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Myakka River State Park

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13208 State Road 72
Sarasota, Florida 34241

(941) 361-6511

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A heron walks along the water. Photo by Patrick Leadbeater.

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Areas of the park are flooded. The park remains open for day-use, but vehicle traffic is being stopped just past the entrance to Palmetto Ridge Camping Area. The following areas of the park are closed due to flooding: Main park drive from the Myakka River Bridge and north, the entire length of North Drive, Myakka Outpost, Myakka Wildlife Tours, Clay Gully Picnic Area, Big Flats Camping Area, Old Prairie Camping Area, Fishing Platform, Canopy Walk, all Cabins, Birdwalk, and Lake Picnic Area. The majority of the trails are underwater. No new reservations will be taken for the camping areas listed above until October 12, 2014. Please contact the park for further information at (941) 361-6511. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 Welcome to Myakka River State Park

One of the oldest and largest state parks, Myakka protects one of the state´s most diverse natural areas. The Myakka River, designated as a Florida Wild and Scenic River, flows through 58 square miles of wetlands, prairies, hammocks, and pinelands. Visitors can enjoy wildlife viewing from a boardwalk that stretches out over the Upper Myakka Lake, then take to the treetops with a stroll along the canopy walkway. The park´s river and two lakes provide ample opportunities for boating, freshwater fishing, canoeing, and kayaking; a boat ramp provides access to Upper Myakka Lake. Hikers can explore trails that cross large expanses of rare Florida dry prairie. Scenic lake tours are offered daily on the world´s two largest airboats. Safari tram tours of the park´s backcountry are offered from mid-December through May. Full-facility campgrounds and primitive campsites are available. Five palm log cabins, built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, have been modernized for comfortable lodging. Located nine miles east of Sarasota on State Road 72.

Park GPS coordinates:

Main entrance:  N: 27º 14' 21.84"  W: -82º 19' 0.05"

North gate (open weekends and holidays): N: 27º 17' 26.21"  W: -82º 15' 10.99"