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

multiuse trails located on old dirt roads that wind through pine flatwoods and around beautiful wetlands. B. Best Opportunities Recreational Opportunities Available Bicycling From the novice to the expert trails. off-road trail • Starkey Wilderness Preserve — J. Starkey Wilderness Park — Paved trails Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 3 .restrooms and camping areas. off-road trail • Myakka State Forest — Multiuse.7-mile Starkey Trail winds through the 18. Bike trails are primarily double-track. 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. These trails offer some of the best long-distance bicycling opportunities in west-central Florida. many different types can be found on District lands. single-track trails are available on cooperatively managed lands where user groups construct and maintain the trails. For the more adventurous rider. while the partner provides the on-site staff to manage the parks on a daily basis. off-road. The District usually provides the land and funding to build most of the facilities. The 6.000-acre Starkey Wilderness Preserve and connects to the 42-mile Suncoast Trail. natural settings.

com/. Morris Bridge and Trout Creek parks Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 4 . Flatwoods. Maps of the west coast portion of the trail can be obtained from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission web site at FloridaBirdingTrail. 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. Sargeant. 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.Birding Whether you are a casual viewer or an avid birder working on your life birding list. John B. bird-watching opportunities abound on all District lands. Best Opportunities • Myakka State Forest • Potts Preserve • Sawgrass Lake Park • Starkey Wilderness Preserve — J.

Equestrian and/or Group Camp Areas Camping with tents or horse trailer camping rigs. fire rings and/or grills. 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. the beauty of the great outdoors is waiting to be experienced. 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. usually have nonpotable water and portable toilets available for use by campers. horse trailers may be driven into equestrian campsites. equestrian and/or group. Information about reservations. campsites generally equipped with picnic tables.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. fees. Full-Service RV Camp Areas contacting the cooperator directly (contact information in property descriptions). primitive and remote backcountry sites are available on various lands. Full-service RV (found on some of our partners’ sites). campsites are available to nonequestrian campers.

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

but visitors should always bring enough water to meet their horses’ needs. Longdistance rides. These areas have a nonpotable water source and portable restroom facilities available. 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.Equestrian Viewing the pine flatwoods. cypress ponds and wildlife-filled wetlands on horseback is one of the many great recreational experiences that can be enjoyed on District lands. 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. To determine what facilities are available. 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 . A free camping reservation is required (see page 14). check the individual property descriptions. Equestrian/group camping areas are available and can be accessed by vehicles towing horse trailers. Lands that have enough trail miles for a half day’s ride or longer are generally open for equestrian use.

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

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

Check the Recreation At A Glance and individual property descriptions for more information. However. All Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 10 . clear waters of a spring-fed river. Fishing fishing on District lands is subject to FWC’s license requirements and regulations. Lakes and ponds wholly within District lands that allow paddling and boating access are clearly posted as open for these activities. Whether it is a great blue heron stalking its prey. not all District lands provide boat access. as many areas already have launching facilities nearby. 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. an alligator sunning on a log or a deer getting a drink from the cool. launch facilities are provided on adjacent water bodies. Where possible. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

m. FL 33547 Recreational Opportunities Camping • Primitive camping only. (813) 672-7876 Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 20 . Hours of Operation Daily from 8 a. sandhills and riverine swamps. For More Information Hillsborough County Parks. creek crossings may be closed for safety reasons. The river’s natural floodplain is a mixture of hardwood swamps and upland hammocks.m. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for license requirements. portions of preserve may be closed temporarily due to wildfires. • Letter of authorization required from Hillsborough County Parks. Nearby Recreation Lands • Alafia River State Park • Alderman’s Ford Park. • Hiking allowed on equestrian trail. Fishing • Shoreline fishing allowed from pits in northeast portion of property. for horse trail parking area on Old Welcome Road. but facilities are available in Alderman’s Ford Park during park operating hours.963 acres Location Southeastern Hillsborough County. • Walk-thru entrance located at 628 Jameson Road. Recreation and Conservation Department. Hiking • Access three-mile marked trail from Pinecrest baseball field walk-thru or Alderman’s Ford Park. • Trails offer quality ride through various areas of pasture. Walk-thru on north side of parking area. Picnic Facilities • Limited picnic facilities available on-site. prescribed burns. 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. its floodplain and wildlife habitat for future generations. Jointly purchased by the District and Hillsborough County. • Access to horse trails at Old Welcome Road parking area. the property is managed by the county. environmental restoration or severe storms. Size 2.Alafia River Corridor 931 Old Welcome Road Lithia. Recreation and Conservation Department. • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets. Trails meander through natural areas as well as areas that were formerly phosphate mine pits. • Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test. At other times. to 5 p. • Access via hiking trail. • Group areas available. oak hammocks. • Park gates close at night — check park hours to make sure vehicle will not be locked in parking area. About the Property The Alafia River is a major tributary of Tampa Bay. Access and Parking • Primary access for hiking trail is at the Pinecrest baseball field parking area next to Alderman’s Ford Park. 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. which are mostly revegetated. Conservation of the lands along the Alafia River will protect the river. • During rainy season.

stream lake. 39 676 Alafia River Nor th P g ron Nichols Rd. To SR 37 Mi ze lle Cre ek Old Welcome Rd. Alafi Pinecrest Sports Complex Alderman’s Ford Park Keysville Rd. a Riv er Keysville st We Lithia Pinecrest Rd. Welcome 39 Owe ns B h ranc o Bran Chit ch Ha lls c an Br Jameso n Rd. pond forest wetland/swamp walk-thru access point & parking fishing spot picnic shelter group camping primitive camping disabled access toilet HILLSBOROUGH CO. nc h Bra Pinecrest 640 Keysville Rd. Alafia River So uth Prong Chito Branch Reserve Old Welcome Rd. major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river.To SR 60 Keysville Rd.5 1 scale in miles Alafia River State Park Alafia River Corridor Legend highway. General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 21 . h 0 0.

Parking area on left. Nearby Recreation Lands • Alafia River Corridor • Alafia River State Park • Alderman’s Ford Park For More Information Polk County Natural Resources Department. take SR 60 west to Turner Road (approximately 3. west of Mulberry Restrooms and Water No restrooms or water available.Alafia River Reserve 4872 Indian Oak Drive Mulberry. Picnic Facilities • Picnic tables adjacent to parking area. Turn left on Turner Road and follow to Y-intersection. Location West-central Polk County. Turn left on Indian Oak Boulevard until road dead-ends. to 7 p. Stay to left on North Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 22 . hickory.m. during standard time and 5 a.5 miles). FL 33860 Turner Road. Ground cover is sparse due to extended periods of flooding. Turn right on Indian Oak Drive and travel a few blocks. (863) 534-7377 Access and Parking From Mulberry. to 8:30 p. Common trees include sweet gum. Size 334 acres Hours of Operation Daily 5 a. sabal palms and bay. 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.m.m. ironwood.m. 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. laurel oak. during daylight-saving time. Forested hardwood wetlands are the primary natural community. 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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Jointly acquired by the District and Hillsborough County. public ownership of this preserve ensures protection of important wildlife habitat and the site’s wetlands. kiosk and picnic table available at entrance on Ramblewood Road. north of Van Dyke Road. About the Property Containing the largest area of contiguous natural habitat remaining in northwest Hillsborough County. floodplains and low-lying uplands. parking on road shoulder. The uplands include pine flatwoods. Location Northwest Hillsborough County. • Walk-thru gate on east side of Brown Road north of Van Dyke Road. Nearby Recreation Lands • Suncoast Trail • Lake Rogers Park • Lake Park For More Information Hillsborough County Parks. Hillsborough County staff has performed a number of resource inventories that identified an abundance of wildlife and vegetation. and mixed hardwood and pine prairies. south of Lutz-Lake Fern Road. Size 1. Recreational Opportunities Hiking • Several miles of unimproved interior roads. west of Suncoast Parkway. some of which are considered threatened or endangered. (813) 672-7876 Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 26 . xeric oak hammocks. • Walk-thru gate on Lutz-Lake Fern Road. and east of Gunn Highway Restrooms and Water No restrooms or water available. This property includes a mosaic of forested swamps. For this reason.111 acres Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. FL 33558 Access and Parking • Parking. the property is managed by Hillsborough County. parking on road shoulder. Since 1993.Brooker Creek Headwaters Nature Preserve 18102 Ramblewood Road Lutz. Recreation and Conservation Department. recreational activities on the property are limited to walking and hiking. which serve as the headwaters of the Brooker Creek system.

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

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

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 . Blvd. k kR d.5 1 Bro oker Cre e Key ston Old Ke yst on eR d. 582 Tarpon Sp rings Rd. pond forest wetland/swamp city boundary walk-thru access point & parking PINELLAS CO. PINELLAS CO. major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river. 2 scale in miles Brooker Creek Preserve Legend highway. Tarpon Springs East Lake Rd eR d. Lora Lane . Ranch Rd. c Tra ce Ra Oldsmar 0 0. stream lake. Park Lake Tarpon Outfall Canal 584 Tam pa Rd .Trinity 582 HILLSBOROUGH CO.

The preserve contains vital mangrove and salt marsh wetlands with portions of freshwater marsh. Fishing • Boat fishing throughout preserve. The preserve protects the water quality and natural resources in these adjacent sensitive areas and creates a continuity of habitats for wildlife. • Access to state park lands acquired by the District via a walk-thru gate off CR 776 and from the water. tropical hardwood hammocks and pinelands. Boating and Paddling • Available in open bay waters and along the Myakka. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 30 . Peace and Caloosahatchee rivers. Cape Haze. the preserve consists of various noncontiguous parcels that partially surround the Charlotte Harbor estuary and its major tributaries. west of Port Charlotte About the Property A joint acquisition effort between the District and the state. Matlacha Pass and Pine Island Sound aquatic preserves. FL 33955 Restrooms and Water Punta Gorda Management Unit of preserve has restrooms with water and a visitor’s center. The outstanding feature is its estuarine environment. • Contact preserve for trail maps. Hiking • Primary hiking trailhead off CR 776 with designated marked foot trail. • Two designated hiking trails at Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center. Dogs • Dogs must be on a leash no more than six feet in length. Size 46. The preserve has an inspiring coastline with miles of open bay waters. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for more information. • Owners are requested to pick up after dog. All these surface water features and their tributaries have been designated Outstanding Florida Waters. The preserve is regionally important because it provides protection to the Gasparilla Sound/ Charlotte Harbor. tidal creeks and segments on the Myakka. 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. • Contact FWC for license requirements. which offers rich natural habitat and a diversity of wildlife. All lands are managed as a state park.Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park 12301 Burnt Store Road (CR 765) Punta Gorda. Guided tours within the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center area are offered to the public from November to April. coastal scrub. Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. One winds through pine flatwoods and one through salt marsh and mangrove forests. Peace and Caloosahatchee rivers. Recreational Opportunities Bird Watching • Site 22 on southern section of Great Florida Birding Trail.000 acres Location Eastern Charlotte County. (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).

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.Murdock 41 My ak 777 CHARLOTTE CO.5 1 2 scale in miles Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park Legend highway. stream lake. walk-thru General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 31 Pea ce R 776 iver Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park . pond forest wetland/swamps CHARLOTTE CO. ka 776 SARASOTA CO. major road minor roads designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river.

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

a lt Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge Potter C reek Creek 480 480 S Chassahowitzka Springs g Ma Miss gie .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.5 access point & parking boat ramp fishing spot recreational vehicle camping restrooms 1 2 scale in miles CITRUS CO. major road minor road designated trail property boundary (SWFWMD) other public lands county line river. Chassahowitzka River and Coastal Swamps Legend highway. To Weeki Wachee HERNANDO CO. pond forest wetland/swamp RV Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands Blue Run Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area 0 0. General Location 33 . stream lake. 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.

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

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

There are exhibits in the center that display environmental and hydrologic functions of Florida’s natural resources. As a result of the marsh system restoration project. Nearby Recreation Lands • Saddle Creek Park • Tenoroc Fish Management Area For More Information Polk County Natural Resources Department. Fishing • Available along Lake Hancock. Hiking • Oak Hammock Interpretative Trail (3. The tremendous bird population includes a variety of wading birds. Alligators inhabit Lake Hancock and may be observed at a distance from shore or from a pier. to 7 p. the center provides educational opportunities for Polk County public schools and is open to the public. Size 1. • Lake View Trail (0. Hours of Operation Daily from 5 a. The property is maintained by Polk County. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for license requirements. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 36 .m. freshwater marsh.4-mile roundtrip) is an unpaved trail running from parking area to Lake Hancock. • Florida law requires bicyclists and equestrians under 16 to wear helmets. FL 33803 Restrooms and Water Restroom facility and water located at the Nature Discovery Center. to 8:30 p.m. Nature trail. south of Lakeland About the Property Named after a cattle ranch that once existed on this property. waterfowl. • Brochure describing trails available at trailhead. but in 2005 and 2006.Circle B Bar Reserve 4399 Winter Lake Road (SR 540) Lakeland. pavilion and information signs are available for public use on the grounds adjacent to the center. Managed by the Polk County Natural Resources Department.m. • ADA access and facilities available. • Each horseback rider must carry proof of horse’s negative Coggins test. Oak hammock. during standard time and from 5 a. ospreys and bald eagles. entrance to park is on south side of road.m. Much of the property had previously been converted to pasture. Picnic Facilities • Picnic tables are located along the road between the main entrance and the Nature Discovery Center. construction of the Polk County Nature Discovery Center was completed. 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. Polk County Nature Discovery Center In November 2008.5-mile roundtrip from end of Oak Hammock Trail) is an unpaved spur trail running along the lake.267 acres Recreational Opportunities Bicycling and Equestrian • Numerous trails and roads available throughout the property. during daylightsaving time. hardwood swamp and the lakeshore are among the unique characteristics of this property. Location Northwestern Polk County. Circle B is now home to some of the most impressive bird activity on District property. restoration projects were completed to restore much of the original hydrologic function of the lands. (863) 534-7377 Access and Parking • South of Lakeland on SR 540.

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

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

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

the preserve offers a stunning landscape of steep sandhill ridges. FL 34637 Recreational Opportunities Bicycling • Use only marked trails. The District manages the preserve’s resources to protect and restore the natural and altered ecosystems when possible. 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211. Southwest Florida Water Management District. For More Information Land Resources Department. Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. • Riders are required to stay on marked trails.BayCityFlyers. expansive marshes. No water available.org/. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. This includes extensive restoration to areas that were converted to pasture when it was privately owned and managed as a ranch. • Portable toilet and nonpotable water available at Bay City Flyers model airplane field. • 12.Conner Preserve 22500 SR 52 Land O’ Lakes. each equipped with picnic table and fire ring.2 miles of designated or marked trails from SR 52 access point. Hiking • 16 miles of hiking-only trails. • Anyone who wishes to fly must be licensed by the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA). dense cypress sloughs and lush pine flatwoods. Access and Parking • Primary access is off SR 52 on south side of road about 3. About the Property Acquired in 2003 for preservation of natural systems. • Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test.5 miles east of US 41. 4470 Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 40 . Model Airplane Flying Field • Bay City Flyers Model Airplane Club.980 acres Location Central Pasco County Camping (available in 2010) • Primitive campsites. Picnic Facilities • One picnic table available at entrance. • Day-use reservations required to access equestrian parking area. water quality and flood protection. 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.5 miles of unpaved cycling on designated or marked trails. ext. Limited Access Areas Several areas of the preserve are being restored and are limited to foot access only. Equestrian Use • 5. • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets. Nearby Recreation Lands • Starkey Wilderness Preserve — Serenova Tract • Cypress Creek Preserve Restrooms and Water • Portable toilet available at main entrance. groundwater recharge. • ADA access and facilities available. making a continuous corridor of several thousands of acres in this region. please coordinate with the Bay City Flyers at www. off main trail in eastern portion of preserve. • Several miles of multiuse wooded roads available. • 25-acre site open to members and spectators. Size 2.

org for more info) primitive camping (available in 2010) PASCO CO.baycityflyers. 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.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. stream lake. General Location river. pond forest wetlands/swamps Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 41 .5 1 scale in miles Conner Preserve Legend highway.

• Use only marked trails. Fishing • Along Cypress Creek during high-water periods. Do not park on roadway or block gate. About the Property Purchased to provide flood protection and serve as a public water supply.Cypress Creek Preserve 8720 Pump Station Road Land O’ Lakes.” which are collectively known as Florida flatwoods. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 42 . FL 34639 Recreational Opportunities Bicycling and Inline Skating • 5 miles of paved and unpaved cycling on designated or marked trails. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. • Nonpotable water source available. which is accessed from Ehren Cutoff (CR 583). Sign in at registration station located inside gate. Follow signs to Cypress Creek Well Field. • West gate at west end of Pump Station Road. Due to private land holdings. Limited Access Areas • Restricted areas around water facilities. 4470 Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset.7 miles north of Pine View Middle School. there is no public access beyond TBW to railroad tracks or SR 52. No parking available at this gate. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for license requirements. Cypress Creek is a tributary of the Hillsborough River. 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211. group and primitive camping. fire rings and/or grills. east of Land O’ Lakes Camping • Separate sites available for equestrian. ext. Parking available. Access and Parking • Primary access is from Parkway Boulevard. 0. • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets.400 acres Location Central Pasco County. • Portable toilet available. • ADA access and facilities available. • Several miles of wooded roads available. Equestrian Use • 12 miles of marked trails from Parkway Boulevard access point. 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). • A free reservation is required and must be displayed on dashboard at campground. Cypress Creek’s floodplain helps filter nutrients in runoff waters. Restrooms and Water • No restrooms or water available at entrances. Picnic Facilities • Limited picnic tables in camp areas. • Riders are required to stay on marked trails. • Walk-thru entrance on east side at end of Quail Hollow Boulevard. • Paved road through the property continues northeast to adjoining property owned by TBW. Size 7. Slash pine. Southwest Florida Water Management District. • Portable toilets and nonpotable water available at equestrian and group campsites. Nearby Recreation Lands • Conner Preserve • Starkey Wilderness Preserve For More Information Land Resources Department. midway between SR 52 and US 41. • Man-made impoundments located in southern portion of property. Small day-use parking area outside gate. • Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test. Hiking • Paved road available (Pump Station Road). Within the property. • Sites have picnic tables. the creek threads its way through an expanse of cypress and hardwood forests. longleaf pine and palmetto grow on the higher “ridges.

Swamp d. major road minor road paved trail designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river.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. stream lake. 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. E G 583 s Pa R co k Par yB wa Exit 279 Ch esley To W apel 54 . S R Big Cypress Ehren Cutoff Quail Hollow Blvd. lvd 41 54 Land O’ Lakes 581 Cy pr es s 75 mp a To T a Cypress Creek Preserve Legend highway. access point & parking equestrian camping* group camping* disabled access toilet control structure * primitive campsites General Location 43 .

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

stream lake.Kin gs H ighw ay To Ar ca dia RV Griffin Reserve SW Peace River St. I- 75 B DESOTO CO. major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river. highway. group and primitive camping backcountry camping disabled access toilet General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 45 . 769 Deep Creek Park Pea ce ree De C ep Riv e r k To Por t Ch arlo tte. 0 0.5 1 scale in miles Deep Creek Preserve DESOTO CO. pond forest wetland/swamp B access point & parking picnicking boat ramp equestrian. CHARLOTTE CO.

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

RV P RV boardwalk Edward Medard Reservoir Water-Control Structure Durant Rd. stream lake.To Brandon 60 To Bartow Turkey Creek Rd. reek ey C Turk Pleasant Grove 0 0. major road minor road paved trail designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river. 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. General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 47 .5 1 2 scale in miles Edward Medard Park and Reservoir Legend highway.

scrub. Size 2. 4470 Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 48 . but a high diversity of natural understory species remain. The dominant natural communities are pine flatwoods. Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. The southern portion contains the freshwater marsh that gives the tract its name.Edward W. freshwater marsh and hardwood hammocks. south side of road. FL 34251 Access and Parking Entrance approximately 7 miles east of Lake Manatee on SR 64. Restrooms and Water No restrooms or water available.100 acres Recreational Opportunities Hiking • Approximately 6 miles of interior roads. Location Eastern Manatee County. Southwest Florida Water Management District. ext. scrubby flatwoods. The marsh retains surface water after rains and slowly releases it into the Myakka River through Coker Creek. The pine overstory in the flatwoods was logged by prior owners. east of Lake Manatee About the Property Part of the District’s Lake Manatee Reserve project. Chance Reserve — Coker Prairie Tract 34300 East SR 64 Myakka City. 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211. this property contains relatively unaltered natural land. Nearby Recreation Lands • Manatee County’s Duette Park and Rye Wilderness Park • Lake Manatee State Park For More Information Land Resources Department. The northern portion of the tract has a higher elevation and drains into the Manatee River.

Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands Little Coker Prairie t For ford Craw r ke Co ek Cre ek Cre 0 0.5 1 scale in miles General Location 49 . stream lake. pond forest wetland/swamp access point & parking MANATEE CO. Chance Reserve — Coker Prairie Tract Legend highway. major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river.To Bradenton Duette Park 64 Duette Park Ma nat ee R iver Webb Bran ch Edward W.

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

Oak Knoll Boggy 675 Lake Manatee Lake Manatee State Park 0 64 Gil Ru tla nd Rd . au ma Man atee River 0.5 1 2 scale in miles Edward W. stream lake. Chance Reserve — Gilley Creek Tract General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 51 . ley Cr ee W To To Bradenton k im Legend highway.Tyre Creek y r ve Ha ng Pro Cr ee k Oak Knoll Rd. major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river. pond forest wetland/swamp access point & parking MANATEE CO.

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

W laco ith ee River oc h Withlacoochee State Forest Jumper Creek Wildlife Management Area 0 0. Floral City Legend highway. To n Driv Ede 41 US Flying Eagle Preserve W ith lac oo c Moccasin S lou gh he e Riv er Rd . General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 53 . ss oy S B cou tR 470 d. e N.Half Moon – Gum Slough 44 To I-75 e ern Inv To US 41. 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. stream lake. Flying Eagle Preserve B CITRUS CO. e. D nd ad E Fort Cooper State Park Main Rd. e Rd. l rai la T Tsa Lak e SUMTER CO. Dik Ap 41 r Withlacoochee State T op ka Gobbler Dr. G P E Carlson Rd. pond forest wetland/swamp E G P B ail 48 E Trails nd Rd .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.

The property is heavily wooded with native vegetation and is composed of approximately 41 percent uplands and 59 percent wetlands and streams. 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. Size 4. About the Property This property was purchased from the South Florida Council. The Gulf Ridge Council uses the lands for compatible recreational opportunities and environmental education programs associated with the operation of a youth center. Contact Gulf Ridge Council of the Boy Scouts of America for reservations. the Gulf Ridge Council manages 580 acres of the McGregor Smith tract.Flying Eagle Preserve — McGregor Smith Boy Scout Reservation 12650 East Boy Scout Road Inverness. the District entered into a lease agreement with the Gulf Ridge Council of the Boy Scouts of America. • ADA access and facilities available. • Follow marked trails. The eastern portion of the property is bordered by the Withlacoochee River for approximately three miles. Small fee and reservations required.964 acres Location Eastern Citrus County Camping • Separate group. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 54 . Hiking • Several miles of unimproved maintenance roads. Restrooms and Water Portable toilet available. Boy Scouts of America in 2004 to preserve and protect water resources. Inc. In 2006. FL 34450 Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset.334 acres of protected lands. 44 east of Inverness. primitive and backcountry camping areas available for individual camping. no water available. This property is adjacent to the Flying Eagle Preserve that together encompasses 16. • Reservations can be made up to 30 days in advance. ecological values and cultural and historical resources. Picnic Facilities • Large picnic pavilion. All recreational opportunities on the tract lie within this leased area. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. Recreational Opportunities Bicycling • Several miles of unimproved roads. (813) 872-2691 Access and Parking • From Hwy. • Picnic tables and grills available. Under the agreement. Small fee and reservation required.. travel 6 miles and turn right on East Boy Scout Road. travel one-half mile to parking area on right. • Cabin rentals available.

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

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

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

see individual descriptions for Colt Creek State Park and East. Recognizing the statewide significance of this area.052 acres. the Hillsborough and the Peace. 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 . These types include. As a plateau above surrounding areas. Rainwater drains across the surface to create the headwaters of four major rivers: the Withlacoochee. The District began purchasing the area in the early 1970s and is still carrying on acquisitions to protect the area’s natural uniqueness. which will benefit current and future residents of southwest Florida. Nearly 36 miles of the Withlacoochee River’s 110-mile length are protected as an Outstanding Florida Water within the Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve. but are not limited to.350 acres. sandhills. Because the Green Swamp region is elevated above outlying areas and the underground aquifer rises very close to the land surface. flatwoods. from school groups to master birders.067 acres.149 acres. Protecting the Green Swamp is vital to protecting the quality and quantity of Florida’s water supply. Hampton. reptiles and butterfly species. This intact ecosystem attracts many types of wildlife. the region functions as the pressure head for the aquifer.000 acres Location Four-corner area of Lake.000 acres of the Green Swamp region as an Area of Critical State Concern. Its 560. the state of Florida in 1974 designated 322.) Size 110. Little Withlacoochee and West tracts. Hampton Tract — 11. oak hammocks. Visitors can hike over the vast road network or hike the Florida National Scenic Trail. flatlands and low ridges are bounded by prominent sandy ridgelines. Little Withlacoochee and West tracts.000 acres of wetlands. Pasco. East Tract — 51. the primary source of drinking water for most Floridians. and East. observers will notice a land that has been preserved to keep its natural beauty. Recreational Opportunities On the following pages. The preserve is divided into five management units: Colt Creek State Park — 5. and West Tract — 37. The preserve is an excellent place for bird watching and observing other wildlife from mammals. amphibians. east of Dade City About the Property The area is an ideal place where visitors.446 acres. Hampton. The characteristic cypress ponds that dot the landscape can only be found in central Florida.Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve (On following pages. can visit and explore some of central Florida’s flora and fauna found in a natural state that has had little modification by man. Polk and Sumter counties. which bisects the area. The area contains a variety of different habitat types with a wide diversity of plant life. Little Withlacoochee Tract — 4. the Ocklawaha. the Green Swamp region is an important physiographic feature of Florida. river swamp and cypress ponds. This is an illustration of central Florida’s natural heritage. Rainwater also trickles down through the soil to replenish the Floridan aquifer system. Along the trail and road system in the area. see individual descriptions for Colt Creek State Park.

Deen Still Rd. PASCO CO. SUMTER CO. To U S Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve Legend highway. e och aco t Sta Flee Van Flo ri Sceda N nic atio Tra nal il 98 SUMTER CO. Little Wit hl LAKE CO. 98 54 301 POLK CO. Green 98 B ee och Withlaco Rive r Florida National Scenic Trail G Zephyrhills 54 Hill sboro ugh Rive r PASCO CO. General Location 59 . major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river. eR iver ail te Tr HERNANDO CO. 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. stream lake. Florida National Scenic Trail or state trail parking group camping equestrian camping primitive camping backcountry camping disabled access toilet POLK CO. 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.301 50 SUMTER CO. Ro ck Rid ge R Upper Hillsborough Preserve Colt Creek State Park Hampton Tract G d. PASCO CO. 33 To SR Pond Rd.

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

PASCO CO. pond forest wetland/swamp Colt Creek State Park access point parking disabled access toilet POLK CO. stream lake. 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.5 1 lan d scale in miles Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve Legend highway. SUMTER CO. major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river. POLK CO. General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 61 . 471 98 To L ake 0 0.

fire rings and/or grills. • Backcountry sites include Trial Ford. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for license requirements.Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve Fishing • Fishing and frogging allowed throughout year.149 acres Location Southwestern Lake.) 17301 Rock Ridge Road Polk City. Tillman Lake and Mott Prairie. For More Information Land Resources Department. contact Florida Trail Association at 1-877-445-3352 (FL only) or (352) 378-8823. • Vehicle access from Rock Ridge Road for fishing is only permitted on weekends in May and June. • FWC rules and regulations must be observed throughout the year. sites have picnic tables. northern Polk and southeastern Sumter counties Access and Parking • Main vehicle access on south side of Green Swamp on Rock Ridge Road. some trails are excessively wet during certain times of year. • Parking also at Main Grade and SR 471. Recreational Opportunities Bicycling • Over 71 miles of unpaved service roads. FL 33868 Hiking • Total 32.9-mile overnight loop and a 7. Camping • Camping not permitted during hunts. • For more information. • Prepare for wet hiking. • 13. • A free reservation is required and must be displayed on dashboard at campground. approximately 10 miles northeast of US 98 and 6 miles west of SR 33. 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211. Blue blaze symbols indicate side trails.7-mile day loop. • Orange blaze symbols indicate primary trail. Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. • Several additional walk-thru gates throughout property. Florida National Scenic Trail • The Florida National Scenic Trail is maintained by the Florida Trail Association. White blaze symbols indicate overnight loop. East Tract (See Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve for overall information. Hunting • Contact FWC for information regarding license requirements and permits. 4470 Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 62 . • During hunts. ext. Southwest Florida Water Management District. Size 51. • Use only marked trails • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. Small day-use parking area at Rock Ridge gate. This trail continues through Green Swamp West Tract and up to the Richloam Tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest.4 miles of Florida National Scenic Trail run through Green Swamp East and West tracts. Double blaze symbols indicate a sharp turn in trail. hikers are encouraged to wear hunter orange or other bright color above the waist. Restrooms and Water No restrooms or water available.

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

Hiking • Several miles of unimproved trails/roads available.Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve Camping • Equestrian. • A free reservation is required and must be displayed on dashboard at campground. Southwest Florida Water Management District. • Prepare for wet hiking. • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets. • Site has a picnic shelter — this is a common area.052 acres Equestrian Use • Approximately 28 miles of multiuse trails. • Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. Restrooms and Water • No restrooms or water available at entrance.) 18490 Rock Ridge Road Lakeland. • Vault toilet and nonpotable water sources available at campground. approximately 7 miles northeast of US 98. For More Information Land Resources Department. • Approximately 28 miles of multiuse trails. some trails are excessively wet during certain times of year. Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. FL 33809 Size 11. it cannot be reserved. • ADA access and facilities available. Picnic Facilities • Limited picnic facilities by entrance. Hampton Tract (See Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve for overall information. Fishing • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for license requirements. • Day-use parking area at Hampton gate. 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211. fire rings and/or grills. 4470 Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 64 . group and primitive camping available. Recreational Opportunities Bicycling • Use only marked trails. ext. Location Northwestern Polk County Access and Parking • Main vehicle access on south side of Green Swamp on Rock Ridge Road. • Riders are required to stay on marked trails. • Nonpotable water source available. • Sites have picnic tables.

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. 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. r Cre Gato ek Hampton Gate Deen Still Rd.POLK CO. SUMTER CO. stream lake. 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. Dr ain .

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

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

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

Lacoochee B Withlacoochee State Forest High Bluff Camp Withlacoochee State Forest Ma in L ine Rd . stream lake. 41 578 Dade City 52 Riv er 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. General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 69 . 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. Auton 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. Gator Hole Camp B Cumpressco Entrance Clinton Ave. 301 98 B Foster Bridge Camp nc h Rd . major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river.

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

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

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

pond forest wetland/swamp city boundary General Location access point & parking parking MARION CO. stream lake. disabled access toilet Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 73 To Moxon Rd. Pasture Rd. Oaks Rd. MA RIO NC O. major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river. Hálpata Tastanaki Preserve Legend highway. O ca la . r Fo r Tr ail CIT RUS .Dunnellon Dunnellon Municipal Airport 484 Pruitt Trailhead Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway For t Iz ard Rd . CO Rive za tI rd Rd . Plantation Lane Cedar Grove Church Ross Prairie State Forest 200 39 Citrus Springs Two Mile Prairie W ith lac oo che eR ive r Holder 491 0 41 1 2 scale in miles To Hernando SUMTER CO.

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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sand pine scrub and oak hammocks. Size 4. Nearby Recreation Lands • Balm-Boyette Scrub Nature Preserve • Cockroach Creek Greenway Nature Preserve • Little Manatee River State Park For More Information Hillsborough County Parks. • Additional access provided through walk-thru gates on perimeter of property. Recreation and Conservation Department. Recreation and Conservation Department. southeast of Ruskin Paddling • Little Manatee River has a striking beauty. parking on road shoulder. unless posted closed. About the Property Acquired jointly between the District and Hillsborough County. south of SR 674 and Saffold Road.Little Manatee River Upper Tract 3398 CR 579 Wimauma. this property is managed by the Hillsborough County Parks. riverine floodplains. The property supports a variety of wildlife species due to the diversity and quality of the natural communities. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for license requirements. The natural communities on the property include freshwater marshes. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 86 . Restrooms and Water No restrooms or water available.364 acres Hiking • Network of old trail roads available. which makes it exceptionally popular for paddling when water conditions are right. pine flatwoods. (813) 672-7876 Access and Parking • Primary access is walk-thru gates on CR 579. south of Wimauma. Location Southern Hillsborough County. Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. FL 33598 Recreational Opportunities Fishing • All water bodies open for fishing.

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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.

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5 miles. • Bathhouse and picnic facilities provided.) 15098 Dead River Road Thonotosassa. travel east for 1. Nature lovers appreciate a scenic twomile trail alongside the Hillsborough River. Size 21 acres About the Property Situated at the confluence of Dead River and the Hillsborough River. Hours of Operation • Daily from 9 a. but donations to “iron ranger” appreciated. Do not skid. • 2-mile natural surface river trail. All donations go toward park improvements. Turn left onto US 301.25-mile hiking trail for use by campers located adjacent to campground. Groups must have their own insurance.m.75 miles to a gate. Picnic Facilities • Picnic tables located a short walk from parking area. water fountain and telephone located by picnic area. Pay close attention to flow of river and look for trail markers. Bicycles allowed on river trail. For More Information • Hillsborough County’s Dead River Wilderness Park. • Free admission. (813) 987-6210 • Hillsborough County Parks. • ADA access and facilities available. dry ground for rest breaks is hard to find and the many forking channels can easily disorient paddlers. • Downstream is Seventeen Runs. Saturday and Sunday.Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve Bird Watching • Site 104 on western section of Great Florida Birding Trail. this park is a pleasant place to unwind. Follow this road 0. • Hillsborough River State Park located further upstream. • Disabled individuals may contact park in advance for special vehicle access. elevated single-lane road. Recreation and Conservation Department. • A 0. Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. Access and Parking • About nine miles northeast of I-75. (813) 672-7876 • Hillsborough River Canoe Trail maps available from Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Deadfall obstacles are frequent. Drive about 8 miles and look for Dead River Road on left. Fishing • Available on Hillsborough River. to 5:30 p. Always yield to foot travelers. • Contact FWC for license requirements. Restrooms and Water Restroom. Saturday and Sunday. Experienced paddlers only. Paddling • Canoe launch is a short portage from parking area. Minimum of 6 and maximum of 30 campers allowed. for bicycle and pedestrian access. • Owners are requested to pick up after dog. FL 33592 Camping • Campsite available to youth groups by reservation only. This portion of Hillsborough River State Canoe Trail is designated as a primitive trail.m. • Canoe landing upstream one mile at old Reagan home site. • Vehicle access allowed on Friday. Office of Greenways & Trails. 1-877822-5208 (toll-free) or (850) 245-2052 Recreational Opportunities Bicycling • • • • • 2-mile unpaved. drive to parking lot at end of road — about 2 miles. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 90 . Dogs • Dogs must be on a leash no more than six feet in length. Dead River Park (See Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve for more information. heading north. • Visitors may drive scenic entrance road to main parking area during normal operating hours on Friday. If open. Hiking • 2-mile entrance road. From I-75 exit at Fowler Avenue. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for more information.

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

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

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

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Morris Bridge Road bisects the park. Dogs • Dogs must be on a leash no more than six feet in length. Rest shelter provided at halfway point on trail. All donations go toward park improvements. Parking available on both sides of the road. a 0. • Owners are requested to pick up after dog.) 13330 Morris Bridge Road Thonotosassa. Water and Other Amenities Restroom. Located on the Hillsborough River. fish. From I-75 exit at Fletcher Avenue. • Contact FWC for license requirements. hawks and wading birds are commonly seen on this property. canoe launch. turtles. • Free admission. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for more information. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. (813) 987-6209 • Hillsborough River Canoe Trail maps available from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Office of Greenways and Trails. frogs. a 0. water fountain. Hours of Operation • Open daily from sunrise to sunset. but donations to “iron ranger” appreciated. Picnic Facilities • Picnic tables and pavilion on south side of park. boat dock and trailer parking on north side of park. (813) 672-7876 Recreational Opportunities Bicycling • Off-road cyclists enjoy the Wilderness Loop Trail (see Off-Road Loop Trail property description). Bird Watching • Site 101 on western section of Great Florida Birding Trail.75-mile shell trail along an old tram road. Morris Bridge Park (See Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve for more information. 1-877822-5208 (toll free) or (850) 245-2052 • Hillsborough County Parks. • Boardwalk under Morris Bridge Road along Hillsborough River connects two sides of park and provides access for fishing. • ADA access and facilities available. Beware of slippery boards. pay telephone and bike wash on north side of park. including two covered shelters. water snakes. • Primitive fishing trail runs south of park along river.25-mile boardwalk circumnavigates an island in Hillsborough River. • On north side. • Park is subject to closure during high water. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 98 . the park is best known for its river fishing. Restrooms. Access and Parking • 3. • This section of the Hillsborough River State Canoe Trail immerses one in a native habitat rich with wildlife and large bald cypress trees. For More Information • Morris Bridge Park. • Primitive trail heading south along river winds through a forest to gazebo. Recreation and Conservation Department. Size 106 acres About the Property Alligators.5 miles northeast of I-75 on Morris Bridge Road (CR 579).Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve Boating and Paddling • Boat ramp. • Trail runners and hikers enjoy the Wilderness Loop Trail (see Off-Road Loop Trail property description). Hiking • On south side. • Fishing available from boardwalk on north side of park. FL 33592 Fishing • Fishing docks on each side of park.

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

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

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

Ba ysh ore Tra il Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve Legend highway. major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river. picnic area disabled access toilet canoe launch boardwalk county ranger General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 105 Trout Cr eek Water-Control Structure . stream lake.M ain Tra il Hillsborough River To M orris Brid ge R d. a nd F letc her Ave . pond forest wetland/swamp Trout Creek Park parking HILLSBOROUGH CO.

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

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

Restrooms and Water No restrooms or water available. Upper Myakka Lake and the waters within Myakka River State Park. • Prepare for wet hiking. Youngs Creek. Size 2.357 acres Location Eastern Manatee County. 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. hardwood forests and pine flatwoods scattered along the periphery of the property. The upper reaches of the Myakka River flow through the swamp along with other major tributaries. Nearby Recreation Lands • Manatee County’s Duette Park • Lake Manatee State Park Limited Access Areas Access is limited because property is generally flooded. Sand Slough. 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211. The habitat within the property is mostly bottomland swamp and freshwater marsh. parking to accommodate a limited number of visitors to property. but those hardy enough to venture out will be rewarded with the uniqueness of unspoiled Florida. does not provide parking. FL 34251 Access and Parking • From I-75. 4470 Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 108 . Wauchula Road is located at the eastern edge of the property and provides the best access. Southwest Florida Water Management District. head south to the intersection of Wauchula and Taylor roads. Access is only feasible by foot. 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. Coker Creek. head east on SR 64 to Wauchula Road. ext. For more information Land Resources Department. including Long Creek. There are rangelands. Hiking • Narrow flatwoods roads. 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. some trails are excessively wet during certain times of year. north of Myakka City Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. • Unmarked trails — use of navigation devices suggested. which is not conducive to recreational trail development. Ogleby Creek and Boggy Creek.Myakka River — Flatford Swamp Preserve 39450 Taylor Road Myakka City. • Walk-thru entrance at intersection of Taylor and Wauchula roads. Recreational Opportunities Fishing • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for license requirements. Maple Creek. • Walk-thru off Wauchula Road in the southeast portion of property.

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

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

2 scale in miles General Location 111 . pond forest wetland/swamp walk-thru access point & parking SARASOTA CO. Memorial Reserve De e r Pr air ie 0 Slo ug 1 h Myakka River State Park — Myakka Prairie Tract Legend highway. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands Buc kM Trail ann we Po rlin e Rd . 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.M ya kk a Ri ve r SARASOTA CO. Mabry Carlton. major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river. stream lake. MANATEE CO. Jr.

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

Rd Shell . P Pine Straw Campsite West Port Charlotte Englewood South Loop sm Fore ail an Tr SARASOTA CO. 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 . major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river. parking. Road Winc P Watering Hole Campsite Jennings Blvd. 0 0. restroom disabled access toilet SARASOTA CO. stream lake. CHARLOTTE CO. scale in miles Myakka State Forest Legend highway. CHARLOTTE CO. General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 113 . pond forest wetland/swamp city boundary P trail access & parking vehicle access point parking picnic area canoe launch primitive camping trail shelter ranger office. East River Rd.5 1 2 Foresman Blvd.41 North Port Big Slo ug h North Port SARASOTA CO.

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

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. General Location forest wetland/swamp Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 115 . SUMTER CO. 0 0. stream lake.5 1 scale in miles Panasoffkee Outlet Legend highway. major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river. pond walk-thru access point & parking boat ramp picnic area SUMTER CO.

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

d. Ho int Po p Rd. No r th Loo pR Pe n Cu George Washington Pasture S er Ott lide d.5 1 scale in miles Potts Preserve Legend highway. General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 117 . W i th l Riv tof f o ac oc h iv ee R er R er d. Water-Control Structure S-353 CO. m 0. in Ma . Rd No rth Lo op River Camp P Tsala Apopka Lake Dee River Rd. stream lake. 581 rn nve To I ess 581 0 Tu rne rC a Rd .CITRUS MARION CO. SUMTER CO. Equestrian Camp E Oak Hammock Camp G oty Rd. 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 . major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river.

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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General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 121 .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. DESOTO CO. 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.csms-rc.SARASOTA CO. stream lake. go to www. pond forest wetland/swamp city boundary access point & parking disabled access toilet model airplane flying field (For info.org ) DESOTO CO.

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

major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line boardwalk river. 275 689 62nd Ave.275 Pinellas Park Ga y nd Blv d. Sawgrass Lake Park Legend highway. 600 Ma Sawgrass Lake Sawgrass Trail ple il Tra 19 borrow pit St. 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. stream lake.

” The park is named after Jay B. freshwater marshes. Like many District properties. Size 18. who purchased the land in 1937 and then developed a cattle ranch and timber operation. Without a source of clean fresh water. hiking. the Anclote River. 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. B. Public acquisition of these lands has maintained this large wetland system as a functioning intact ecosystem. Starkey Wilderness Park and Serenova Tract. Nearby Recreation Lands • Suncoast Trail • Conner Preserve Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 124 .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. The Anclote River Ranch Tract can be accessed from the hiking trails in J. and popular fish species. sandhill and scrub. 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 2. picnic shelters. 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. Equestrian/ group and primitive camping are also available at Serenova. initiating the concept of permanently protecting the land and its resources for future generations. 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.000-acre wetland ecosystem spread throughout approximately 18. B. The J. sea trout and mullet.000 acres of conservation lands. and camping cabins. cypress domes. Starkey Wilderness Park and provides visitors the opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the preserve with little sign of human presence. the Pithlachascotee River. such as seagrass. biking and equestrian trails. Starkey. Sr. 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. Starkey Wilderness Park • Serenova Tract • Anclote River Ranch Tract On the following pages. Starkey donated several hundred acres to the District. but visitors can hike on the existing unmarked trails and roads. the preserve serves as a natural buffer for one of the region’s main freshwater resources. The preserve consists of three tracts: • J. a primitive campground. Mr.300 acres of wetland communities in Serenova combine with the wetlands in Starkey Wilderness Park to form a connected 6. These tracts have limited amenities and provide visitors a more rustic outdoor experience. stream and lake swamps.. aquatic plants.000 acres Location Western Pasco County. The Serenova Tract is a favorite for horseback riding with trails that wind through all major natural communities on the preserve. No trails are marked on the Anclote River Ranch Tract. The Serenova and Anclote River Ranch tracts are managed by the District for passive naturebased outdoor recreation activities. see individual property descriptions for the J. the estuaries could not serve as the vital link in the life cycle of numerous species of birds. B. B. 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. such as redfish.

Ridge Rd .52 1 G P E 52 587 Mo on La ke Rd . 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.5 Suncoast Parkway and Trail 1 d. stream lake. 589 rk Sta 2 scale in miles Starkey Wilderness Preserve Legend highway. Starkey Wilderness Park Cross Branch DeCubellis Rd. 0 0. General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 125 . Blv ey d. Blv J. Serenova Tract Bayou a lach Pith ee R scot iver Wilderness Rd. B. Anclote Riv er Anclote River Ranch Tract 1 54 Sta rke yB lvd . major road minor road paved trail designated trail property boundary (SWFWMD) other public lands county line river.

Restrooms and Water Four restrooms and water fountains. east of New Port Richey Access and Parking • From SR 54. • Backcountry camping available. developed by local chapter of Audubon Society. • Reservation and fee are required and can be made up to 30 days in advance. • Contact FWC for license requirements.m. • 3 primitive campsites off trails with picnic tables. grills and fire rings. • Riders must stay on marked trails.3 miles.7-mile paved trail. Park Facilities • Large playground. • Owners are requested to pick up after dogs. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. Nearby Recreation Lands • Conner Preserve • Starkey Wildnerness Preserve — Serenova Tract • Suncoast Trail For More Information • Tent and cabin reservations: Starkey Wilderness Park. then left on Wilderness Road into park. left on Starkey Boulevard. athletic field. left on DeCubellis Road 0. right on River Crossing Boulevard for 1. (727) 934-4198 • Pasco County Parks & Recreation Department. • Campsites for cars and primitive cabins available. • Dogs must be on leash no more than six feet in length. go north on Little Road (CR 1) 2. running water and electricity. disabledaccessible. Dogs • Allowed only in day-use area. left on Starkey Boulevard for 0. to sunset. then right on Wilderness Road into park. Rental fee. • Reservations can be made up to 30 days in advance. Picnic Facilities • 5 picnic shelters with grills. Recreational Opportunities Bicycling and Inline Skating • Park connects to 42-mile paved Suncoast Trail via the 6. FL 34655 Size 8.2 miles.7-mile paved trail. From SR 52.8 miles. • Corral and watering trough located in equestrian parking/staging area. Fishing • Limited freshwater fishing available along Anclote and Pithlachascotee rivers. J. (727) 834-3247 • Shelter and pavilion reservations. • Contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for more information. • Groups can reserve tent site or cabins up to 90 days in advance. (813) 929-2760 Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 126 . Nearly 150 species of birds have been identified in park. Supplies and provisions must be packed in. • 6. • 2 large fee-rental pavilions seat up to 100 each and have large grill. • Riders are required to stay on marked trails. Each shelter seats up to 50 people.Starkey Wilderness Preserve Camping • Separate primitive camping areas available for individual and equestrian camping. • Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test. Bird Watching • Site 73 on western section of Great Florida Birding Trail.3 miles. volleyball courts. Starkey Wilderness Park (See Starkey Wilderness Preserve for overall information. Hours of Operation Daily from 6 a. B.) 10500 Wilderness Park Boulevard New Port Richey. • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets. Hiking • 27 miles of marked trails. Location Western Pasco County. go south on Moon Lake Road (CR 587) 6. • Fire pits for bonfires. • ADA access and facilities available.000 acres Equestrian Use • 10 miles of marked equestrian trails.3 miles. • Equestrian camping allowed at some campsites.

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

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

5 Suncoast Parkway and Trail 1 scale in miles Starkey Wilderness Preserve Legend highway. 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 . 589 Pithla c has cote eR iver Cross Branch Bayou 0 J. major road minor road designated trail property boundary (SWFWMD) other public lands county line river. Starkey Wilderness Park 0.Hayes Rd.B. pond forest wetland/swamp E G P Serenova Tract access point & parking PASCO CO. 587 52 d eR ak nL o Mo E G P . stream lake.

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

General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 131 . stream lake. pond forest wetland/swamp city boundary walk-thru access point & parking HILLSBOROUGH CO.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. major road minor road designated trail property boundary (SWFWMD) other public lands county line river.

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

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

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

stream lake. (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 . 97th Street East Frog Creek Rock Payne Rd.41 p Tam a Ba y Bishop Harbor Bishop Harbor Rd. major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river. 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. General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 135 .

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

25 0. 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.MARION CO. pond forest wetland/swamp E P access point & parking equestrian camping primitive camping observation tower restrooms CITRUS CO. major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river.5 Hernando scale in miles Two Mile Prairie Legend highway. CITRUS CO. General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 137 . stream lake.

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

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. POLK CO.e Withlacooch 35A e River Green Swamp West Tract 301 98 E 535 P G Upper Hillsborough Tract PASCO CO. scale in miles P E G PASCO CO. Saunders Rd. 301 39 River ough bor Hills 0 1 2 County Line Rd. General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 139 . POLK CO. 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. stream lake. Deems Rd. HILLSBOROUGH CO. Upper Hillsborough Preserve Legend highway. POLK CO.

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

0 0.5 1 scale in miles Upper Hillsborough Preserve Legend highway. PASCO CO. pond forest wetland/swamp E G P Alston Tract access point & parking equestrian camping group camping primitive camping disabled access toilet POLK CO.Upper Hillsborough Preserve — Upper Hillsborough Tract CS X ilro Ra ad Deems Rd. HILLSBOROUGH CO. POLK 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. stream lake.

primitive and backcountry camping available. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 142 . contact the Florida Trail Association at 1-877-445-3352 (in FL) or (352) 378-8823. • Orange blaze symbols denote primary trail. • Contact FWC for information regarding license requirements and permits. • Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test. • Use only marked trails. Upper Hillsborough Tract 41404 CR 54 Zephyrhills. • Additional access points are located off CR 35A and CR 535.Upper Hillsborough Preserve Fishing • Fishing and frogging allowed throughout year. about 3 miles east of Zephyrhills. • Florida Trail Association maintains 3. 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211. • No amenities available. group. Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. • For more information. Hunting • FWC rules and regulations must be observed throughout the year. blue denotes side trails. • A free reservation is required and must be displayed on dashboard at campground.978 acres Location East of Zephyrhills Access and Parking • Primary access point is on CR 54 (not available during hunts). • No bridges at Hillsborough River crossings. Restrooms and Water No restrooms or water 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. Size 6. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for license requirements. • Access to Hillsborough River by foot only. • Horseback riding allowed year-round on the Alston Tract. May be seasonally wet or flooded. For More Information Land Resources Department. • Additional 24 miles of interior roads available. requires a free reservation. ext. • Riders are required to stay on marked trails.5 miles of hiking trails. • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets. Recreational Opportunities Bicycling • 12 miles of woods roads marked for multiuse. 4470 Equestrian Use • 12 miles of woods roads marked for multiuse recreation. double blaze denotes sharp turn. Southwest Florida Water Management District. equestrian access available. • Horse-drawn buggy riding only on marked trails. Nearby Recreation Lands • Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve • Hillsborough County’s Blackwater Creek Preserve Camping • Equestrian.

stream lake.e Withlacooch 35A e River Green Swamp West Tract 98 E G P 535 ord Rd. Hills borou gh R iver Chancey Rd. West oop Rd. POLK CO. pond forest wetland/swamp city boundary E G P B Upper Hillsborough Tract highway. Fox Bra nch X CS B 54 Zephyrhills B Ea st Lo op Rd. major road walk-thru PASCO CO. access point & parking equestrian camping group camping primitive camping backcountry camping General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 143 . L PASCO CO. 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.

Bird Watching • Site 69 on west section of Great Florida Birding Trail.Weekiwachee Preserve 2121 Osowaw Boulevard Spring Hill.” under which strategies were established for the protection and restoration of Florida’s springs. The acquisition was in support of Governor Bush’s “Springs Initiative. On November 1. Public ownership protects the wetlands’ natural functions of conveying spring water to the gulf. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for more information. About the Property The Weekiwachee Preserve is part of a regional system of conservation lands that extend up to Crystal River Buffer Preserve. • 4. 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211. Do not back vehicles or trailers onto bank. scenic woods roads. Southwest Florida Water Management District. dense hardwood swamps. The preserve provides a rich mosaic of habitats including several miles of Weeki Wachee River frontage. • Use caution launching boats — banks can be unstable. • Boats must be carried to the lake — there is no boat ramp. • On second and fourth Saturday of each month. In 2001. Fishing • Numerous lakes inhabited by both freshwater and saltwater species. • Electric trolling motors allowed. Caution: banks can be unstable. west of Weeki Wachee Restrooms and Water Disabled access toilet available. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets.206 acres Location Hernando County coast. • 1.3-mile paved road adjoining the Osowaw Boulevard entrance. Hundreds of wading birds roost here every night and some nesting activity has been observed. The bears are shy. including placing them in public ownership. ext. preserving the southernmost coastal hardwood hammock in western Florida. Recreational Opportunities Bicycling • 5. • ADA access and facilities available. but bank fishing is permitted. Research/Limited Access Area This area has been reopened to visitors. the District purchased the property surrounding the first-magnitude Weeki Wachee Spring from the city of St. visitors may drive into preserve through the Osowaw Boulevard entrance and park at end of paved road. Picnic Facilities • Limited picnic facilities in park.5 miles of bicycling on dirt lanes and paved road. Hiking • 5. freshwater and saltwater marshes. 4470 Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 144 . 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. spending most of their time deep in the forest. FL 34607 Hours of Operation • Daily from sunrise to sunset. For More Information Land Resources Department. portions of the Mud River.3 miles of marked. • Gas-powered outboards not allowed. the District entered into a lease agreement with the Florida Parks Service for their management of the property as a state park. canoes and kayaks. Boating and Paddling • Lakes open to hand-launched boats. Size 11. and pine-covered sandhills. The preserve is best known for its Florida black bear population. Petersburg. as well as buffering nearby residential communities from tropical storms. 2008.5-mile unpaved trail and paved road. elusive and pose no threat to people. Visitors are asked to take special care in this sensitive area as it has become a significant bird roosting site. Boats are not allowed on the lakes in this area. • Contact FWC for license requirements. cleansing surface water and providing flood protection.

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. scale in miles Weekiwachee Preserve Legend highway. 597 Dead End Creek South Lake Rd . Bea r nt Bur Cla w Rd . 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. stream lake. General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 145 . San d Pit Rd. major road minor road paved trail designated trail property boundary other public lands river. 0 1 2 595 Co m Hernando Beach Spring Hill me rci al W ay Rd . Spr in gH ill D r. Loop Rd.Gulf of Mexico Bayport Park Jenkins Creek Park Cor tez 597 Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Blvd .

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

General Location P Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 147 . major road minor road paved park road designated trail SWFWMD property boundary park boundary county line river. eB che W Auton Rd. 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. 352-567-0264) PASCO CO. stream lake. 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.T an o Ri d U ver S 3 Rd 01 . co o hla Wit lvd.

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

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.

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 ) .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). B. Chance Reserve — Coker Prairie Tract 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. 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.

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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. 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 .

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