Myakka River

The Myakka River is a river in southwestern Florida. It arises near the Hardee-Manatee county line and flows southwest and then southeast through Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte counties to Charlotte Harbor, an arm of the Gulf of Mexico. The river is 72 miles (116 km) long and has a drainage basin of 314.7 square miles (815 km2). The last 20 miles (32 km) of the river is tidal and brackish.

Myakka River
Myakka River in El Jobean
Map of Myakka River in Florida
CountryUnited States
CountiesManatee, Sarasota, Charlotte
DistrictSouthwest Florida Water Management District
Physical characteristics
MouthGulf of Mexico
Charlotte Harbor
26.9145°N 82.1643°W / 26.9145; -82.1643
Length72 miles (116 km)
Basin size314.7 square miles (815 km2)[1]
Basin features
River systemMyakka River Watershed
LandmarksMyakka River State Park, T. Mabry Carlton Reserve, Snook Haven, Deer Prairie Creek Preserve, Jelks Preserve, Myakka State Forest, Myakka Park
WaterbodiesLake Myakka

The Myakka River remains relatively undeveloped. A 12-mile (19 km) stretch of the river is preserved in Myakka River State Park. A 34-mile (55 km) portion of the river in Sarasota County (including all of the park) was designated as a state Wild and Scenic River in 1985 by the Florida Legislature.


See also


  • Dorsey, Tim and Barry, Rick. 1990. Myakka River. in Marth, Del and Marty Marth, eds. The Rivers of Florida. Sarasota, Florida: Pineapple Press, Inc. ISBN 0-910923-70-1.

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