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Manatee County

Emerson Point Park

This 365 acre state-owned, county-managed park is located at the west end of Snead Island, which is in the lower end of Tampa Bay between the Manatee River and Terra Ceia Bay.  Emerson Point Park is home to the Portevant Temple Mound, the largest remaining Indian Mound on Florida's west coast.  The Park has two picnic shelters and several portable restrooms.  (For a map of the Park, click here.)

From Port Charlotte, take I-75 north to Exit 224 (Ellenton-Palmetto).  Follow Route 301 South (actually traveling west in this area) toward Palmetto.  When 301 turns south at Palmetto, leave it by going straight ahead, west on 10th St.  Follow 10th St. over the bridge to Snead Island.  Follow the signs to the Park.  Just over the bridge, turn right on Tarpon Ave, then left on 17th St, which dead-ends into the Park.   

The Park has a variety of native ecosystems, including beaches, lagoons, salt marshes, mangrove swamps, grass flats, tropical hardwood hammocks, hardwood hammocks, and semi-upland wooded areas.  There is a variety of indigenous flora and fauna. You may see wading birds, such as Egrets (including the Reddish Egret), Herons, Ibises, and Roseate Spoonbills in the lagoons.  You may see shorebirds, such as the Ruddy Turnstone and Sandpipers along the island shoreline.  Several species of ducks may be observed in the lagoons and on the bay.  Along the trails you may see several different types of Warblers and  Woodpeckers.