Myakka River State Park Travel Guide

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    by doug48 Updated Jun 13, 2009

    pictured is a group of vultures that hang around the visitor center on upper myakka lake. these scavengers are waiting for the unsuspecting tourist to get too close to the numerous alligators in upper myakka lake :). kiddling aside when viewing or photographing alligators in the wild do not get to close to them. alligators can run very fast for short distances and alligators are known to attack people in florida.

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    by doug48 Updated Nov 27, 2008

    upper myakka lake is located at the end of the park road about five miles from the park entrance. if you have your own boat there is a boat ramp here. a great place to fresh water fish in southwest florida.

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    by doug48 Written Nov 27, 2008

    at the end of the park road on upper myakka lake you can take a airboat ride on the wild and scenic myakka river. pictured is one of the largest airboats in america. this airboat can accommodate up to 40 people.

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    by zrim Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: It was thrilling to venture out into the swampy state park only fifteen minutes from the city of Sarasota and find this big bad predator skulking about. Alligators are fascinating in their prehistoric looks.

    Unprovoked attacks by wild alligators upon humans are extremely rare. However, as with other animals in our parks, too many have been fed "treats" by visitors and therefore alligators can be unpredictable and dangerous if they have had this unfortunate interaction with people in the past.

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    by zrim Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The wildlife. Countless species of birds including herons, egrets and owls. Lots of gators. And some of the smaller mammals like coyotes.

    The reddish egret was indeed a rare sight. It is estimated that only 300 survive in Florida. They were brought to the brink of extinction by ploom hunters at the turn of the last century and have never really recovered.

    Fondest memory: The Barred Owl. It was eating a turtle. Unforunately I did not get a picture because as soon as I approached ready with camera, it got spooked and flew away. I'm afraid the turtle was already beyond help.

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