CampVenice Retreat

CampVenice Retreat – Waterfront RV, Cabin, and Tent Sites on the Myakka River.

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 […]

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 […]