Upper Myakka Preserve

Just the Facts

  • 65.85 acres
  • Conservation Foundation received this holding from The Myakka Conservancy in July 2018
  • Protected in 2000 and transferred to Conservation Foundation in July 2018
  • Mangroves, needle rush marsh, and Wild and Scenic Myakka River
  • Owned and Managed by Conservation Foundation
  • Open to the public for special events

The Story

The 66-acre property was purchased and permanently conserved in 2000 by the Myakka Conservancy having received a nationally-competitive grant from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Its critical location in eastern Sarasota County at the Manatee County line makes it the entrance to the Wild & Scenic portion of the Myakka River. Due to continuing conservation efforts along the river, it is now surrounded on three sides by conservation land: Crowley Museum, Triangle Ranch, and Myakka River State Park.  The land was transferred to Conservation Foundation in July 2018 to continue its conservation management permanently

 

Why It Matters

This riverfront property was conserved to protect and restore land and wetlands along the Myakka River to provide critical, high-quality habitat for migrating waterfowl, raptors, shorebirds, and neotropical birds. This portion of The Wild and Scenic Myakka River is a breathtaking place to visit. The Upper Myakka River Preserve protects more than one mile of river shoreline and more than 60 acres of floodplain wetlands that are critical for the water quality and diversity of wildlife in and around the river. Only 37 miles of the 66-mile Myakka River are designated Wild and Scenic by the state of Florida due to their exceptional natural character. The Myakka River is a major source of fresh water to the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary and the Gulf of Mexico.

Need to Know

Upper Myakka Preserve is located on the Wild and Scenic Myakka River, in the community of Old Miakka. It is only accessible for special events and organized outings. Continue to watch our website for future events and activities located on this spectacular Myakka River property

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