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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  • On an hour's walk yesterday I took 30 of the best wildlife shots I have ever taken: 4 gators, turtles, 7 colorful ducks huddeled together, egrets, great white egrets, blue herons and wild pigs!  more »
  • We love this place. Great for taking pictures and hiking. We have been several times and highly recommend.  more »
  • This is one of the truly unknown gems of Florida and perhaps throughout the country. This reserve is totally and absolutely free. The wildlife encounter is incredible and amazing. We were lucky to hav...  more »

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