Despite the federal government shutdown, Myakka River State Park is open and operating on our regular schedule.
It's time for fall wildflowers to start popping up in the prairies and pinelands. Pine lilies usually begin blooming in August and peak in late September and early October. The rare epiphitic needle-root orchid of flooded swamps and hammocks peaks in August along with the "Threatened" terresrial Giant orchid found in sunny prairies.
The typical September rains will probably keep the park wet throughout the month. Trails and dirt roads are still flooded. Picnic areas are usually soggy. Airboats are running on regular summer schedule. Watch this page for updates.
The best time to visit the park during hot summer months is early mornings and late evenings. You can arrive before the gate opens or stay after the sun goes down with an annual park pass and the gate combination.
Discover what laws exist to stop the invasion of non-native plants & animals, and how you can help. This free open forum will answer your questions about Manatee and Sarasota County ordinances, and the State laws concerning non-native plants, fish, and other wildlife. Wednesday, 5/29 at 9:00 a.m., SWFWMD Building, 6750 Fruitville Rd (SR 780).
See the PDF Flyer, here.
Smoke on the horizon is a common sight this time of year now that we are in to our natural fire season. Park rangers burn about 14,000 acres each year at the park with the majority of the burns planned for late April, May and June. If you plan to hike or camp in the backwoods area, be sure to ask a park ranger if any ecological burns are planned for the day.
Congratulations to Carmen Merriam, the winner of a beautiful new kayak in the kayak drawing sponsored by Friends of Myakka River!l
We are getting ready for our last concert of the season! Come join us this Friday evening to see The Raiford Starke Band perform at our new South Pavilion stage! We will be having some of our usual raffle prizes andwe will be holding the kayak drawing this Friday night, too! You never know…you just might be one of our lucky winners! Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs and coolers.
Tickets are on sale now at the Ranger Station for this year's kayak drawing for just $5 each or 5/$20. Take a chance and you could be the winner. Proceeds from the drawing will be used to keep Myakka healthy, natural, and beautiful.
March 2nd through March 10th is National Invasive Species Awareness Week. Take time to learn about Florida's worst invaders at www.FloridaInvasives.org, remove invasive plants from your yard or a local park, and ask your Friends and neighbors to do the same. You can make a difference.