Map of Terra Ceia Preserve — Frog Creek
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About Terra Ceia Preserve — Frog Creek

Prior to the District’s acquisition, the upland portions of this property were used for cattle grazing. Former borrow pits used during construction of I-275 formed the four large man-made lakes that occupy the property. The natural areas fall into the mesic temperate hammock type with dominant plant species consisting of live oak, laurel oak and cabbage palms. These areas provide the shade needed by wildlife on open grassy plains. Mesic temperate hammocks are important habitat for wildlife and provide secondary habitat for a number of rare, threatened and endangered plant and animal species.

Recreational Opportunities



  • Approximately one-mile trails around lakes.

Access and Parking

Access is available on Rock Payne Road (85th Street East).

Restrooms and Water

No restrooms or water available.


Northeast Manatee County

Nearby Recreation Lands

For More Information

Land Resources, Southwest Florida Water Management District, 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211, ext. 4470

Visit this Property

Street Address

2519 85th Street East
Palmetto, FL 34221
(Google map)


128 acres

Hours of Operation

Daily from sunrise to sunset.

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Conservation Lands of Southwest Florida
Florida Wilderness

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