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Description: This 183 acre environmental gem was purchased by Charlotte County in 1994, with money from the state of Florida (Florida Forever Funding). An additional 34 acres was acquired in 2002 as Florida Scrub-Jay mitigation. The addition linked the County-owned preserve land with the Charlotte Harbor Buffer Preserve State Park. This 217-acre environmental park is managed by the Charlotte County Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department.

Vegetation Communities: Scrub, scrubby flatwoods, pine flatwoods, slough systems, and lake.

Location: Englewood peninsula east of SR 775. Park access is of Gasparilla Pines Blvd.

Amenities: Trail system with informational kiosks, bird blinds at the lake, rest rooms, parking, playground, etc.

Animal Species:  You may not be able to see all these species

Birds that you may encounter year-round include:

 Florida scrub-jay Bald eagle Cardinal

 Blue jay Red Shouldered Hawk Roseate Spoonbill

 Rufous Sided Towhee Wood Stork Osprey

 White-eyed vireo Little Blue Heron

 Turkey Vulture Great Egret

 Black Vulture Snowy Egret

Migrants that you may see:

 White Pelican Robin Pine Warbler

 Green-winged Teal Pine Warbler Palm Warbler

 Blue-winged Teal Yellow-rumped Warbler Tree Swallow

Documented Mammals:

 Raccoon Bobcat Feral Hog

 Opossum Armadillo

Documented Herps:

 Cricket Frog Green Treefrog Pinewoods Treefrog

 Gopher Tortoise Red shouldered Hawk

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