Circle B Bar Reserve, Lakeland

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The Circle B Bar Reserve is an area of protected lands in Polk County, Florida. Comprising 1267acre at 4399 Winter Lake Road (SR 540) near Lakeland, Florida, the area is managed by the Polk County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). It is jointly owned by the BOCC and the Southwest Florida Water Management District.Polk's Nature Discovery Center, completed in 2008, features interactive displays about the plants, animals and ecosystems of the reserve. The center serves as the focus of environmental education programs and explorations for families, school groups, teachers, adults and other visitors.Circle B Bar Reserve is named after the cattle ranch that once occupied the site. It was purchased to help maintain the Banana Creek marsh area. The preserve is home to an impressive array of birds such as white ibis, roseate spoonbills, sandhill cranes and bald eagles along with other wildlife like alligators, bobcats, snakes, gray squirrels, river otters and wild hogs. It underwent a wetland restoration effort.
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  • August 10, 2017
    Excellent tram tour. Guide was very knowledgeable about both the history of the Circle B Bar Reserve as well as the wildlife we saw along the tour. Have your cameras ready!  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Lots of wild life here to be seen and heard!! Make sure to pack some snacks and drinks as it's a little bit of a trek but sure to tire out the little ones!!!  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    We've been hiking the Circle B for several years now. Great place to see alligators in the wild. There are two active bald eagle nests located on the reserve. Wildlife photographers can always be foun...  more »

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