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LEMON BAY PARK

Description: 196 acre environmental park located in the southwest corner of Sarasota County by Charlotte County.

Vegetation Communities: Pine flatwoods, mangroves, swamp.

Location: 570 Bay Park Boulevard, Englewood, Florida 34223    941-474-3065 From I-75: From I-75: take River Road exit (old #34). Go south on River Road (SR 777). Ccross SR 41 and continue several miles. River Road will become Dearborn Street. Stay on Dearborn into Englewood. Cross SR 776 (Indiana Ave). Turn right onto Old Englewood Road. Turn left onto Stewart Street. Turn right onto Bay Park Blvd. From Port Charlotte:From Port Charlotte: Travel west on El Jobean (SR776). Continue west for about 7.5 miles (SR776 changes names to McCall St after crossing the Peace River) to the west end of Englewood (where SR776 changes names to Indiana Ave). Turn left on W. Dearborn St. then turn right onto Old Englewood Road. Turn left onto Stewart Street. Turn right onto Bay Park Blvd.

Amenities: 3 miles of nature trails (handicap/asphalt trails and shell trails), environmental center, restrooms, meeting room/rental space, picnic pavilion, 1 mile of shoreline on Lemon Bay Aquatic Preserve, fishing, kayaking/canoeing, birding, butterfly garden.   No entrance fee.

Birding by Kayak: Lemon Bay Park has great birding by kayak opportunities. Excellent mangrove and woodland areas as well as shallow water for wading birds. The park has a good launch area north of the visitor’s center. It is a short, level walk to put in.

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

Birds that you may encounter year-round include: Bald Eagle Great Horned Owl Spotted Sandpiper Green Heron Chimney Swifts Brown Pelican Osprey Sandwich Tern Great Egret Pileated Woodpecker Mockingbird Great Blue Heron Wood Duck Cardinal Little Blue Heron Red-bellied Woodpecker Downy Woodpecker Carolina Wren Snowy Egret Florida Mottled Duck Ring-billed Gull

Migrants that you may see: Prairie Warbler Indigo Bunting White Pelican Gray Catbird Short-billed Dowitcher Black and White Warbler Tree Swallow Ruby-throated Hummingbird Kestrel

Documented Mammals: Racoon Nine-banded Armadillo Bobcat Gray Squirrel Gray Fox Rabbit Florida Manatee Opossum Dolphin

Documented Herps: American Alligator Gopher Tortoise (in surrounding areas) Cuban Brown Anole* Box Turtle Eastern Glass Lizard Black Racer Snake Indigo Snake Red Rat Snake Ringneck Snake

*Non-native Species

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