CC Sarasota-Manatee – Boat and Tram Tour of Myakka River State Park
April 6, 2019 @ 9:00 am
Location: Sarasota, FL
We will tour the Upper Myakka Lake on a large pontoon boat, which sits comfortably high above the water for the best views. After this, we will take a historic narrated motorized safari tram tour of the Park’s back country. Each tour will take approximately one hour, with a break in-between.
Myakka River State Park was originally part of the Palmer cattle ranch and was acquired and developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. The tour will focus on park ecology and natural history, with stories of the people who made their lives there.
Day and Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019.
The tours depart from the boat ramp, where parking, including handicapped parking, is available, along with benches on which to wait for the boat departure. Cafe and Restrooms are at the same place. The walk between the boat and the tram is the equivalent of about two city blocks. [will check on availability of jeep or golf cart assistance]
Beginning and End Time: Please plan to enter the park by 8:15 am, to allow you to arrive at the boat launch by 8:30. The boat tour will begin at 9:00 am and will finish at 10 a.m. The tram leaves at 10:30. We’ll have a half hour between the two trips and will finish at 11:30 AM.
After passing the entrance gate off Clark Road/route 72, and paying the $6 per car Park entrance fee, proceed ahead to the boat launch, three miles inside the park. Park in the lot by the boat launch and meet in the gazebo adjacent to the launch.
Please arrive 30 minutes before the tour departure.
Cost Per Person: Adults $32.00, Children 12 and under $20.50
Number of Registrants Allowed: 40
Number of Guests Allowed Each Member: 1
RSVP By: Friday, March 21, 2019
Food/Beverage Arrangements: Participants may bring picnics to enjoy at the park or purchase lunch at the Pink Gator Cafe, located at the boat dock. (See menu at http://www.myakkaoutpost.com/caf-.html) The cafe is on the ground floor next to the boat launch. Restrooms are accessible by ramp on the upper level.
A good add-on to your Myakka experience is the canopy walk, which can be reached by car with parking near-by.
Contact Person from Organization: Duane Douglas, Site Manager, Myakka River State Park, Phone: 941-923-0220