The shallow, winding Myakka River flows 14 miles through Myakka River State Park, attracting and providing for a myriad of wetlands and uplands creatures. It entices canoeists, fishermen, and birders alike. Use this page to discover more about Florida's designated "Wild and Scenic River."
The Myakka was designated as the state's only "Florida Wild and Scenic River" by the Florida State Legislature in 1985. The act provides for preservation and management of the 34-mile portion of the river within Sarasota County.
This is a link to USGS River/Streamflow data. To return to this page, use the back button on your browser. Scroll down to "Gage height, feet, most recent value." Add 7.92 to reading to obtain the "Above Sealevel" (ASL) reading for the Myakka River. The gage is located inside the park, just north of State Road 72.
|Trails, picnic areas, parking lots flood||07.38'||15.25'|
|North Park Drive floods||08.38'||16.25'|
|Park Drive north of bridge flooded||08.53'||16.40'|
|Water enters cabins||09.29'||17.16'|
|Restrooms closed, no sewage disposal||09.63'||17.50'|
|SR 72 floods||11.63'||19.50'|
Read the latest River Inspection Reports. These reports involve a visual inspection by boat of both the Upper and Lower Rivers, with counts of wildlife sightings, human sightings, observations notes on changes in the flow, vegetation growth, and much more.