • Nature trail is a short. • Owners are requested to pick up after dog. by boat on Hillsborough River or Trout Creek. pay telephone. • Canoe launch has separate parking. The lakes east of the entrance road are all man-made. • Free admission. Trout Creek Park (See Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve for more information. or mitigation for road work that impacted wetlands. Size 42 acres About the Property Located near the mouth of Trout Creek. Dogs • Dogs must be on a leash no more than six feet in length.5 miles. • Watch for bicycles on road. • To get to Trout Creek. FL 33592 Bird Watching • Site 100 on western section of Great Florida Birding Trail.S. Restrooms. Recreation and Conservation Department. Follow road 1 mile to parking area. along riverbank. Office of Greenways and Trails. (813) 672-7876 Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. For More Information • Trout Creek Park. either the result of borrow pits where fill dirt was removed to help build the levee and park facilities. The District operates an adjacent water-control structure on the Hillsborough River under agreement with the U. It is a pleasant place to get away for a midday break or to take small children for a mini-adventure. • Pavilions may be reserved in advance for a fee.Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve Recreational Opportunities Bicycling • Off-road cyclists enjoy Wilderness Loop Trail (see Off-Road Loop Trail property description). All donations go toward park improvements. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for more information. a primitive trail loops back through floodplain forest to parking area. Boating and Paddling • Canoe launch provides access to Hillsborough River State Canoe Trail. Picnic Facilities • Picnic tables and three pavilions with grills and electricity provided. easy walk on a firm surface suitable for families and strollers. Look for park entrance on left. water fountain. Army Corps of Engineers. Beware of fast-moving bicycles. Water and Other Amenities Restroom. Fishing • From river boardwalk.

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Jr. A portion of the tract was utilized for cattle grazing and is being restored to a more natural condition through the reintroduction of fire on a periodic basis. proceeding east on Border Road to South Moon Drive. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 106 . Picnic Facilities • Limited picnic tables available. west of the City of North Port About the Property Deer Prairie Creek Preserve was jointly acquired by the District and Sarasota County and lies between I-75 and US 41. Reintroduction of fire will stimulate the growth of the flatwoods species that require fire as part of their life cycle. • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets. and wetland hardwoods. following Jacaranda Boulevard to the north to Border Road. FL 34285 Recreational Opportunities Bicycling • 75 miles of unpaved trails available. Memorial Reserve • Sleeping Turtles Preserve — North For More Information Sarasota County Natural Resources Department. Location South-central Sarasota County. mixed hardwood and pine. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. Fishing • All water bodies open for fishing unless posted closed. • Trails may be flooded following heavy rains. Mabry Carlton. The Schewe Tract. • Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test. • Trails may be flooded following heavy rains. Restrooms and Water No restrooms or water available. The dominant natural communities are pine flatwoods. Paddling • Along Myakka River and the adjacent Deer Prairie Creek (where available). proceeding south on South Moon Drive until it intersects Forbes Trail and proceeding east on Forbes Trail.128 acres Equestrian Use • 22 miles of designated equestrian trails available. which lies both north and south of I-75. Nearby Recreation Lands • Jelks Preserve • T. Size 10. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for license requirements. The property was acquired to protect the floodplain of the river and the water quality of the water sources within the region. Hiking • Available on interior roads. • Trails may be flooded following heavy rains. is managed by the District.Myakka River — Deer Prairie Creek Preserve 7001 Forbes Trail Venice. Access and Parking Entrance to Deer Prairie Creek Preserve is at the end of Forbes Trail and can be reached by exiting to the north from I-75 at Exit 193. (941) 861-5000 Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset.

Border Rd. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands . pond forest wetland/swamp city boundary access & parking picnic table and hitching post SARASOTA CO. major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river. I-75 Exit 193) T. (from Jacaranda Blvd.. Rd er Riv Jelks Preserve North Port North Port 777 41 0 1 2 scale in miles General Location 107 . Memorial Reserve S. 75 Forbes Trail Schewe Tract M ya k ka Riv er Deer Prairie Cree k Myakka River — Deer Prairie Creek Preserve Legend highway. Mabry Carlton. Exit 191 Sarasota County M oo Sarasota County nD r. Jr. stream lake.

Sand Slough. • Prepare for wet hiking. There are narrow flatwoods roads and jeep trails that provide limited access to the central portion of the property but are flooded during the rainy season. Recreational Opportunities Fishing • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for license requirements. hardwood forests and pine flatwoods scattered along the periphery of the property. but those hardy enough to venture out will be rewarded with the uniqueness of unspoiled Florida. Ogleby Creek and Boggy Creek. Size 2. Maple Creek. some trails are excessively wet during certain times of year. The habitat within the property is mostly bottomland swamp and freshwater marsh. • Unmarked trails — use of navigation devices suggested. north of Myakka City Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. including Long Creek. These wetlands are a part of the headwaters of the Myakka River and have a major influence on the water flow and quality of the river itself. • Walk-thru off Wauchula Road in the southeast portion of property.357 acres Location Eastern Manatee County. Southwest Florida Water Management District. Restrooms and Water No restrooms or water available. For more information Land Resources Department. About the Property The Flatford Swamp tract encompasses nearly all of the Flatford Swamp wetland ecosystem and is the primary surface water feature in the Upper Myakka River watershed. 4470 Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 108 . • Walk-thru entrance at intersection of Taylor and Wauchula roads. Wauchula Road is located at the eastern edge of the property and provides the best access. Access is only feasible by foot. FL 34251 Access and Parking • From I-75. The upper reaches of the Myakka River flow through the swamp along with other major tributaries. Hiking • Narrow flatwoods roads. Youngs Creek. Nearby Recreation Lands • Manatee County’s Duette Park • Lake Manatee State Park Limited Access Areas Access is limited because property is generally flooded. 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211. Upper Myakka Lake and the waters within Myakka River State Park. does not provide parking. head south to the intersection of Wauchula and Taylor roads. parking to accommodate a limited number of visitors to property. There are rangelands. Coker Creek. which is not conducive to recreational trail development. head east on SR 64 to Wauchula Road. ext.Myakka River — Flatford Swamp Preserve 39450 Taylor Road Myakka City.

stream lake. Og y leb My ak ka River Creek To I7 5 Wauchula Rd. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands San d Slough Og y leb e Cre k Flatford Swamp Parks Rd. major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river.5 1 2 River er Cok Creek ee Cr Lo ng k 73rd Ave. pond forest wetland/swamp walk-thru access & parking MANATEE CO. Myakk a 70 Myakka City 0 0. Myakka River — Flatford Swamp Preserve Legend highway. Grainger Farms Rd. Map le Cree k scale in miles General Location 109 . To SR 64 Wauchula Rd.Taylor R d.

and Sarasota County’s Carlton Reserve borders the property on the south. • All recreational users required to register at main entrance at Myakka River State Park. including Carlton Reserve. is regionally important to present and future conservation and protection of water resources and natural systems of the Myakka River watershed. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 110 . (941) 361-6511 Access and Parking • Primary access point at Martin’s Gate. • A multiuse trail that crosses the tract north to south can be accessed at Martin’s Gate. • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets.249 acres Location Central Sarasota County. Nearby Recreation Lands • T. just south of Myakka River State Park. Equestrian Use • Available on existing roads within property. • Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test. FL 34241 Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. Trail connects several tracts of public lands. Memorial Reserve • Myakka River State Park • Sarasota County’s Pineland Reserve and Rocky Ford Preserve For More Information Myakka River State Park. Jr. The property has large expanses of excellent dry prairie that are considered a globally imperiled habitat. No entry fees to enter Myakka Prairie. • Interior roads may be wet following heavy rains. The Myakka River State Park borders the property on the north and west. Both available inside state park. Hiking • Several miles of trails on existing roads. which is on south side of SR 72. Mabry Carlton. east of Venice About the Property Myakka Prairie is managed as a part of the Myakka River State Park and is part of a 100-square-mile regional area of contiguous and natural publicly protected lands. • Riders are required to stay on marked trails. Restrooms and Water No restrooms or water available at Myakka Prairie. in combination with the surrounding public lands. • Small public parking area provided.Myakka River State Park — Myakka Prairie Tract 13208 SR 72 Sarasota. Size 8. Recreational Opportunities Bicycling • Several miles of unpaved trails available. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. Deer Prairie Slough runs through the eastern portion of the property. The remainder of the property contains depressional marshes interspersed with pine flatwoods and hammocks. Myakka Prairie.

Memorial Reserve De e r Pr air ie 0 Slo ug 1 h Myakka River State Park — Myakka Prairie Tract Legend highway. Jr. pond forest wetland/swamp walk-thru access point & parking SARASOTA CO. 72 Martin’s Gate Myakka River State Park Myakka River State Park aw g ras s Tr ail Be ar Ha m c mo il ra kT ndy S Wi T. 2 scale in miles General Location 111 . major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river.M ya kk a Ri ve r SARASOTA CO. Mabry Carlton. MANATEE CO. stream lake. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands Buc kM Trail ann we Po rlin e Rd .

Dogs Must be on leash no more than six feet in length. Recreational Opportunities Bicycling • Allowed on all trails and roads. east of Englewood • Campsites accessible by park roads. Memorial Reserve • Charlotte Harbor Preserve • Myakka River State Park Bird Watching • Site 6 on southern section of Great Florida Birding Trail. • Contact FWC for information regarding license requirements and permits. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. No electric or water available. Picnic Facilities • Picnic areas available at several points along entrance road. • Riders are required to stay on marked trails. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for more information. Big Slough (also called Myakkahatchee Creek) enters the forest at the northeast and drains into the Myakka River. Jointly acquired by the District and the state of Florida. FL 34223 Size 8. Jr. Visitors completing rides on trails will get credit toward merit patches. Equestrian Use • More than 13 miles of marked trails are part of DOF’s Trailtrotter program. Paddling • Access to Myakka River from state forest. Access and Parking • Off CR 777 (River Road) and Jennings Boulevard. • Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test. • Access trail system from main parking areas located approximately one mile past main entrance to forest off River Road. a tributary to Lemon Bay. dividing the forest into two tracts. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 112 . • Campers required to obtain a State Forest Use Permit from DOF in order to use primitive campsites. Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. For More Information Division of Forestry. • FWC rules and regulations must be observed throughout the year. the property is managed by the Florida Division of Forestry (DOF). • ADA access and facilities available. About the Property The Myakka River. Public ownership of the property ensures the future protection of natural communities adjacent to the Myakka River. (941) 460-1333 Camping • Primitive campsites available in various locations. Fishing • All water bodies open for fishing.532 acres Location Southwestern Sarasota County. • Portable toilets available at the Flying “A” campsite. designated as an Outstanding Florida Water. Visitors completing hikes on trails will get credit toward merit patches. unless posted closed. flows through the northeast portion of the forest. Hunting • Contact FWC for information and permits. Mabry Carlton. • FWC rules and regulations must be observed throughout the year. Restrooms and Water Portable toilets are available at the main parking lot off River Road and picnic area. • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets. Myakka State Forest. Small campers and tents allowed. • Motorized vehicles must enter from River Road gate. Most have grills and picnic tables.Myakka State Forest 2000 South River Road Englewood. with the larger portion on the west side of the river. Nearby Recreation Lands • T. Hiking • More than 13 miles of marked trails are part of DOF’s Trailwalker program. which is also part of the Charlotte Harbor estuarine system. The western section of the property contains much of the headwaters of Rock Creek.

41 North Port Big Slo ug h North Port SARASOTA CO. P Pine Straw Campsite West Port Charlotte Englewood South Loop sm Fore ail an Tr SARASOTA CO. CHARLOTTE CO. pond forest wetland/swamp city boundary P trail access & parking vehicle access point parking picnic area canoe launch primitive camping trail shelter ranger office. major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river. General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 113 . Rd Shell . scale in miles Myakka State Forest Legend highway. Port Charlotte Slash Pine Tra 777 Myakka River Campsite P il My ak ka Go ttfr i Nor ed th L Riv er Cre ek Flying “A” Campsite P P oop Flatwoods Campsite r Blvd heste Ro ck er Riv Cr ee k . East River Rd.5 1 2 Foresman Blvd. 0 0. restroom disabled access toilet SARASOTA CO. parking. CHARLOTTE CO. Road Winc P Watering Hole Campsite Jennings Blvd. stream lake.

FL 33538 Recreational Opportunities Bird Watching • Site 53 on western section of the Great Florida Birding Trail. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for more information. About the Property Still primarily natural. Picnic Facilities • Picnic tables offered at Marsh Bend County Park. • No designated hiking trails or trail markers. • Contact FWC for license requirements. 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211. Fishing • Available along Withlacoochee and Panasoffkee Outlet rivers. Nearby Recreation Lands • • • • Flying Eagle Preserve Half Moon-Gum Slough Jumper Creek Wildlife Management Area Lake Panasoffkee Access and Parking • Day-use parking at Marsh Bend County Park adjacent to property. west of Sumterville Boating and Paddling • Public boat launch and paved parking offered at adjoining park. the property is a mixture of pine flatwoods. The boundary of this property extends over three miles along the eastern floodplain of the Withlacoochee River. Dry winter months most suitable for hiking since majority of lands are low and subject to seasonal flooding. Restrooms and Water • Restroom facilities available at Marsh Bend County Park. ext. Size 1. The western portions contain some of the oldest and largest trees in the area.Panasoffkee Outlet 3100 CR 413 Lake Panasoffkee. The property was acquired to protect and preserve pristine river corridor along the Withlacoochee River and adjoining floodplain system. Preservation of this property protects forested swamps and adjoining upland buffers important to the water resources and water quality of the river system. • ADA access and facilities available. For More Information Land Resources Department. freshwater marshes and oak scrub forest. Hiking • Several miles of woods roads suitable for day hiking. 4470 Hours of Operations Daily from sunrise to sunset. • Walk-thru located off CR 315. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 114 .118 acres Location Northwest Sumter County. Southwest Florida Water Management District. • No water available.

5 1 scale in miles Panasoffkee Outlet Legend highway. major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river. General Location forest wetland/swamp Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 115 . stream lake. 0 0. SUMTER CO. pond walk-thru access point & parking boat ramp picnic area SUMTER CO.S To R4 4 315 ee Withlacooch River Abandoned Railroad 470 d an Ab on ed Ra ilro ad Marsh Bend County Park 413 To I -75 Princess Lake ff Panaso kee Outlet Riv er Flying Eagle Preserve Jumper Creek Wildlife Management Area CITRUS CO.

including a small population of threatened Florida scrub-jays. • Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test. some trails are excessively wet during certain times of year. • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets. • Parking at Dee River Road gate for trails leading to upland and freshwater marsh communities. Fishing • Fishing and frogging allowed throughout year along river. • These sites have no amenities. • Contact FWC for license requirements.Potts Preserve 2700 Dee River Road — Equestrian Camping 2988 North Hooty Point — River Hiking Trail • Inverness. Equestrian Use • 12 miles of marked woods roads. • Mound fires — keep fires small. Double blaze symbols indicate a sharp turn in trail. • Prepare for wet hiking. Picnic Facilities • Limited picnic facilities available at campsite. primitive and backcountry camping. FL 34453 Camping • Separate sites available for equestrian. • Riders are required to stay on marked trails. For More Information Land Resources Department. Restrooms and Water • Portable toilets located at equestrian/group and primitive campgrounds. • Sites have picnic tables. Bird Watching • Site 57 on western section of Great Florida Birding Trail. • A free reservation is required and must be displayed on dashboard at campground. • Horse-drawn buggy riding only on marked trails. 4470 Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 116 . Additionally. including a 4-mile river trail and 16-mile loop trail. part of the Floridan aquifer’s recharge/discharge system. Nearby Recreation Lands • Flying Eagle Preserve • Two Mile Prairie • Half Moon-Gum Slough Boating and Paddling • Nearest public boat ramp at end of CR 581. • Nonpotable water source available. fire rings and/or grills. only use sticks found on the ground. • FWC rules and regulations must be observed throughout the year. 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for more information. Hunting • Contact FWC for information regarding license requirements and permits. Backcountry • These campsites are accessible only by foot or from a body of water. The preserve’s wetlands play a role in both the Tsala Apopka Chain of Lakes and the Withlacoochee River systems. Equestrian parking available. requires a free reservation. the site provides habitat to wildlife. group. Southwest Florida Water Management District.500 acres Location Northeastern Citrus County. • Orange blaze symbols indicate primary trail. • ADA access and facilities available. White blaze symbols indicate overnight loop. Hiking • 30 miles open for hiking. Size 8. Blue blazes indicate side trails. Access and Parking • Day-use parking off Hooty Point gives access to river hiking trail. east of Inverness About the Property The property was acquired for protection of the area’s groundwater recharge. • Nonpotable water available at equestrian/group area. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. ext. as well as important surface water features and wetland habitats. Recreational Opportunities Bicycling • Multiuse trails.

581 rn nve To I ess 581 0 Tu rne rC a Rd . stream lake. major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river. Ho int Po p Rd. d. Equestrian Camp E Oak Hammock Camp G oty Rd. No r th Loo pR Pe n Cu George Washington Pasture S er Ott lide d.CITRUS MARION CO. Rd No rth Lo op River Camp P Tsala Apopka Lake Dee River Rd. SUMTER CO. W i th l Riv tof f o ac oc h iv ee R er R er d. in Ma .5 1 scale in miles Potts Preserve Legend highway. General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 117 . Water-Control Structure S-353 CO. m 0. pond forest wetland/swamp E G P B access point & parking boat ramp water-control structure equestrian camping group camping primitive camping backcountry camping disabled access toilet CITRUS CO. a pk l po na a A Ca sal tfall T u O B Holly Tree Camp Far Point Camp Half Moon-Gum Slough B River R Co w Rd .

Prairie/Shell Creek
3081 Duncan Road Punta Gorda, FL 33982

Recreational Opportunities
Fishing
• Man-made excavated pond located in northern portion of property. • Property is adjacent to Shell Creek, Peace River and Hunter Creek. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for license requirements.

Size
609 acres

Location
Charlotte County, east of Charlotte Harbor

About the Property
This property is well known by the locals for having good scrub for the area. Several Florida scrub-jay families reside within the property. The mesic flatwoods and tidal marsh system provide a unique natural habitat.

Hiking
• Several miles of wooded roads available.

Nearby Recreation Lands
• Deep Creek Preserve • RV Griffin Reserve

For More Information
Land Resources Department, Southwest Florida Water Management District, 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211, ext. 4470

Access and Parking
• A walk-thru is on the west side of US 17 (Duncan Road) and south of the intersection of US 17 and State Highway 764. • A walk-thru is at the corner of Royal Palm Drive and Palm Shores Boulevard. Please do not block gate or neighbor’s driveway.

Hours of Operation
Daily from sunrise to sunset.

Restrooms and Water
No restrooms or water available.

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RV Griffin Reserve
8910 Kings Highway Arcadia, FL 35842

Limited Access Areas
• 2,485-acre preserve area at the southwestern side of the property is open only for hiking, equestrian use and biking. • Both onsite reservoirs are closed to public access and use.

Size
6,000 acres

Location
Southwest DeSoto County, east of North Port

Access and Parking
• From I-75, take Exit 170 at Kings Highway (CR 769). Drive north 5 miles; entrance on left. • ADA access and facilities available.

About the Property
Public water supply facilities, agriculture, wildlife habitat conservation and passive recreation characterize the diversity of the working landscape at the RV Griffin Reserve. The reserve offers vistas of pine flatwoods, freshwater marshes, wet prairies and glimpses of forested wetlands and oak hammocks. Much of the flatwoods have a sparse overstory of pines and resembles Florida dry prairie, one of North America’s most imperiled ecosystems. The property is managed by the Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority (PRMRWSA). The reserve was named in memory of DeSoto County Commissioner RV Griffin. The District purchased the property in 1992 to help meet future water supply needs of Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee and Sarasota counties. The PRMRWSA operates water supply facilities that were originally built by the developer in anticipation of its planned communities. During the dry season, the amount of water flowing down the Peace River declines and is unable to supply all the water needed by the public. During times of high flow, river water is diverted for storage. Raw river water is held in a reservoir located on PRMRWSA property within the reserve. Pipes connect the reservoir to a treatment plant on neighboring land. For additional storage, treated water is injected into underground wells of the aquifer storage and recovery system.

Hours of Operation
Daily from sunrise to sunset.

Restrooms and Water
Portable toilet; no water available.

Recreational Opportunities
Bicycling
• 21 miles of multiuse trails. • Use only marked trails • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets.

Equestrian Use
• 21 miles of multiuse trails. • Riders are required to stay on marked trails. • Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test. • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets.

Hiking
• 21 miles of multiuse trails • Prepare for wet hiking; some trails are excessively wet during certain times of year.

Picnic Facilities
• Limited picnic facilities in parking lot.

Nearby Recreation Lands
Deep Creek Preserve

For More Information
PRMRWSA Water Treatment Facility, (863) 993-4565

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go to www.csms-rc. pond forest wetland/swamp city boundary access point & parking disabled access toilet model airplane flying field (For info. 769 PUBLIC ACCESS PROHIBITED NORTH OF SECURITY FENCE Peace River Reservoir PRMRWSA Peace River Facility 761 To Og Fo de rt n Ri ace Pe ver North Port 769 Kin gs T Ch o Por arlo t tte Hig hwa y Deep Creek 0 0. stream lake. DESOTO CO.SARASOTA CO.5 75 1 2 scale in miles RV Griffin Reserve Legend highway. major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river. General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 121 .org ) DESOTO CO.

park entrance at end of road. until sunset. the District. The John Anderson Environmental Education Center houses a laboratory. • Pay telephone and bike rack outside center. • ADA access and facilities available. Recreational Opportunities Bicycling and Inline Skating • Allowed on paved park road. The lake and swamp system also provide natural water treatment to enhance the quality of water draining to Tampa Bay. For More Information Sawgrass Lake Park. Hiking • More than a mile of elevated boardwalk winds through a red maple swamp. • Vehicles allowed on paved entranceway into park. • Hammock Trail — 0. Water and Other Amenities • Restrooms and water inside environmental education center. first-served basis.m. • Dogs must be on leash no more than six feet in length. Petersburg. A water-control structure was built to facilitate drainage canal improvements and to maintain desirable water level fluctuations in Sawgrass Lake and the surrounding swamp. classroom and display facilities. Bird Watching • Site 94 on western section of Great Florida Birding Trail. Pinellas County and the Pinellas County School Board cooperatively agreed to establish a county park and an environmental education center on the property. The District retains responsibility for operating the water-control structure. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for more information. but not on boardwalk or in nature center. Location Central Pinellas County in Pinellas Park About the Property Sawgrass Lake Park was designed for people interested in observing and learning about nature. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 122 . In 1976. The Sawgrass Lake project began in 1972 to provide flood protection to the city of Pinellas Park. Nearby Recreation Lands Weedon Island Preserve Access and Parking • From 62nd Avenue. St. The main emphasis at the park is environmental awareness and education. (727) 217-7256 Hours of Operation Daily from 7 a.Sawgrass Lake Park 7400 25th Street N. Programs for grades 6–12 are available upon request. An overlook tower provides panoramic view of Sawgrass Lake. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. head north on 25th Street. Picnic Facilities • Some picnic tables and large shelter available on first-come. Size 333 acres Dogs • Allowed in park.5-mile natural-surface trail. FL 33702 Restrooms. • Paved park entrance road. • Owners are requested to pick up after dogs. Environmental education for grades K–5 is offered to local students.

Sawgrass Lake Park Legend highway. 600 Ma Sawgrass Lake Sawgrass Trail ple il Tra 19 borrow pit St. 275 689 62nd Ave. stream lake. pond forest wetland/swamp city boundary access point & parking picnic shelter overlook tower PINELLAS outdoor classroom environmental education center & park office General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 123 . Petersburg 25th St. major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line boardwalk river.275 Pinellas Park Ga y nd Blv d.

a primitive campground. sea trout and mullet. the Anclote River. The Anclote River Ranch Tract can be accessed from the hiking trails in J.300 acres of wetland communities in Serenova combine with the wetlands in Starkey Wilderness Park to form a connected 6. cypress domes. Nearby Recreation Lands • Suncoast Trail • Conner Preserve Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 124 . the preserve serves as a natural buffer for one of the region’s main freshwater resources. and camping cabins. hiking. Starkey donated several hundred acres to the District.000-acre wetland ecosystem spread throughout approximately 18.” The park is named after Jay B. biking and equestrian trails. B. initiating the concept of permanently protecting the land and its resources for future generations. The prominent natural communities within the preserve are pine flatwoods. The Preserve also serves as a recharge area for a regional well field operated by Tampa Bay Water that is an essential component of the multi-county water supply system that supplies drinking water to the greater Tampa Bay area. Mr.000 acres Location Western Pasco County.Starkey Wilderness Preserve The Starkey Wilderness Preserve is one of the largest undeveloped tracts in Pasco County and protects sensitive environmental areas in the fast-growing western portion of Pasco County. stream and lake swamps. such as seagrass. The 2. picnic shelters. such as redfish. Starkey Wilderness Park and Serenova Tract. the estuaries could not serve as the vital link in the life cycle of numerous species of birds. Like many District properties.000 acres of conservation lands. sandhill and scrub. Without a source of clean fresh water. freshwater marshes. Sr. This vast network of scattered wetlands become interconnected during periods of high water levels and serves as a vital life cycle linkage for many wetlanddependent species. Equestrian/ group and primitive camping are also available at Serenova. The Serenova Tract is a favorite for horseback riding with trails that wind through all major natural communities on the preserve. Size 18. B. and popular fish species. see individual property descriptions for the J. east of New Port Richey About the Property The preserve is the culmination of foresight and cooperative spirit of individuals and governmental agencies working to carry forth “one man’s dream. The Serenova and Anclote River Ranch tracts are managed by the District for passive naturebased outdoor recreation activities. Starkey Wilderness Park and provides visitors the opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the preserve with little sign of human presence. Starkey Wilderness Park • Serenova Tract • Anclote River Ranch Tract On the following pages. Public acquisition of these lands has maintained this large wetland system as a functioning intact ecosystem. These tracts have limited amenities and provide visitors a more rustic outdoor experience. B. Starkey. B. aquatic plants. No trails are marked on the Anclote River Ranch Tract. The preserve consists of three tracts: • J. but visitors can hike on the existing unmarked trails and roads. Starkey Wilderness Park is a regional park managed by Pasco County that features a paved trail that connects to the 42-mile Suncoast Trail. In 1975.. The J. The lands protect water quality by acting as a natural filter of surface water as it flows across the landscape into the Pithlachascotee River and its main tributary. Another less visible benefit of these lands is the vital link they play in assuring that the Gulf of Mexico receives the clean fresh water that is needed to maintain the long-term health of the coastal estuaries. who purchased the land in 1937 and then developed a cattle ranch and timber operation. the Pithlachascotee River.

5 Suncoast Parkway and Trail 1 d.52 1 G P E 52 587 Mo on La ke Rd . General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 125 . C G P Rive r ossing Cr B B B Little Rd. pond forest wetland/swamp C G P B walk-thru access point & parking cabin camping group camping primitive camping backcountry camping ADA-accessible fishing pier disabled access toilet PASCO CO. major road minor road paved trail designated trail property boundary (SWFWMD) other public lands county line river. B. Starkey Wilderness Park Cross Branch DeCubellis Rd. 0 0. 589 rk Sta 2 scale in miles Starkey Wilderness Preserve Legend highway. Blv J. Ridge Rd . Anclote Riv er Anclote River Ranch Tract 1 54 Sta rke yB lvd . Serenova Tract Bayou a lach Pith ee R scot iver Wilderness Rd. Blv ey d. stream lake.

Hours of Operation Daily from 6 a. • Contact FWC for license requirements. Location Western Pasco County. Supplies and provisions must be packed in. • ADA access and facilities available. Hiking • 27 miles of marked trails. Restrooms and Water Four restrooms and water fountains.8 miles. Each shelter seats up to 50 people. east of New Port Richey Access and Parking • From SR 54. • 2 large fee-rental pavilions seat up to 100 each and have large grill. J. grills and fire rings.3 miles. (727) 834-3247 • Shelter and pavilion reservations. then right on Wilderness Road into park. • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets. disabledaccessible.) 10500 Wilderness Park Boulevard New Port Richey.7-mile paved trail. Bird Watching • Site 73 on western section of Great Florida Birding Trail. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. Recreational Opportunities Bicycling and Inline Skating • Park connects to 42-mile paved Suncoast Trail via the 6. Dogs • Allowed only in day-use area. Park Facilities • Large playground. • Campsites for cars and primitive cabins available. • Riders must stay on marked trails. From SR 52. then left on Wilderness Road into park. right on River Crossing Boulevard for 1. Starkey Wilderness Park (See Starkey Wilderness Preserve for overall information. (727) 934-4198 • Pasco County Parks & Recreation Department. left on Starkey Boulevard for 0. • Equestrian camping allowed at some campsites. Nearly 150 species of birds have been identified in park. • Backcountry camping available. • Owners are requested to pick up after dogs. FL 34655 Size 8.3 miles. • Groups can reserve tent site or cabins up to 90 days in advance. • Reservation and fee are required and can be made up to 30 days in advance.Starkey Wilderness Preserve Camping • Separate primitive camping areas available for individual and equestrian camping. • Fire pits for bonfires. left on DeCubellis Road 0.000 acres Equestrian Use • 10 miles of marked equestrian trails. • Contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for more information. developed by local chapter of Audubon Society.2 miles. Fishing • Limited freshwater fishing available along Anclote and Pithlachascotee rivers. (813) 929-2760 Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 126 . running water and electricity. Rental fee. B. • Reservations can be made up to 30 days in advance.7-mile paved trail. • 6. left on Starkey Boulevard. • Corral and watering trough located in equestrian parking/staging area. • Riders are required to stay on marked trails. to sunset. go south on Moon Lake Road (CR 587) 6. • 3 primitive campsites off trails with picnic tables. • Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test. Nearby Recreation Lands • Conner Preserve • Starkey Wildnerness Preserve — Serenova Tract • Suncoast Trail For More Information • Tent and cabin reservations: Starkey Wilderness Park.3 miles. volleyball courts. athletic field.m. Picnic Facilities • 5 picnic shelters with grills. go north on Little Road (CR 1) 2. • Dogs must be on leash no more than six feet in length.

sR nes der Wil G Branch DeCubellis Rd. Starkey Wilderness Park highway. pond forest wetland/swamp 127 . Blv scale in miles Starkey Wilderness Preserve J. cabin camping group camping primitive camping backcountry camping disabled access toilet General Location property boundary (SWFWMD) other public lands county line river. 0 0. S C P B B Anclote Riv er Anclote River Ranch Tract Lit tle Rd . major road walk-thru access point & parking C G P B PASCO CO. Bayou R tee asco lach Pith iver Serenova Tract 589 r Rivesing Croslvd. 54 Sta To rke yB lvd .587 Ridge Rd . stream lake. B. B t a To rkey Little Rd.5 1 Suncoast Parkway and Trail 2 B Cross d. Mo on La ke Rd . Legend minor road paved trail designated trail Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands d.

group and primitive campsites. Starkey Wilderness Park Recreational Opportunities Bicycling • 18 miles of multiuse trails available. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 128 . Hiking • 18 miles of multiuse trails.Starkey Wilderness Preserve Equestrian Use • 18-mile multiuse trail available. FL 34638 Size 6. Restrooms and Water Vault toilet and nonpotable water near the equestrian. For More Information Land Resources Department. Southwest Florida Water Management District. some trails are excessively wet during certain times of year. • ADA access and facilities available. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for license requirements. B. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets.) 14900 SR 52 Land O’ Lakes. Picnic Facilities • Picnic tables available at entrance and campgrounds. east of New Port Richey Access and Parking • Entrance in central Pasco County off SR 52 just west of Suncoast Parkway across from Hayes Road. Nearby Recreation Lands J. • Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test. Serenova Tract (See Starkey Wilderness Preserve for overall information. • Sites have picnic tables. Location Western Pasco County. • Use only marked trails. Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. 4470 Camping • Equestrian. requires a free reservation. Entrance on south side of road. • Prepare for wet hiking. 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211. group and primitive campgrounds.533 acres Fishing • Fishing opportunities in various lakes. • Riders are required to stay on marked trails. • Horse-drawn buggy riding only on marked trails. • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets. • A free reservation is required and must be displayed on dashboard at campground. ext. fire rings and/or grills.

5 Suncoast Parkway and Trail 1 scale in miles Starkey Wilderness Preserve Legend highway.B. stream lake. 589 Pithla c has cote eR iver Cross Branch Bayou 0 J. disabled access toilet equestrian camping group camping primitive camping ADA-accessible fishing pier General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 129 . pond forest wetland/swamp E G P Serenova Tract access point & parking PASCO CO. major road minor road designated trail property boundary (SWFWMD) other public lands county line river. Starkey Wilderness Park 0.Hayes Rd. 587 52 d eR ak nL o Mo E G P .

ext. • South of SR 60 (salt water): Powerboating allowed with no restrictions. Motors up to 10 HP allowed. tables. • Operated by Hillsborough County Parks. • Operated by Temple Terrace. • For your safety. Do not block gates. 4470. The canal provides flood protection for the cities of Temple Terrace and Tampa by diverting floodwaters from the Hillsborough River. restrooms and a 0. Veteran’s Memorial Park and Museum — 16 acres 36002 US 301 • (813) 744-5502 • Open daily and on weekends. For More Information For information about recreation along canal bank. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 130 . Hiking • Along grassy canal bank from designated access points. Recreation and Conservation Department. • ADA access and facilities available.) Boating and Paddling • North of SR 60 (fresh water): Boating access from Harney Canal Park off US 301. • Contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for more information. observe all restricted areas. • Operated by Hillsborough County Parks. Limited Access Areas • No swimming allowed and no trespassing within barriers or fenced areas around water-control structures. About the Property The Tampa Bypass Canal (TBC) is a 14-mile waterway that connects the Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve with McKay Bay. fishing pier. please contact the Land Resources Department. grills. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. Access from McKay Bay or private ramps. The canal is also a water supply source for the city of Tampa. Southwest Florida Water Management District. which was formulated in response to the severe flooding that occurred in westcentral Florida in the 1960s. This portion is a no-wake zone. Nearby Recreation Lands • Bypass Park • McKay Bay Bike Trail • Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve Bird Watching • Site 98 on western section of Great Florida Birding Trail. Tampa Bypass/Harney Canal Park — 12 acres 7171 North US 301 • (813) 989-7180 • Facilities include boat ramp.75-mile paved trail for walking. • Dogs allowed on leash no more than six feet in length. portable toilets and picnic tables. bicycling and inline skating. Florida Project. • Fishing pier and portable toilets universally accessible. • Restrooms and water fountains universally accessible.Tampa Bypass Canal (See each site listed below for specific address. • Contact FWC for license requirements. Restrooms and Water Available at some developed park sites but not along canal. • Facilities include picnic shelters. The TBC is a component of the Four River Basins. Recreational Opportunities Bicycling and Inline Skating • Allowed on canal bank and 0. Temple Terrace Youth Sports Complex — 22 acres 10369 US 301 • (813) 989-7180 • Baseball and soccer complex open primarily for scheduled activities. • Parking at other access points are off the road or on grass. • ADA access at park. Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. • Paved parking available at Veterans Memorial Park and Harney Canal Park. Size 14-mile corridor Location East Tampa Fishing • Bank fishing from public access points and parks along canal. Access and Parking • Various public access points as shown on map.75-mile paved trail at Veterans Memorial Park. parking. Call for more information. Recreation and Conservation Department. 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211.

pond forest wetland/swamp city boundary walk-thru access point & parking HILLSBOROUGH CO. major road minor road designated trail property boundary (SWFWMD) other public lands county line river. stream lake.581 ough sbor Hill 582A River 75 579 41 301 275 582 Thonotosassa 581 Temple Terrace Temple Terrace Sports Complex 580 579 H orou illsb iver gh R 583 75 Harney Canal Park 301 92 41 600 4 92 TAMPA 574 Mango Veteran’s Memorial Park Bypass Park 41 574 4 275 60 618 618 75 McKay Bay Greenway Trail McKay Bay Brandon 301 41 0 1 2 scale in miles Tampa Bypass Canal Legend highway. General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 131 .

the upland portions of this property were used for cattle grazing. ext. FL 34221 Access and Parking Access is available on Rock Payne Road (85th Street East). Southwest Florida Water Management District. 85th Street Recreational Opportunities Fishing • Bank fishing in lakes. About the Property Prior to the District’s acquisition. 4470 Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 132 . The natural areas fall into the mesic temperate hammock type with dominant plant species consisting of live oak. Former borrow pits used during construction of Interstate 275 formed the four large man-made lakes that occupy the property. Size 128 acres Restrooms and Water No restrooms or water available. Mesic temperate hammocks are important habitat for wildlife and provide secondary habitat for a number of rare. These areas provide the shade needed by wildlife on open grassy plains. Nearby Recreation Lands • Terra Ceia Park • Emerson Point Park • Terra Ceia Preserve State Park For More Information Land Resources Department. laurel oak and cabbage palms. Location Northeast Manatee County on E. Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. Hiking • Hiking is allowed on dirt trails around existing lakes. 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211.Terra Ceia Preserve Frog Creek 2519 85th Street East Palmetto. threatened and endangered plant and animal species. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for license requirements.

5 scale in miles Terra Ceia Preserve Frog Creek Legend highway. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 133 . (85th Street East) Frog Cr ee Ca k 275 bb e ag 683 Exit 2 0 0.25 Slo ugh Ellenton Gillette Rd.41 Rock Payne Rd. pond forest wetland/swamp walk-thru MANATEE CO. (36th Ave. stream lake. major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river.) 0.

the Terra Ceia Preserve State Park is managed by the Florida State Parks system. • Boat ramp and canoe and kayak launch located on north side of Bishop Harbor Road. karst tidal ponds and estuarine marshes are interspersed within the preserve. (941) 721-2068 Access and Parking • Primary access point on north side of Bishop Harbor Road.Terra Ceia Preserve State Park 130 Terra Ceia Road Terra Ceia. About the Property Jointly acquired between the District and the state to protect the water resources of Tampa Bay. • ADA access and facilities available. Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. Go north on US 41 or north from I-75 and I-275 interchange to Bishop Harbor Road and then go west. unless posted closed. Various wetland communities such as freshwater creeks. Size 1. The lands are mostly uplands of maritime hammocks and mangrove fringe forests.932 acres Location Manatee County. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 134 . FL 34250 Recreational Opportunities Boating and Paddling • 3-mile Bishop Harbor Blueway trail circles Bishop Harbor and provides access to Manatee County Terra Ceia paddling trail. Restrooms and Water No restrooms or water available. north of Palmetto Fishing • All water bodies open for fishing. freshwater marshes. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for license requirements. Nearby Recreation Lands • Terra Ceia Park • Emerson Point Park • Terra Ceia Preserve Frog Creek For More Information Terra Ceia Preserve State Park.

General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 135 . pond forest wetland/swamp access point parking canoe launch boat ramp MANATEE CO. 0 1 2 scale in miles Terra Ceia Preserve State Park Legend highway. Bishop Harbor Rd. major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river. 97th Street East Frog Creek Rock Payne Rd. (85th Street East) Terra Ceia Preserve Frog Creek 683 275 275 19 Ba ysh ore Exit 2 Rubonia Terra Ceia Miguel Bay 19 Terra Ceia Park C ra Ter e a ia B y 41 Palm View Rd .41 p Tam a Ba y Bishop Harbor Bishop Harbor Rd. stream lake.

located at access point off CR 491. Purchased jointly by the state of Florida and the District. Lecanto Highway Hernando.Withlacoochee State Forest Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. Size 2.8 mile marked trail. Equestrian Use • 8. The property has a variety of natural upland and wetland plant communities. • Contact FWC for license requirements. Johnson Pond is a 24-acre sandhill upland lake in the northeast portion of the property that offers a vista of natural landscapes. Fishing • Allowed on Withlacoochee River and Johnson Pond. • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets. east of Dunnellon About the Property This property lies along the southern bank of the Withlacoochee River at the northern end of the Tsala Apopka Lake system. Ecosystem benefits include wetland restoration. which are quality habitat for a variety of wildlife. part of DOF’s Trailtrotter program located at CR 491 access point. Camping • Primitive camp located at Oxbow Trailhead. part of DOF’s Trailwalker program. • No water available at access point or along trail. For More Information Florida Division of Forestry. Access point on south side of road provides access to trails to Johnson Pond. (352) 754-6896 Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 136 . Withlacoochee State Forest.900 acres Recreational Opportunities Bird Watching • Site 59 on western section of Great Florida Birding Trail. fishing and wildlife. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for more information. nature study and horseback riding. This location on the river is very attractive to recreation users seeking to experience a serene canoe ride or pleasurable hike along the riverbank. The large sandhill community on the property is an outstanding native landscape. • Equestrian camp located at Bear Head Hammock. • Two additional access points located off each side of CR 39. The District completed a hydrologic restoration project that allows excess waters from the Hernando Pool to be moved to storage and recharge areas in the Two Mile Prairie marsh system. This entrance is for hiking.3-mile marked trail. FL 34442 Restrooms and Water Restrooms and water available at Bear Head Hammock Trailhead. The Division of Forestry (DOF) manages the property as a part of the Withlacoochee State Forest. Nearby Recreation Lands • Cross Florida Greenway State Recreation and Conservation Area • Half Moon-Gum Slough • Hálpata Tastanaki Preserve • Potts Preserve • Withlacoochee State Trail Access and Parking • Primary access off CR 491 approximately one mile east of US 41. flood protection and increased groundwater recharge. one of the primary purposes for acquisition of the property is its ability to provide significant water recharge and natural flood control. Location Northern Citrus County. Two Mile Prairie 7160 N. • Parking area large enough to accommodate horse trailers. • Riders are required to stay on marked trails. Of particular interest is the mosaic of sandhill and xeric hammock/ scrub communities and cypress swamps. The Withlacoochee River is designated as an Outstanding Florida Water. Hiking • 2. • Contact DOF for other possible hiking opportunities. which makes the river highly suitable for recreation.

5 Hernando scale in miles Two Mile Prairie Legend highway.MARION CO. General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 137 . CITRUS CO. pond forest wetland/swamp E P access point & parking equestrian camping primitive camping observation tower restrooms CITRUS CO. P Oxbow Recreation Trailhead To US 4 1 With la Johnson Pond Trailhead coo ch ee Hálpata Tastanaki Preserve River Johnson Pond 39 200 E P Bear Head Hammock Trailhead Holder To US 41 491 0 0. major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river. stream lake.25 0.

Southwest Florida Water Management District. The property’s roads and trails meander through pine flatwoods. 4470 About the Property Protecting the upper reaches of the Hillsborough River. the river’s floodplain provides natural storage of floodwaters and acts as a filtration system for runoff. 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211.Upper Hillsborough Preserve (On following pages. ext. consisting of both slash and longleaf pine overstory. palmetto/gallberry understory and hydric hammock and floodplain swamp along the river.961 acres Nearby Recreation Lands • Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve • Hillsborough County’s Blackwater Creek Preserve Location East of Zephyrhills For More Information Land Resources Department. see individual property descriptions for Alston and Upper Hillsborough tracts.) Access and Parking See following individual property descriptions for access information. Size 9. Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 138 . The property also serves as an important link in protecting wildlife habitat in the Hillsborough River greenway corridor.

Upper Hillsborough Preserve Legend highway. General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 139 . POLK CO. POLK CO. pond forest wetland/swamp city boundary E G P B walk-thru access point & parking equestrian camping group camping primitive camping backcountry camping disabled access toilet PASCO CO. scale in miles P E G PASCO CO. HILLSBOROUGH CO. Saunders Rd. POLK CO. stream lake.e Withlacooch 35A e River Green Swamp West Tract 301 98 E 535 P G Upper Hillsborough Tract PASCO CO. Deems Rd. major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river. Fox Bra nch Alston Tract 54 Zephyrhills B Upper Hillsborough Tract B Chancey Rd. 301 39 River ough bor Hills 0 1 2 County Line Rd.

Restrooms and Water Nonpotable water and restrooms available at entrance. some trails are excessively wet during certain times of year. Alston Tract 42144 Deems Road Zephyrhills. Picnic Facilities • Large pavilion with picnic tables and grills in day-use area. • Riders are required to stay on marked trails. • Use only marked trails • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. • Pavilion may be reserved at no cost for group use by contacting the District. • Horse-drawn buggy riding only on marked trails. group and primitive campsites. • Alston gate open year-round for equestrian use. Recreational Opportunities Bicycling • 12 miles of woods roads marked for multiuse. • Sites have picnic tables. 4470 Camping • Equestrian. • A free reservation is required and must be displayed on dashboard at campground. • Prepare for wet hiking. Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. Nearby Recreation Lands • Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve • Hillsborough County’s Blackwater Creek Preserve For More Information Land Resources Department. Southwest Florida Water Management District. • Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test. FL 33540 Size 2. fire rings and/or grills.983 acres Location East of Zephyrhills Access and Parking Primary access point is on Deems Road off SR 39 (via County Line Road and Saunders Road — see Upper Hillsborough Preserve map for detail). Hiking • 12 miles of multiuse trails. ext. • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets. 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 140 . requires a free reservation. • A portable toilet and nonpotable water source available.Upper Hillsborough Preserve Equestrian Use • 12 miles of woods roads marked for multiuse recreation.

POLK CO. pond forest wetland/swamp E G P Alston Tract access point & parking equestrian camping group camping primitive camping disabled access toilet POLK CO. 0 0. stream lake.Upper Hillsborough Preserve — Upper Hillsborough Tract CS X ilro Ra ad Deems Rd. PASCO CO. To SR 39 Alston Gate P E G PASCO CO. General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 141 . major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river.5 1 scale in miles Upper Hillsborough Preserve Legend highway. HILLSBOROUGH CO.

• Horse-drawn buggy riding only on marked trails. • Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test. • Access to Hillsborough River by foot only. equestrian access available. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for license requirements. • Contact FWC for information regarding license requirements and permits. • No bridges at Hillsborough River crossings. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. 4470 Equestrian Use • 12 miles of woods roads marked for multiuse recreation. Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. Size 6. • Use only marked trails. For More Information Land Resources Department.5 miles of hiking trails. • For more information. • Florida Trail Association maintains 3. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 142 . • Additional access points are located off CR 35A and CR 535. Nearby Recreation Lands • Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve • Hillsborough County’s Blackwater Creek Preserve Camping • Equestrian. Recreational Opportunities Bicycling • 12 miles of woods roads marked for multiuse. requires a free reservation. • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets. double blaze denotes sharp turn. 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211. May be seasonally wet or flooded.Upper Hillsborough Preserve Fishing • Fishing and frogging allowed throughout year. about 3 miles east of Zephyrhills. • Orange blaze symbols denote primary trail. Southwest Florida Water Management District. primitive and backcountry camping available. • Riders are required to stay on marked trails. • Additional 24 miles of interior roads available. FL 33540 Hiking • Property north of CR 54 and the Alston Tract are not included in the wildlife management area boundary and are open year-round. group. Upper Hillsborough Tract 41404 CR 54 Zephyrhills. contact the Florida Trail Association at 1-877-445-3352 (in FL) or (352) 378-8823.978 acres Location East of Zephyrhills Access and Parking • Primary access point is on CR 54 (not available during hunts). • No amenities available. Restrooms and Water No restrooms or water available. ext. blue denotes side trails. • Horseback riding allowed year-round on the Alston Tract. • A free reservation is required and must be displayed on dashboard at campground. Hunting • FWC rules and regulations must be observed throughout the year.

L PASCO CO. stream lake. access point & parking equestrian camping group camping primitive camping backcountry camping General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 143 . pond forest wetland/swamp city boundary E G P B Upper Hillsborough Tract highway. major road walk-thru PASCO CO. Fox Bra nch X CS B 54 Zephyrhills B Ea st Lo op Rd. POLK CO.e Withlacooch 35A e River Green Swamp West Tract 98 E G P 535 ord Rd. ed ar F ord Flat F Ra ilro ad un R Tra il Rive r C Upper Hillsborough Preserve — Alston Tract 0 1 2 39 scale in miles Upper Hillsborough Preserve Legend minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river. West oop Rd. Hills borou gh R iver Chancey Rd.

and pine-covered sandhills. scenic woods roads. FL 34607 Hours of Operation • Daily from sunrise to sunset.3-mile paved road adjoining the Osowaw Boulevard entrance. 2008. spending most of their time deep in the forest. The acquisition was in support of Governor Bush’s “Springs Initiative. 4470 Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 144 . Do not back vehicles or trailers onto bank. as well as buffering nearby residential communities from tropical storms. elusive and pose no threat to people. On November 1. Boating and Paddling • Lakes open to hand-launched boats. Hiking • 5. Picnic Facilities • Limited picnic facilities in park. Caution: banks can be unstable. the District purchased the property surrounding the first-magnitude Weeki Wachee Spring from the city of St. dense hardwood swamps.206 acres Location Hernando County coast. Research/Limited Access Area This area has been reopened to visitors. the District entered into a lease agreement with the Florida Parks Service for their management of the property as a state park. • ADA access and facilities available. Bird Watching • Site 69 on west section of Great Florida Birding Trail.3 miles of marked. For More Information Land Resources Department. Hundreds of wading birds roost here every night and some nesting activity has been observed.5-mile unpaved trail and paved road. Size 11. Fishing • Numerous lakes inhabited by both freshwater and saltwater species. • On second and fourth Saturday of each month. but bank fishing is permitted. preserving the southernmost coastal hardwood hammock in western Florida. Public ownership protects the wetlands’ natural functions of conveying spring water to the gulf. freshwater and saltwater marshes. The preserve provides a rich mosaic of habitats including several miles of Weeki Wachee River frontage. About the Property The Weekiwachee Preserve is part of a regional system of conservation lands that extend up to Crystal River Buffer Preserve. west of Weeki Wachee Restrooms and Water Disabled access toilet available. The preserve is best known for its Florida black bear population. • Boats must be carried to the lake — there is no boat ramp. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for more information. • Use caution launching boats — banks can be unstable.5 miles of bicycling on dirt lanes and paved road. Petersburg. 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211. including placing them in public ownership. canoes and kayaks. Recreational Opportunities Bicycling • 5. • 4. The bears are shy.” under which strategies were established for the protection and restoration of Florida’s springs. Visitors are asked to take special care in this sensitive area as it has become a significant bird roosting site. portions of the Mud River. • Contact FWC for license requirements. ext. • Electric trolling motors allowed.Weekiwachee Preserve 2121 Osowaw Boulevard Spring Hill. cleansing surface water and providing flood protection. Nearby Recreation Lands • • • • Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge Chassahowitzka River and Coastal Swamps Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area Crystal River Buffer Preserve Access and Parking • Enter on foot or bicycle from Shoal Line or Osowaw Boulevard main entrance. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. Boats are not allowed on the lakes in this area. Southwest Florida Water Management District. • 1. visitors may drive into preserve through the Osowaw Boulevard entrance and park at end of paved road. In 2001. • Gas-powered outboards not allowed.

pond forest wetland/swamp city boundary access point & parking parking small boat launch picnic shelter county park disabled access toilet research/limited access area HERNANDO CO. San d Pit Rd. Bea r nt Bur Cla w Rd . stream lake. 550 Rogers Week iW Park achee River Chassahowitzka WMA Hernando Beach Park Chassahowitzka WMA Weeki Wachee Spring Weeki Wachee State Park 50 19 Shoal Line Blvd. Os ow aw Blvd. 597 Dead End Creek South Lake Rd . Loop Rd. scale in miles Weekiwachee Preserve Legend highway. major road minor road paved trail designated trail property boundary other public lands river. Spr in gH ill D r.Gulf of Mexico Bayport Park Jenkins Creek Park Cor tez 597 Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Blvd . General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 145 . 0 1 2 595 Co m Hernando Beach Spring Hill me rci al W ay Rd .

The District provides the county with the use of 146 acres of the Green Swamp – West Tract to accommodate riverfront access for the canoe launch. Follow pavement onto Auton Road. (813) 929-1260 Bird Watching • Site 63 on western section of Great Florida Birding Trail. • ADA access and facilities available. Size 260 acres Fishing • Fishing pier located adjacent to canoe launch. (352) 567-0264. • Several additional miles of perimeter trails open for hiking. Paddling Canoe launch (100-foot carry from parking area). Park Facilities • Park has playgrounds. • Free permit required to camp. Orange blaze symbols denote primary trail. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for more information. contact the Withlacoochee River Park for more information. • Other shelters available on a first-come. Double blazes denote a sharp turn in trail. Nearby Recreation Lands Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve Recreational Opportunities Bicycling and Inline Skating • Paved park road. Blue blaze symbols denote side trails. • Owners are requested to pick up after dog. • Reservations for southern shelter or pavilion made through park office. Dogs • Dogs must be on a leash no more than six feet in length. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. firstserved basis. recreation field and reconstructed 19th century fort. • For more information. • Authentic Native American villages constructed by Native American volunteers. Restrooms and Water Three restrooms. The Withlacoochee River Park offers visitors access to a wild and scenic portion of the river and a mosaic of habitat communities.5 miles of hiking trails.25 miles on left. (352) 521-4182 • Pasco County Parks and Recreation Department. dock and 1. • Contact FWC for license requirements. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 146 . Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. For More Information • Withlacoochee River Park. Picnic Facilities • Picnic shelters and large pavilion available. • East Pasco Parks and Recreation Department. contact Florida Trail Association at 1-877-445-3352 (FL only) or (352) 378-8823. 40-foot observation tower.Withlacoochee River Park 12449 Withlacoochee Boulevard Dade City.2 miles of trail developed and maintained by Florida Trail Association. FL 33525 Camping • Primitive campsites available in various locations around park. Obtain from park office. Access and Parking • From US 301 follow River Road east 5 miles. east of Dade City Hiking • 5. from high sandhills to low riverine swamp. About the Property Pasco County operates this regional park near the Withlacoochee River. • ADA access and facilities available. Location Pasco County. Park entrance 0. a compost toilet and drinking fountains available. boardwalks.

352-567-0264) PASCO CO. stream lake. co o hla Wit lvd. major road minor road paved park road designated trail SWFWMD property boundary park boundary county line river. ith lac ooc he e Riv Native American Village pavilion pavillion er Green Swamp West Tract CT 0 250 500 scale in feet Withlacoochee River Park Legend highway.T an o Ri d U ver S 3 Rd 01 . pond forest wetland/swamp CT access point parking area picnic shelter canoe launch observation deck playground disabled access toilet county ranger compost toilet primitive camping (telephone Withlacoochee River Park. General Location P Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 147 . eB che W Auton Rd.

including the old dam house. Nearby Recreation Lands • Flying Eagle Preserve • Lake Panasoffkee • Potts Preserve Limited Access Areas Please observe restricted areas. Southwest Florida Water Management District. Location Northwest Sumter County About the Property This property is situated on the Withlacoochee River and is the site of the Wysong-Coogler Dam. Size 5 acres Fishing • Riverbank fishing. 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211. FL 33538 Recreational Opportunities Boating and Paddling • Single-lane boat ramp and docking area built and maintained by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).Wysong Park 4790 NW 46th Road Lake Panasoffkee. 4470 Access and Parking Park entrance off CR 300 in Carlson. Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. • Contact FWC for license requirements. Restrooms and Water No restrooms or water available. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 148 . ext. For More Information Land Resources Department.

CO CI U TR S . General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 149 .To SR 44 Carlson 300 Water-Control Structure Boat Lock To CR 0 47 W ith lac oo ch ee Riv er SU M TE R . CO 0 100 200 scale in feet Wysong Park Legend minor roads property boundary county line river forest wetland/swamps navigation barrier access parking boat ramp SUMTER CO.

Recreation at a Glance Rec Are reatio n a Ma Ref p eren ce Match the Map Reference numbers in this at-a-glance table to locate recreation areas on the District map (last page). Chance Reserve — Coker Prairie Tract Edward W. B. Starkey Wilderness Park Serenova Tract Tampa Bypass Canal Terra Ceia Preserve Frog Creek Terra Ceia Preserve State Park Two Mile Prairie (Withlacoochee State Forest) Upper Hillsborough Preserve Alston Tract Upper Hillsborough Tract Weekiwachee Preserve Withlacoochee River Park Wysong Park Pag e 20 22 24 26 28 30 32 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 50 52 54 56 58 60 62 64 66 68 70 72 74 76 78 80 82 84 86 88 90 92 94 96 98 100 102 104 106 108 110 112 114 116 118 120 122 124 126 128 130 132 134 136 138 140 142 144 146 148 Hillsborough Polk Hernando Hillsborough Pinellas Charlotte Citrus Hillsborough Polk Pinellas Pasco Pasco DeSoto Hillsborough Manatee Manatee Citrus Citrus Citrus Citrus Pasco/Sumter/Lake/Polk Polk Sumter/Lake/Polk Polk Lake Pasco Sumter Marion Highlands Polk Sumter Pinellas Hillsborough Manatee Hillsborough Hillsborough Hillsborough Hillsborough Hillsborough Hillsborough Hillsborough Hillsborough Hillsborough Hillsborough Sarasota Manatee Sarasota Sarasota Sumter Citrus Charlotte DeSoto Pinellas Pasco Pasco Pasco Hillsborough Manatee Manatee Citrus Pasco/Polk Pasco/Polk Pasco/Polk Hernando Pasco Sumter Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 150 Cou nty (ies ) . Chance Reserve — Gilley Creek Tract Flying Eagle Flying Eagle Preserve McGregor Smith Boy Scout Reservation Withlapopka Community Park Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve Colt Creek State Park East Tract Hampton Tract Little Withlacoochee Tract (Withlacoochee State Forest) West Tract Half Moon-Gum Slough Hálpata Tastanaki Preserve Jack Creek Lake Marion Creek Horseshoe Scrub Tract Lake Panasoffkee Lake Tarpon Outfall Canal Little Manatee River Lower Tract Little Manatee River Southfork Tract Little Manatee River Upper Tract Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve Dead River Park Flatwoods Park Jefferson Equestrian Area John B. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 Alafia River Corridor Alafia River Reserve Annutteliga Hammock Brooker Creek Headwaters Nature Preserve Brooker Creek Preserve Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park Chassahowitzka River and Coastal Swamps Chito Branch Reserve Circle B Bar Reserve Cliff Stephens Park Conner Preserve Cypress Creek Preserve Deep Creek Preserve Edward Medard Park and Reservoir Edward W. Sargeant Park Morris Bridge Park Oak Ridge Equestrian Area Off-Road Loop Trail Trout Creek Park Myakka River — Deer Prairie Creek Preserve Myakka River — Flatford Swamp Preserve Myakka River State Park — Myakka Prairie Tract Myakka State Forest Panasoffkee Outlet Potts Preserve Prairie/Shell Creek RV Griffin Reserve Sawgrass Lake Park Starkey Wilderness Preserve J.

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45 Map Reference number 49 40 25 29 17 54 18 19 39 301 CITRUS 7 3 41 98 Recreation area Southwest Florida Water Management District boundary SUMTER 75 HERNANDO 52 589 23 L A K E 53 24 21 20 22 50 98 4 275 27 92 17 19 45 44 4 5 30 10 589 PA S C O 11 12 301 41 51 34 92 75 28 46 14 9 2 POLK P I N E L L A S 275 43 92 HILLSBOROUGH 8 301 1 98 19 275 41 31 33 32 16 48 47 17 M A N AT E E 301 41 75 HARDEE 15 36 27 HIGHLANDS 98 S A R A S OTA 41 37 DESOTO 42 13 27 35 38 6 17 41 CHARLOTTE 75 41 0 10 20 scale in miles Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 152 .Recreation at a Glance 41 75 LEVY 27 MARION 26 98 19 Match the Map Reference numbers on this District map to the at-a-glance table on the preceding page spread.

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