Archive for the 'Wildlife' Category

Fishing Myakka Upper Lake with Capt Jim

Doug’s fly landed inches from the shoreline cover.  He allowed it to sink for several seconds and began to retrieve the baitfish pattern back to the boat.  On the third strip, the line became tight and he raised the rod tip sharply.  Valiantly, the fish fought for its freedom, determined to get into the branches […]

Deer Prairie Creek Preserve

Deer Prairie Creek Preserve possesses 6400 acres, 70 miles of trails, and 6 miles of Myakka River frontage for hikers, bicyclists, and equestrian riders.

Myakka River Otters

The North American River Otter, or Lutra canadensis (their scientific name) are both playful and fairly plentiful along the Myakka River. They make homes out of burrows with multiple entrances close by the waters edge. Otters are mammals most closely related to the weasel, possessing a thick layer of insulating and waterproof fur and are […]

Sleeping Turtles Preserve South

Sleeping Turtles Preserve South is located at the North End of River Road (at I-75 exit#191) In Venice, Florida. Spanning over 214 aces, it’s name derives from early 1800’s navigation maps describing this adjacent section of the Myakka River as “Sleeping Turtles”. As with most waterfront preserve areas, wildlife is abundant. There have been recent […]

Myakka River Manatees

Manatee are seen often within the dark warm waters of the slow moving and sleepy Myakka River. It’s a practically perfect and natural place for them to be, especially in winter seasons. Manatee are plant eating migratory marine mammals. They prefer warm, slow moving shallow canals, inlets, rivers, and estuaries where vegetation such as water […]

Dining Myakka Style

There are just two public waterfront Dining locations along the banks of the Myakka River. Both are located on the North (US 41 area and upward) and both are on the West bank. Both locations offer very nice views of the Myakka River and are approachable either by boat with accessible docking areas, and by […]

Alligators – Myakka River!

These prehistoric looking alligators may appear tame and subdued, but they are completely unpredictable.

The Jelks Preserve

The Jelks Preserve, a Myakka River land preservation effort at it’s finest, is a simple park with several miles of trails throughout the 640 acres of Florida Native Habitat. Oak Hammocks, Pine and Scrubby Flatwoods, Seasonal Sloughs and Marshes are scattered throughout the trails which cut through most upland areas and reach a couple points […]

SleepingTurtles Preserve N

Hiking, Canoeing, and Kayaking at Sleeping Turtles Preserve along the Tropical Myakka River in Venice.

Wilderness Camping – The Myakka Trail

Wilderness Camping is available on the Myakka Trail in Myakka State Park, Sarasota Florida.