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.

Park Details

Street Address

2519 85th Street East
Palmetto, FL 34221
United States

128 Acres
Hours of Operation
Daily from sunrise to sunset.

Site Features

Recreation Opportunities

Recreation Term


Recreation Description

Recreation Term


Recreation Description
  • Approximately one-mile trails around lakes.

Additional Information

Access and Parking
  • Access is available on Rock Payne Road (85th Street East).
Restrooms and Water
  • No restrooms or water available.
  • Northeast Manatee County
For more Information
  • Land Resources, Southwest Florida Water Management District, 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211, ext. 4470