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.
- Bank fishing on lakes.
- Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for license requirements.
- Hiking is allowed on dirt trails around existing 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 Department, Southwest Florida Water Management District, 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211, ext. 4470