Lemon Bay Preserve is a priority site for the Sarasota County Environmentally Lands Protection Program (ESLPP). Conservation Foundation assisted Sarasota County, acting as its acquisition agent, in acquiring three important parcels that helped expand and further protect the preserve and Lemon Bay.
South Venice Lemon Bay Preserve contains some of the last remaining undeveloped bay shorelines in Sarasota County. These lands protect the water quality and estuary of Lemon Bay, a State Aquatic Preserve. It also provides habitat for many wading birds and game fish, as well as significant areas of scrub habitat and supports families of the endangered Florida Scrub Jay.
This preserve contains a variety of coastal habitats including tidal swamp, tidal marsh, coastal hammock and upland communities such as mesic and scrubby flatwoods.
The park is accessible at two locations: 5472 Kenisco Road and 6200 Osprey Road, Venice.
For directions, hours, rules, and more information visit the Sarasota County website.
To learn more about the entire 222-acre preserve and all its natural resources and recreational amenities, see the South Lemon Bay – Sarasota County website
Learn more about Scrub Jays: Scrub Jays
Learn more about Lemon Bay: Lemon Bay – Water Atlas and Lemon Bay Aquatic preserve