Emerson Point Preserve
Manatee County Nature Preserve in Palmetto, FL
Emerson Point Preserve is one of several nature preserves in Manatee County, FL. Emerson Point is located on the West Coast of Florida just south of the Tampa Bay in Western Palmetto, FL. Nestled between the Mouth of Terra Ceia Bay and the Manatee River Head, Emerson Point provides fantastic views of Florida waterways, ecosystems, animals, and so much more.
The picture I have included here is of an Osprey at Emerson Point who was enjoying his freshly caught fish on the limb of a tree overlooking one of the preserve's waterways.
As a resident of Palmetto, I frequently visit this majestic park, and I wanted to Share Emerson Point with you. While I will do my best to share Emerson Point Preserve with you, the best way to experience Emerson Point is to visit, so I have also included a way for you to get directions.
Photo used under Creative Commons from gtalan.
A Brief Overview of Emerson Point
The Where and Why
Emerson Point Address and Contact Information
5801 17th Street West
Palmetto, FL 34221
Phone: (941) 721-6885
Fax: (941) 721-2231
The Emerson Point Preserve on Snead Island in Palmetto, FL is one of Manatee County's Nature Preserves. It is 365 acres of beautiful Florida which has allowed Manatee County to preserve some of its natural history. Trails and walkways (including an Observation Tower that overlooks the Manatee River, the Terra Ceia Bay, and the Tampa Bay) have been created and developed to allow visitors to get a great view of the park and everything it has to offer.
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Emerson Point Links and Information
- Emerson Point Prserve Official Page from Manatee County
A General Overview that Includes Park Hours, Address, and More information about Emerson Point.
- Keep Manatee Beautiful
Keep Manatee Beautiful Host two events a year at the Emerson Point Preserve that allows volunteers to contribute to the preservation of the park.
- Kayak Jacks Kayak and Paddle Sport Rentals for Emerson Point
Kayak Jacks is a full service kayak and paddle sport rental service that delivers kayaks to you. Their prices are very reasonable starting at $30 for 4 hours of a single person kayak and $35 for 4 hours of tandem kayaks. Their rentals include necessa
General Introduction to Activities at Emerson Point
Hiking At Emerson Point
Emerson Point Preserve features approximately 6.5 miles of trails and paths according to the Emerson Point Preserve Brochure. This includes a 1.5 mile section of paved bike trail and walkway (which if you walk out you must walk back in so that is another 1.5 miles).
Bicycling at Emerson Point
Bicycling at Emerson Point Preserve is Limited. I would estimate that 60% of the trails are accessible by bicycle. Not worry though, there are at least 3-4 places throughout the preserve which have bike racks if you choose to visit the preserve by bicycle.
If you are looking to get some good cycling in, it may be best that you include Emerson Point as part of a longer bike ride as opposed to all of your ride.
Canoeing and Kayaking at Emerson Point
There is a canoe and kayak launch at Emerson Point that allows visitors to access some remote waterways of Emerson Point and/or get right into the Terra Ceia Bay. Launching your Kayak from the beach of Emerson Point Preserve will allow you to quickly access the Manatee River and/or the Terra Ceia Bay.
Fishing at Emerson Point
Fishing is allowed in the designated areas which includes a Floating Dock on the Manatee River on the South Side of the Port Avant Temple Mound.
Wildlife and Bird Viewing at Emerson Point
Birding and Wildlife Viewing at Emerson Point is great. The Observation Tower lets you get a great view of the Entire Preserve, but visitors may find that some of the best sights come from walking the miles of paths and trails provided at Emerson Point.
Picknicking at Emerson Point
Really, you can open up your lunch box on any of the numerous park benches throughout the Preserve, but Manatee County has been kind enough to provide 2 small pavilions and one very large pavilion in which they have placed some great picnic tables for a more pleasant eating experience outside of the Florida Sun.
These Pavilions can be reserved by calling the Emerson Point Preserve Rangers at (941) 721-6885.
Prohibited Activities at Emerson Point
The following activities are currently prohibited at the Emerson Point Preserve:
1. Possession of Alcohol
3. Off-Road Driving
4. Pets Off of Leashes
5. Collection or Destruction of Property, Wildlife, Plants, or Artifacts
6. Fires can only be had in the Grills Provided by the Preserve. (Bring Your Own Charcoal).
Emerson Point Frequently Asked Questions
A Continually Updating Section for FAQs
Q1: What is the Proper Name?
While most people will know what you are talking about if you say Emerson Point, Emerson Point Park, Emerson Point Reserve, Emerson Park, etc, The proper name is Emerson Point Preserve.
About this Page
I created this page in January 2011. I intend to update this page with lots of photos, and additional information. This is an early publish, and I look forward to updating it, and making it even better.