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

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. B. Starkey Wilderness Park — Paved trails Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 3 . off-road trail • Myakka State Forest — Multiuse.7-mile Starkey Trail winds through the 18. For the more adventurous rider. Bike trails are primarily double-track. The District usually provides the land and funding to build most of the facilities. off-road trail • Starkey Wilderness Preserve — J. 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. The 6. natural settings. These trails offer some of the best long-distance bicycling opportunities in west-central Florida. off-road. while the partner provides the on-site staff to manage the parks on a daily basis. Best Opportunities Recreational Opportunities Available Bicycling From the novice to the expert trails. multiuse trails located on old dirt roads that wind through pine flatwoods and around beautiful wetlands.000-acre Starkey Wilderness Preserve and connects to the 42-mile Suncoast Trail.restrooms and camping areas.

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

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

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

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

is the premier hiking trail on District lands. Many Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands .400-mile Florida Trail network winds through District lands on its way from the Big Cypress National Preserve in south Florida to Gulf Islands National Seashore near Pensacola. Maintained by Florida Trail Association volunteers. hikingonly trails provide great opportunities to see wildlife and enjoy a solitary experience in a natural setting. These areas are cooperatively managed by the District and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Check the individual property descriptions for specific details. This 35-mile. jogging and backpacking. information on the trail can be obtained by calling 1-877-HIKE-FLA or online at FloridaTrail. dry and sandy. located in the Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve.org/. District lands are open for hiking and related activities that can be enjoyed on foot. bird watching. or may even require fording shallow creeks. such as nature study. 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. Hunting More than 132. with the District serving as the lead manager. Most trails are located on old roadbeds and have a natural surface that changes constantly depending on weather and soil conditions. Some lands have single-track. outdoor photography.000 acres of District lands are available for hunting as wildlife management areas. hiking-only trail provides opportunities for day 8 hikes and multiple-day backpacking trips through more than 110. The Florida National Scenic Trail. Hikers should expect trail conditions that may be seasonally wet. The 1. These single-track. hiking-only trails or paved trails that provide unique hiking experiences.000 acres of natural lands.Hiking Enjoy the beauty of west-central Florida at its best by hiking on miles of natural trails.

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

All Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 10 . an alligator sunning on a log or a deer getting a drink from the cool. not all District lands provide boat access. clear waters of a spring-fed river.Boating and Paddling District lands preserve hundreds of miles of pristine shoreline along many of the beautiful rivers and lakes in the region. Lakes and ponds wholly within District lands that allow paddling and boating access are clearly posted as open for these activities. there are endless opportunities to view wildlife in their native habitats while exploring these natural areas. Check the Recreation At A Glance and individual property descriptions for more information. Whether it is a great blue heron stalking its prey. Fishing fishing on District lands is subject to FWC’s license requirements and regulations. Where possible. However. launch facilities are provided on adjacent water bodies. 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.

insect repellant. • Let a friend know where you are going and when you will return. • Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you will visit. sunscreen. • Bring plenty of water. 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. can enjoy quality outdoor experiences. each one of us must share the responsibility of protecting our environment. • Check with the District to see if an area is closed or access is limited due to weather conditions. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 11 . 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. if required. • Check the weather forecast and plan for possible changes in weather. • Make sure you have reservations for activities or use areas. • Carry a cell phone. Plan Ahead and Prepare • Campers are reminded to use designated camp zones only. a hat and good pair of sneakers or walking shoes. management activities or hunting seasons.Guidelines for Use of District Lands To make sure that we. as well as future generations.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

waterfowl. • Each horseback rider must carry proof of horse’s negative Coggins test. FL 33803 Restrooms and Water Restroom facility and water located at the Nature Discovery Center. Alligators inhabit Lake Hancock and may be observed at a distance from shore or from a pier.m. • Florida law requires bicyclists and equestrians under 16 to wear helmets. Managed by the Polk County Natural Resources Department. to 7 p.m. during daylightsaving time. during standard time and from 5 a. Oak hammock. • Brochure describing trails available at trailhead. The property is maintained by Polk County. There are exhibits in the center that display environmental and hydrologic functions of Florida’s natural resources. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for license requirements.Circle B Bar Reserve 4399 Winter Lake Road (SR 540) Lakeland. (863) 534-7377 Access and Parking • South of Lakeland on SR 540. The tremendous bird population includes a variety of wading birds. hardwood swamp and the lakeshore are among the unique characteristics of this property. As a result of the marsh system restoration project. freshwater marsh. Polk County Nature Discovery Center In November 2008. Location Northwestern Polk County. 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.5-mile roundtrip from end of Oak Hammock Trail) is an unpaved spur trail running along the lake. pavilion and information signs are available for public use on the grounds adjacent to the center. • ADA access and facilities available. but in 2005 and 2006.4-mile roundtrip) is an unpaved trail running from parking area to Lake Hancock. restoration projects were completed to restore much of the original hydrologic function of the lands. Nearby Recreation Lands • Saddle Creek Park • Tenoroc Fish Management Area For More Information Polk County Natural Resources Department.m. the center provides educational opportunities for Polk County public schools and is open to the public. Circle B is now home to some of the most impressive bird activity on District property. entrance to park is on south side of road. Picnic Facilities • Picnic tables are located along the road between the main entrance and the Nature Discovery Center. Size 1.m. Hours of Operation Daily from 5 a. ospreys and bald eagles. Fishing • Available along Lake Hancock. • Lake View Trail (0. south of Lakeland About the Property Named after a cattle ranch that once existed on this property. Much of the property had previously been converted to pasture. Nature trail. to 8:30 p. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 36 .267 acres Recreational Opportunities Bicycling and Equestrian • Numerous trails and roads available throughout the property. Hiking • Oak Hammock Interpretative Trail (3.

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

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

stream lake. 0. Fairwood Ave. Moccasin Lake Park 19 Moccasin Lake Alligator Creek Park Trai l Ln.125 0. 0 Drew Street Virginia Ln.25 scale in miles Cliff Stephens Park Legend highway.590 Calamondin Ln. Bri gad oon Clearwater Dr. General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 39 . Edenwood St. major road minor road railroad designated trail property boundary (SWFWMD) other public lands county line river. Fairwood Ave. pond forest wetland/swamp walk-thru access point & parking boat ramp bridge picnic area fishing pier PINELLAS CO.

4470 Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 40 . • Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test. Model Airplane Flying Field • Bay City Flyers Model Airplane Club. 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211.980 acres Location Central Pasco County Camping (available in 2010) • Primitive campsites.5 miles east of US 41. ext. • 25-acre site open to members and spectators. off main trail in eastern portion of preserve. • Anyone who wishes to fly must be licensed by the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA). Southwest Florida Water Management District. 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.2 miles of designated or marked trails from SR 52 access point. • Several miles of multiuse wooded roads available.5 miles of unpaved cycling on designated or marked trails. • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets. About the Property Acquired in 2003 for preservation of natural systems. Size 2. • 12. • Day-use reservations required to access equestrian parking area. Nearby Recreation Lands • Starkey Wilderness Preserve — Serenova Tract • Cypress Creek Preserve Restrooms and Water • Portable toilet available at main entrance. groundwater recharge. Equestrian Use • 5.org/. Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. expansive marshes.Conner Preserve 22500 SR 52 Land O’ Lakes. water quality and flood protection. each equipped with picnic table and fire ring. • Riders are required to stay on marked trails. dense cypress sloughs and lush pine flatwoods. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. For More Information Land Resources Department. making a continuous corridor of several thousands of acres in this region. Access and Parking • Primary access is off SR 52 on south side of road about 3. This includes extensive restoration to areas that were converted to pasture when it was privately owned and managed as a ranch. • Portable toilet and nonpotable water available at Bay City Flyers model airplane field. Limited Access Areas Several areas of the preserve are being restored and are limited to foot access only. • ADA access and facilities available. The District manages the preserve’s resources to protect and restore the natural and altered ecosystems when possible.BayCityFlyers. No water available. please coordinate with the Bay City Flyers at www. Picnic Facilities • One picnic table available at entrance. the preserve offers a stunning landscape of steep sandhill ridges. Hiking • 16 miles of hiking-only trails. FL 34637 Recreational Opportunities Bicycling • Use only marked trails.

baycityflyers.5 1 scale in miles Conner Preserve Legend highway. 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. stream lake.org for more info) primitive camping (available in 2010) PASCO CO. pond forest wetlands/swamps Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 41 .To Gowers Corner To San Antonio 52 P Creek e Fivemil Cypress Creek Preserve 41 Eh 0 re n Cu tof f a To L es ’ Lak nd O 583 0. General Location river.

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

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

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

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

• Owners are requested to pick up after dog. • Restrooms. hosting 500. For More Information Edward Medard Park. (813) 757-3802 Recreational Opportunities Bicycling and Inline Skating • Paved park road. In 1972. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for license requirements. Fishing • Available by boat. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 46 . No reservations. Edward Medard Park is a popular recreation area. to sunset. the property was renamed the Edward Medard Park and Reservoir in 1977 to honor a District Governing Board member. • Water available in equestrian staging/parking area. Fee for camping. showers and an RV dump station available. tent and group sites. Picnic Facilities • 3 picnic areas with tables. Restrooms and Water Various restrooms and drinking water facilities located throughout park. Hillsborough County developed this site as one of its largest regional parks. which is ADA accessible. FL 33567 Boating and Paddling • Multilane boat ramp and docks. 3. • Covered shelters available. • Reservoir is an idle speed. and on 730-foot pier/boardwalk. Access and Parking • Entrance on Turkey Creek Road. Special park policies may also apply.000 visitors annually. which offers some flood protection along the Alafia River. the American Cyanamid Company donated the majority of this property to the District in 1969. Originally known as the Pleasant Grove Reservoir Park. • Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test. Size 1.Edward Medard Park and Reservoir 5737 Turkey Creek Road Plant City. 40 campsites — RV. • ADA access and facilities available. Camping • • • • Primitive camping available. no-wake area to protect public safety and prevent erosion. grills and restrooms. • Permits for after-hours fishing available from park office. east of Brandon About the Property After mining phosphate in the 1960s. along the banks of reservoir. Hiking • Available on all roads and trails. 1 mile south of SR 60 (Brandon Boulevard).25-mile bridle path. All campsites are full service — table. but donations to “iron ranger” are appreciated. water.m. Equestrian Use • One-way. Park Facilities • Playground equipment and horseshoe pits. 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. • Horses may be trailered in or rented at a stable adjacent to the northwest corner of property. A boardwalk fishing pier leads to an observation tower across the reservoir. • 12 parking areas distributed throughout park. • Riders are required to stay on marked trails. under agreement with the District. In 1970.284 acres Location Eastern Hillsborough County. electricity and fire ring. a dike and a control structure were built to create the 700-acre reservoir. • Free admission. with the 700-acre reservoir being the main attraction. • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets. Hours of Operation Daily from 6 a.

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

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

stream lake. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands Little Coker Prairie t For ford Craw r ke Co ek Cre ek Cre 0 0. Chance Reserve — Coker Prairie Tract Legend highway. pond forest wetland/swamp access point & parking MANATEE CO. 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.5 1 scale in miles General Location 49 .

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

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

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

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

This property is adjacent to the Flying Eagle Preserve that together encompasses 16. (813) 872-2691 Access and Parking • From Hwy. the Gulf Ridge Council manages 580 acres of the McGregor Smith tract. • Cabin rentals available. The Gulf Ridge Council uses the lands for compatible recreational opportunities and environmental education programs associated with the operation of a youth center. the District entered into a lease agreement with the Gulf Ridge Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Recreational Opportunities Bicycling • Several miles of unimproved roads. travel 6 miles and turn right on East Boy Scout Road.964 acres Location Eastern Citrus County Camping • Separate group. 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. Small fee and reservation required. In 2006.334 acres of protected lands. Contact Gulf Ridge Council of the Boy Scouts of America for reservations. Boy Scouts of America in 2004 to preserve and protect water resources. primitive and backcountry camping areas available for individual camping. Inc. • Reservations can be made up to 30 days in advance. Hiking • Several miles of unimproved maintenance roads. About the Property This property was purchased from the South Florida Council. • ADA access and facilities available. no water available. ecological values and cultural and historical resources. Picnic Facilities • Large picnic pavilion. The eastern portion of the property is bordered by the Withlacoochee River for approximately three miles. All recreational opportunities on the tract lie within this leased area. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 54 . Size 4. Restrooms and Water Portable toilet available.. FL 34450 Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. • Picnic tables and grills available. travel one-half mile to parking area on right. The property is heavily wooded with native vegetation and is composed of approximately 41 percent uplands and 59 percent wetlands and streams. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. Under the agreement. 44 east of Inverness. Small fee and reservations required. • Follow marked trails.Flying Eagle Preserve — McGregor Smith Boy Scout Reservation 12650 East Boy Scout Road Inverness.

General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 55 . contact Gulf Ridge Council of the Boy Scouts of America. W ith lac oo ch ee Ri v er SU CI MT ER CO TR US . 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.5 1 scale in miles Legend Flying Eagle Preserve — McGregor Smith Boy Scout Reservation highway. pond forest wetland/swamp access point & parking group. CO . 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. Dik 0 0. 813-872-2691) CITRUS CO. primitive and backcountry camping (For info.

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

25 To US 41 Gobble r Dr.125 Gob ay eW Pik 0. scale in miles Flying Eagle Preserve — Withlapopka Community Park Legend highway. major road minor road designated trail property boundary park boundary county line river. 0 0. stream lake.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. . pond forest wetland/swamp access point parking disabled access toilet CITRUS CO.

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

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

Colt Creek State Park (See Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve for overall information. white-tailed deer. turn left on SR 471. Access and Parking • From US 98 south of Dade City. Hiking • 12 miles of marked trails. • Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test. both of which can accommodate up to 20 people. cypress domes and open pastureland. • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets. The camp is nestled in an oak hammock with a fair amount of shade and is designed for tents only. There are two sites available. Equestrian Use • 12 miles of marked trails. Sherman’s fox squirrel. Size 5. Indian Guides. For More Information Colt Creek State Park. this 5. There is a fee for camping. volunteers documented approximately 149 species of birds and 79 species of butterflies.m. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for license requirements. a monthly survey of birds and butterflies was conducted by the Lake Region Audubon Society and the North American Butterfly Association. church youth groups and others. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. Be sure to bring your binoculars along and pick up a checklist of birds and butterflies at the information kiosk. • Riders are required to stay on marked trails. so please pack accordingly. Consisting mainly of pine flatwoods. 365 days a year. FL 33809 Camping (Youth) • Primitive youth camping is available at the park for organized youth groups such as Boy Scouts.Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve Recreational Opportunities Bicycling • Bicycling is currently permitted only on unmarked dirt (service) roads. • Trail maps available at kiosk. Picnic Facilities • Picnic areas available throughout the park.) 16000 SR 471 Lakeland. gopher tortoise. • ADA access and facilities available. Hours of Operation Florida state parks are open from 8 a. At the end of the year-long survey. Girl Scouts. wild turkey and bobcat. Contact the park for details at (863) 815-6761. until sundown.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. • Water available at main 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. Pets other than service animals are not permitted. park is 3. Fishing • Freshwater bank fishing is available at three different lakes in the park. The primitive camp has no running water or electricity. Wildlife Viewing • From January through December 2007.8 miles north on SR 471. Restrooms and Water • Accessible restrooms are available at the parking area. this piece of pristine wilderness is home to many animal species including the American bald eagle. (863) 815-6761 Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 60 . with the exception of one small supply trailer per group.

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

7-mile day loop. Restrooms and Water No restrooms or water available. • Use only marked trails • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. • For more information. some trails are excessively wet during certain times of year. This trail continues through Green Swamp West Tract and up to the Richloam Tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest. • Parking also at Main Grade and SR 471.) 17301 Rock Ridge Road Polk City. Florida National Scenic Trail • The Florida National Scenic Trail is maintained by the Florida Trail Association. sites have picnic tables. contact Florida Trail Association at 1-877-445-3352 (FL only) or (352) 378-8823. • FWC rules and regulations must be observed throughout the year. • Backcountry sites include Trial Ford. • Several additional walk-thru gates throughout property. Southwest Florida Water Management District.149 acres Location Southwestern Lake. • Prepare for wet hiking. hikers are encouraged to wear hunter orange or other bright color above the waist.Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve Fishing • Fishing and frogging allowed throughout year. • 13. Small day-use parking area at Rock Ridge gate. Blue blaze symbols indicate side trails. Size 51. For More Information Land Resources Department. White blaze symbols indicate overnight loop. East Tract (See Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve for overall information. • Orange blaze symbols indicate primary trail. Double blaze symbols indicate a sharp turn in trail. FL 33868 Hiking • Total 32. Camping • Camping not permitted during hunts. Recreational Opportunities Bicycling • Over 71 miles of unpaved service roads. 4470 Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 62 .4 miles of Florida National Scenic Trail run through Green Swamp East and West tracts. Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. • During hunts. approximately 10 miles northeast of US 98 and 6 miles west of SR 33. 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211. • A free reservation is required and must be displayed on dashboard at campground. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for license requirements. fire rings and/or grills. Hunting • Contact FWC for information regarding license requirements and permits. Tillman Lake and Mott Prairie. ext.9-mile overnight loop and a 7. • Vehicle access from Rock Ridge Road for fishing is only permitted on weekends in May and June. northern Polk and southeastern Sumter counties Access and Parking • Main vehicle access on south side of Green Swamp on Rock Ridge Road.

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

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

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. stream lake. major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river.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. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 65 d. r Cre Gato ek Hampton Gate Deen Still Rd. Dr ain . SUMTER CO.

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

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

• Contact FWC for more information. 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211. equestrians and bicyclists park at main gate.) 13347 Ranch Road Dade City. between US 98/US 301 and SR 471. Access and Parking • From US 301 in Dade City. Hiking • Total 32. ext.Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve West Tract (See Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve for overall information. • Nonpotable water source available. 4470 Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 68 . general gun. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. Parking for river access and hiking trail on left. Concession Stand and Gator Hole. Fishing • Along Withlacoochee River. • Orange blaze symbols indicate primary trail. High Bluff. • Additional parking off SR 471 at Cumpressco and McNeil entrances. Camping Equestrian. FL 33525 Size 37.350 acres Location Eastern edge of Pasco County. just south of Withlacoochee State Forest (Richloam Tract). Hours of Operation • Daily from sunrise to sunset. fire rings and/or grills. Florida National Scenic Trail • The Florida National Scenic Trail is maintained by the Florida Trail Association. Backcountry Camping Sites: • Low Bluff. • Contact FWC for license requirements. Recreational Opportunities Bicycling • 46 miles of marked multiuse trails. follow River Road east five miles. Group and Primitive Sites: • Ashley campsite has vault toilet. • Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test. • Horse-drawn buggy riding only on marked trails. • 60 miles of additional marked trails. • ADA access and facilities available. Blue blaze symbols indicate side trails. • Cumpressco campsite has portable toilet. requires a free reservation. • FWC rules and regulations must be observed throughout the year. Double blaze symbols indicate a sharp turn in trail. Boating and Paddling • Small boat ramp available on River Road.com. picnic tables. visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) web site at MyFWC. Hunting • Contact FWC for information regarding license requirements and permits. Southwest Florida Water Management District. • McNeil group campsite has portable toilet. Picnic Facilities • Picnic tables available inside main gate. picnic tables.5-mile side trail connects to Withlacoochee River Park. hikers are encouraged to wear hunter orange or other bright color above the waist. White blaze symbols indicate overnight loop. • During hunts. • Withlacoochee River offers remote wilderness experience. nonpotable water. • Nonpotable water available at main entrance at River Road. access best from River Road. Foster Bridge. fire rings and/or grills. • A free reservation is required and must be displayed on dashboard at campground. hog-still and turkey seasons. • Open to public access year-round except during the special opportunity archery. Equestrian Use • 60 miles of service roads. • 1. • Vehicle access from McNeil Road (SR 471) available by free reservation. picnic tables and/or grills. Bird Watching • Site 64 on western section of Great Florida Birding Trail. Restrooms and Water • Restroom available at campground.4 miles of Florida National Scenic Trail run through Green Swamp East and West tracts. • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets. For More Information Land Resources Department. For more information. nonpotable water.

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

major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river.SU C ER MT O. stream lake. CO W i a thl oc co hee Ri er v Ha Ts ala lf M oo nR Legend highway. To Wildwood To ern Inv ess Flying Eagle Preserve 0 1 2 scale in miles Half Moon-Gum Slough General Location 71 . 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 . pond forest wetland/swamp access point & parking SUMTER CO.

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

major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river. Hálpata Tastanaki Preserve Legend highway. 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. O ca la . Oaks Rd. stream lake. r Fo r Tr ail CIT RUS . disabled access toilet Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 73 To Moxon Rd. CO Rive za tI rd Rd .Dunnellon Dunnellon Municipal Airport 484 Pruitt Trailhead Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway For t Iz ard Rd . pond forest wetland/swamp city boundary General Location access point & parking parking MARION CO. Pasture Rd. MA RIO NC O.

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

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Access and Parking
Access from CR 580 or Horseshoe Creek Road, north of Haines City.

Hours of Operation
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Northeastern Polk County, north of Haines City

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.)

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

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which serves as a multiuse trail. cold drinks. water. Avoid muddy trails. • ADA access and facilities available. move completely off trail. • Free admission.5 miles inside entrance. Hiking • Dogs and their owners favor 1-mile segment of Levee Road from Bruce B. easy walks. For More Information • Hillsborough County’s Flatwoods Park. The Morris Bridge well field is located within the park. Flatwoods Visitor Center located 0. • Off-road cyclists enjoy Wilderness Loop Trail (see Off-Road Loop Trail). Downs Boulevard to north end of loop road. Size 5. Beware of fast-moving bicycles. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for more information. • Owners are requested to pick up after dog. Flatwoods Park (See Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve for more information. • 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. • Use proper trail etiquette on and off pavement. Do not skid. but donations to “iron ranger” appreciated. Access and Parking • Main entrance about 5 miles northeast of I-75 on Morris Bridge Road (CR 579) at Flatwoods Park Trail. Downs Boulevard (CR 581) entrance 1 mile northeast of I-75.400 acres About the Property Best known for its seven-mile paved loop road. Flatwoods Park provides a welcome getaway from Tampa’s developed landscape. Restrooms at Bruce B. bike wash and picnic tables at Flatwoods Visitor Center. Bird Watching • Site 102 on western section of Great Florida Birding Trail. Warn others when passing from behind. Downs Boulevard entrance. grills and tables available at several well houses. Use caution at blind corners and make your presence known. and well houses can be observed along the trail. (813) 672-7876 Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 92 . Flatwoods Park Trail is a paved 1-mile connection between Morris Bridge Road and the loop road. A two-mile paved extension connects Bruce B. • Bruce B. • Nature trails are short. (813) 987-6211 • Hillsborough County Parks. Pack out litter.5 miles further west where the loop trail begins. When stopping. Recreation and Conservation Department. Water and Other Amenities Restrooms. Picnic Facilities • Picnic shelters. Downs Boulevard with the loop road. • Personal vehicles allowed in park at designated points. Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. • Long-distance runners and triathletes train on loop road.) 14302 Morris Bridge Road Thonotosassa. FL 33592 Recreational Opportunities Bicycling and Inline Skating • Loop road gives bicyclists a woods experience. Four rest shelters with water coolers and paper cups interspersed along loop road. • Cross-country runners and hikers enjoy Wilderness loop off-road trail and woods service roads in park. pay telephone. Additional parking available 0.Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve Dogs • Dogs must be on a leash no more than six feet in length. Restrooms. All donations go toward park improvements.

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

Hillsborough River Off-Road Loop Trail Tam pa Bypass Canal Cow Ho use Cree k Thonotosassa Jefferson Rd. pond forest wetland/swamp access point & parking HILLSBOROUGH CO. To I-75 582 Ha rne yR d. General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 95 . stream lake. 0 0.5 1 scale in miles Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve Jefferson Equestrian Area Legend highway. major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river.Morris Bridge Park Hills oug bor h Riv er 579 Morris Bridge Rd. 301 Fowler Ave.

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

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

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

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• ADA access and facilities available. Free day-use reservation required. Southwest Florida Water Management District. Access and Parking • Primary access point about 7 miles northeast of I-75 on Morris Bridge Road (CR 579). Oak Ridge Equestrian Area (See Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve for more information. requires a free reservation. FL 33592 Size 1. fire rings and/or grills. this region of Hillsborough County is transitioning to suburban subdivisions. 0.000 acres Equestrian Use • 18 miles of trails • Riders are required to stay on marked trails. • A portable toilet and nonpotable water source available. • Vehicle access to southern portion of trail is through Washburn gate. 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. • A free reservation is required and must be displayed on dashboard at campground. Road marked with painted crossing stripes at driveway.) 15847 Morris Bridge Road Thonotosassa. Restrooms and Water Portable toilets and nonpotable water available at Oak Ridge campsite and Washburn parking area. For More Information Land Resources Department. • Sites have picnic tables.Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve Recreational Opportunities Camping • Equestrian. group and primitive camping available.4 miles north of Branchton Park. 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211. The trail is shaded within a forested wetland and open through pine flatwoods. While still rural. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 100 . ext. • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets. • Horse-drawn buggy riding only on marked trails. 4470 Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset unless closed due to high water.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

East River Rd. Road Winc P Watering Hole Campsite Jennings Blvd. General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 113 .5 1 2 Foresman Blvd. 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 . CHARLOTTE CO. major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river. CHARLOTTE CO. restroom disabled access toilet SARASOTA CO. parking. pond forest wetland/swamp city boundary P trail access & parking vehicle access point parking picnic area canoe launch primitive camping trail shelter ranger office. scale in miles Myakka State Forest Legend highway. 0 0.41 North Port Big Slo ug h North Port SARASOTA CO. stream lake. P Pine Straw Campsite West Port Charlotte Englewood South Loop sm Fore ail an Tr SARASOTA CO. Rd Shell .

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

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

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

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

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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stream lake.5 75 1 2 scale in miles RV Griffin Reserve Legend highway.csms-rc.org ) DESOTO CO. DESOTO CO. General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 121 . major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river. pond forest wetland/swamp city boundary access point & parking disabled access toilet model airplane flying field (For info. go to www.SARASOTA 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.

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

275 Pinellas Park Ga y nd Blv d. Sawgrass Lake Park Legend highway. 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 . 600 Ma Sawgrass Lake Sawgrass Trail ple il Tra 19 borrow pit St. Petersburg 25th St. major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line boardwalk river. stream lake. 275 689 62nd Ave.

Equestrian/ group and primitive camping are also available at Serenova. The 2. Starkey donated several hundred acres to the District. such as redfish. 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. biking and equestrian trails. Sr. Mr. but visitors can hike on the existing unmarked trails and roads. Starkey Wilderness Park and Serenova Tract. Without a source of clean fresh water. stream and lake swamps. B. sea trout and mullet. such as seagrass.. cypress domes. The Serenova and Anclote River Ranch tracts are managed by the District for passive naturebased outdoor recreation activities. The Serenova Tract is a favorite for horseback riding with trails that wind through all major natural communities on the preserve.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.000-acre wetland ecosystem spread throughout approximately 18. Size 18. initiating the concept of permanently protecting the land and its resources for future generations. and camping cabins.300 acres of wetland communities in Serenova combine with the wetlands in Starkey Wilderness Park to form a connected 6. see individual property descriptions for the J. a primitive campground. the preserve serves as a natural buffer for one of the region’s main freshwater resources. aquatic plants. The preserve consists of three tracts: • J. Like many District properties. freshwater marshes. 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. 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 acres Location Western Pasco County. the Anclote River. The J. B. These tracts have limited amenities and provide visitors a more rustic outdoor experience. 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. Starkey Wilderness Park and provides visitors the opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the preserve with little sign of human presence.” The park is named after Jay B. The Anclote River Ranch Tract can be accessed from the hiking trails in J. The prominent natural communities within the preserve are pine flatwoods. Starkey. B. Starkey Wilderness Park • Serenova Tract • Anclote River Ranch Tract On the following pages. the Pithlachascotee River. picnic shelters. B. Public acquisition of these lands has maintained this large wetland system as a functioning intact ecosystem. who purchased the land in 1937 and then developed a cattle ranch and timber operation. hiking.000 acres of conservation lands. 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. No trails are marked on the Anclote River Ranch Tract. the estuaries could not serve as the vital link in the life cycle of numerous species of birds. Starkey Wilderness Park is a regional park managed by Pasco County that features a paved trail that connects to the 42-mile Suncoast Trail. and popular fish species. Nearby Recreation Lands • Suncoast Trail • Conner Preserve Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 124 . In 1975. sandhill and scrub.

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

then left on Wilderness Road into park. Dogs • Allowed only in day-use area. • Groups can reserve tent site or cabins up to 90 days in advance. left on Starkey Boulevard for 0. Hiking • 27 miles of marked trails.2 miles. Location Western Pasco County. Each shelter seats up to 50 people. • Equestrian camping allowed at some campsites. From SR 52. • 2 large fee-rental pavilions seat up to 100 each and have large grill. Restrooms and Water Four restrooms and water fountains.m. • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets. to sunset. volleyball courts. running water and electricity. • Dogs must be on leash no more than six feet in length. Bird Watching • Site 73 on western section of Great Florida Birding Trail. athletic field. grills and fire rings. right on River Crossing Boulevard for 1. • Reservation and fee are required and can be made up to 30 days in advance. go south on Moon Lake Road (CR 587) 6. • Campsites for cars and primitive cabins available. left on DeCubellis Road 0. east of New Port Richey Access and Parking • From SR 54. (727) 934-4198 • Pasco County Parks & Recreation Department. • Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test.3 miles. Picnic Facilities • 5 picnic shelters with grills. Recreational Opportunities Bicycling and Inline Skating • Park connects to 42-mile paved Suncoast Trail via the 6.Starkey Wilderness Preserve Camping • Separate primitive camping areas available for individual and equestrian camping. • ADA access and facilities available. Starkey Wilderness Park (See Starkey Wilderness Preserve for overall information.7-mile paved trail. • 3 primitive campsites off trails with picnic tables. developed by local chapter of Audubon Society. Nearly 150 species of birds have been identified in park. Nearby Recreation Lands • Conner Preserve • Starkey Wildnerness Preserve — Serenova Tract • Suncoast Trail For More Information • Tent and cabin reservations: Starkey Wilderness Park. • Riders must stay on marked trails. Supplies and provisions must be packed in.) 10500 Wilderness Park Boulevard New Port Richey.7-mile paved trail. • Fire pits for bonfires. Park Facilities • Large playground. • Contact FWC for license requirements. B. left on Starkey Boulevard.8 miles.000 acres Equestrian Use • 10 miles of marked equestrian trails. • Corral and watering trough located in equestrian parking/staging area. • Contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for more information. FL 34655 Size 8. Fishing • Limited freshwater fishing available along Anclote and Pithlachascotee rivers. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. • 6. disabledaccessible. (727) 834-3247 • Shelter and pavilion reservations. • Backcountry camping available. • Owners are requested to pick up after dogs. J. • Reservations can be made up to 30 days in advance. Hours of Operation Daily from 6 a.3 miles.3 miles. • Riders are required to stay on marked trails. then right on Wilderness Road into park. go north on Little Road (CR 1) 2. Rental fee. (813) 929-2760 Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 126 .

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

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

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

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

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

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

major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river. pond forest wetland/swamp walk-thru MANATEE CO. (85th Street East) Frog Cr ee Ca k 275 bb e ag 683 Exit 2 0 0.) 0.41 Rock Payne Rd. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 133 .25 Slo ugh Ellenton Gillette Rd. stream lake. (36th Ave.5 scale in miles Terra Ceia Preserve Frog Creek Legend highway.

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

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

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

CITRUS CO.25 0. General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 137 . 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.MARION CO.5 Hernando scale in miles Two Mile Prairie Legend highway. 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. stream lake.

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

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. HILLSBOROUGH CO. Fox Bra nch Alston Tract 54 Zephyrhills B Upper Hillsborough Tract B Chancey Rd. major road minor road designated trail property boundary other public lands county line river. 301 39 River ough bor Hills 0 1 2 County Line Rd. General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 139 . scale in miles P E G PASCO CO. POLK CO. Upper Hillsborough Preserve Legend highway. Saunders Rd. POLK CO. Deems Rd.e Withlacooch 35A e River Green Swamp West Tract 301 98 E 535 P G Upper Hillsborough Tract PASCO CO. POLK CO. stream lake.

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

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

Nearby Recreation Lands • Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve • Hillsborough County’s Blackwater Creek Preserve Camping • Equestrian. • Additional access points are located off CR 35A and CR 535. • No amenities available. primitive and backcountry camping available. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. contact the Florida Trail Association at 1-877-445-3352 (in FL) or (352) 378-8823. Size 6. • Orange blaze symbols denote primary trail. • Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test. • Additional 24 miles of interior roads available. • Horse-drawn buggy riding only on marked trails. Recreational Opportunities Bicycling • 12 miles of woods roads marked for multiuse. • Access to Hillsborough River by foot only. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 142 . double blaze denotes sharp turn. Upper Hillsborough Tract 41404 CR 54 Zephyrhills. • Florida Trail Association maintains 3. May be seasonally wet or flooded. For More Information Land Resources Department. group.Upper Hillsborough Preserve Fishing • Fishing and frogging allowed throughout year. ext. • A free reservation is required and must be displayed on dashboard at campground. • Riders are required to stay on marked trails. Restrooms and Water No restrooms or water available. Southwest Florida Water Management District. 4470 Equestrian Use • 12 miles of woods roads marked for multiuse recreation. 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211.5 miles of hiking trails. • Use only marked trails.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. • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets. requires a free reservation. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for license requirements. blue denotes side trails. • For more information. • Horseback riding allowed year-round on the Alston Tract. about 3 miles east of Zephyrhills. • Contact FWC for information regarding license requirements and permits. equestrian access available. Hunting • FWC rules and regulations must be observed throughout the year. 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. Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset.

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

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

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

• Other shelters available on a first-come. Paddling Canoe launch (100-foot carry from parking area). Location Pasco County. Nearby Recreation Lands Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve Recreational Opportunities Bicycling and Inline Skating • Paved park road. Orange blaze symbols denote primary trail. For More Information • Withlacoochee River Park. • Authentic Native American villages constructed by Native American volunteers. (352) 521-4182 • Pasco County Parks and Recreation Department. • ADA access and facilities available. Blue blaze symbols denote side trails. 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. Hours of Operation Daily from sunrise to sunset. • ADA access and facilities available. Restrooms and Water Three restrooms. recreation field and reconstructed 19th century fort. • Owners are requested to pick up after dog. east of Dade City Hiking • 5. contact Florida Trail Association at 1-877-445-3352 (FL only) or (352) 378-8823. Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 146 . Park entrance 0.2 miles of trail developed and maintained by Florida Trail Association.Withlacoochee River Park 12449 Withlacoochee Boulevard Dade City.5 miles of hiking trails. (813) 929-1260 Bird Watching • Site 63 on western section of Great Florida Birding Trail. Follow pavement onto Auton Road. Obtain from park office. • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets. firstserved basis. The Withlacoochee River Park offers visitors access to a wild and scenic portion of the river and a mosaic of habitat communities. dock and 1. • Several additional miles of perimeter trails open for hiking. (352) 567-0264. Size 260 acres Fishing • Fishing pier located adjacent to canoe launch. • East Pasco Parks and Recreation Department. About the Property Pasco County operates this regional park near the Withlacoochee River. • Reservations for southern shelter or pavilion made through park office. Access and Parking • From US 301 follow River Road east 5 miles. 40-foot observation tower. Park Facilities • Park has playgrounds. Picnic Facilities • Picnic shelters and large pavilion available. • For more information. Double blazes denote a sharp turn in trail. boardwalks.25 miles on left. a compost toilet and drinking fountains available. • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for more information. contact the Withlacoochee River Park for more information. FL 33525 Camping • Primitive campsites available in various locations around park. from high sandhills to low riverine swamp. • Contact FWC for license requirements. Dogs • Dogs must be on a leash no more than six feet in length. • Free permit required to camp.

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

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

General Location Recreation Guide to Southwest Florida Water Management District Lands 149 . CO CI U TR S . 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.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 .

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. 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. Chance Reserve — Coker Prairie Tract Edward W. 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. 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).

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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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