Oscar Scherer State Park photo

Southern Coastal Watershed Excursion

Oscar Scherer State Park

Have you ever seen a bald eagle in flight or watched a group of river otters playing in the water? These are just a few of the creatures awaiting your arrival at this stop on our excursion. We will be going ashore to visit a state park, located in a natural setting. As you walk along one of the trails, you may even discover the traces of a few bobcat tracks. Visiting the Oscar Scherer State Park will give us an opportunity to observe a variety of Florida wildlife.

Oscar Scherer State Park was opened to the public in 1956 and has expanded over the years. Now, there are almost 1,400 acres for visitors to explore and experience the real Florida.

The area includes two special plant upland communities of pine flatwoods and scrubby flatwoods. These communities provide homes to a variety of animals, including the Florida scrub-jay, which is a threatened species. The gopher tortoise, gopher frog and indigo snake are a few of the numerous creatures that feel at home in the scrubby flatwoods. To maintain the vitality of these communities, land managers use a variety of land management methods, such as chopping and prescribed burning.

In addition to viewing wildlife, visitors can participate in other recreational activities. You may decide to swim in the small, freshwater lake. Or you may want to head to South Creek where, because of tidal influences, you can catch freshwater fish above the dam and saltwater fish below it.

Next stop: Venice Area