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.
2519 85th Street East
Palmetto, FL 34221
- Bank fishing on lakes.
- Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for license requirements.
- Approximately one-mile trails around lakes.
- Access is available on Rock Payne Road (85th Street East).
- No restrooms or water available.
- Northeast Manatee County
- Land Resources, Southwest Florida Water Management District, 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211, ext. 4470