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Emerson Point Preserve

Updated on May 13, 2011

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.

Entrance to Emerson Point Preserve in Palmetto 34211
Entrance to Emerson Point Preserve in Palmetto 34211

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 Preserve - West Palmetto, FL:
5801 17th Street West Palmetto, FL 34221

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Activities at Emerson Point Include Hiking, Bicycling, Fishing, Canoeing, Kayaking, Wildlife Viewing, and Picknicking
Activities at Emerson Point Include Hiking, Bicycling, Fishing, Canoeing, Kayaking, Wildlife Viewing, and Picknicking

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).

Foot Traffic Only Sign for the Terra Ceia Overlook Trail at Emerson Point Preserve
Foot Traffic Only Sign for the Terra Ceia Overlook Trail at Emerson Point Preserve

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.

Kayaking at Emerson Point Preserve
Kayaking at Emerson Point Preserve

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.

Floating Dock at Emerson Point Preserve
Floating Dock at Emerson Point Preserve

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.

Pavilion at Emerson Point Preserve
Pavilion at Emerson Point Preserve

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.

Charcoal Grill at Emerson Point Preserve
Charcoal Grill at Emerson Point Preserve

Prohibited Activities at Emerson Point

The following activities are currently prohibited at the Emerson Point Preserve:

1. Possession of Alcohol

2. ATVs

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.

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    • galant profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @anonymous: Hello Beverly. Emerson Point is named after "James Emerson" who homesteaded the West-most point of Snead Island in 1899. There is a time line at the top of the Portavant Mound which gives a brief history of Snead Island and Emerson Point.

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      7 years ago

      Wonderful information. However, I am trying to find out what "Emerson" the point/park is named after. Thank youl

    • galant profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @Louis Wery: It's a fantastic place to kayak, walk, watch, and yes, photograph. I hope to update this page with some more great photos in the near future. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Louis Wery 

      7 years ago from Sarasota, Florida USA

      Thanks for sharing Emerson Park. Looks like a great place to photograph wildlife!

    • galant profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @anonymous: It's a great park! If you are making the trip, I might also suggest that you check out the Morning Breeze Thai Fusion Restaurant. They have a great American Breakfast, and some good Thai lunch specials. It's right on the way, and you have to pass it going in and out on 10th Street in Palmetto.

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      7 years ago

      I live so close and never knew this was here. I'm going to have to check it out the next warm weekend we get!


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