The Wild & Scenic Myakka River

The Myakka River is the only river in Florida designated by state legislature as a "Wild and Scenic River." This designation recognizes its extraordinary beauty and undeveloped character.

From the river’s beginnings in Manatee County, it collects through many tributaries over a wide area before coalescing near Sarasota County, where it opens into the 955-acre Upper Myakka Lake, in Myakka River State Park. The river flows southward through the State Park, opens once more into the 587-acre Lower Myakka Lake, and afterwards is relatively narrow until the area around River Road in South Venice. Here, the river widens considerably, to greater than a half mile wide at El Jobean.

These three areas – upper river, middle river, and lower river – while interconnected and sharing many features, are also wonderfully surprising in their differences. Visitors to each area will enjoy three different experiences.

More information

Myakka River State Park
Myakka State Forest
Sarasota County Natural Lands
Sarasota County Parks
Sarasota County’s Guide to Kayak and Canoe Trails

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