Myakka River State Park, located 9 miles east of I-75 on Florida Road 72, is one of the largest parks in the Florida State Park System. Its 45 square miles encompass not only the Myakka River, with its two shallow lakes, but a tremendously diverse complex of ecosystems and the wildlife that goes with them.

The park also is one of the oldest in the state, dating to 1934 when the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) began development here. (For more on the role of the CCC in the creation of Florida State Parks, see my comments on the Highland Hammock State Park.) For a glimpse of what Myakka River has to offer, click on the buttons below. For directions and reservations information, see the official Myakka River State Park web site.

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