Flatford Swamp – Myakka River

Located just North of Myakka city via Myakka/WauchulaRd, the Flatford Swamp tract encompasses just over 2300 acres in Eastern Manatee county. The Flatford Swamp wetland ecosystem is the primary surface water of the Upper Myakka River Watershed. These wetlands are a majority part of the headwaters of the Myakka River and influence the water flow andflatfordtree Flatford Swamp   Myakka River quality of the Upper Myakka Lake and the waters throughout Myakka River State Park. The habitat within the property is mostly bottomland swamp and freshwater marsh. There are rangelands, hardwood forests and pine flatwoods scattered along the peripheral of the property. Other major tributaries that contribute to the headwaters include Long Creek, Sand Slough, Maple Creek, Coker Creek, Youngs Creek, Ogleby Creek and Boggy Creek.

There is limited access because property is generally flooded, which is not conducive to recreational trail development. Myakka Road, located at the eastern edge of the property, provides the best access with Ogleby Creek Road and several smaller roads and trails along the west. There you will find narrow flatwoods roads and jeep trails that provide limited access to the central portion of the property but are flooded during the rainy season. Access is only feasible by foot, but those hardy enough to venture out will be rewarded with the uniqueness of untrampled Florida. Navigation devices should be utilized as necessary due to unmarked trails. The walk-through entrance at intersection of Taylor and Myakka Road provides parking to accommodate a limited number of visitors to property. No water, restrooms or other services are available on site. The area is open from sunrise to sunset daily.

For more information about:
FISHING: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
LAND TRACT: Land Resources Department, Southwest Florida Water Management District, 1-800-423-1476

2 Responses to “Flatford Swamp – Myakka River”

  1. good blog !

  2. thanx mate!

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