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Circle B Bar Reserve, Lakeland

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Wildlife Area
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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  • Plenty of wildlife to observe in their native habitat from a safe distance. Saw gators, eagles nest and plenty of other birds.  more »
  • The Tram Ride tour was very educational and interesting. Volunteer guide really knew his stuff. And it's FREE. But you have to phone on the 1st of the month to make a reservation. There are walking tr...  more »
  • If you want to see Florida Alligators in their natural habitat (Sort of), this is a good place to do it. Originally a cattle ranch (thus the funny name), this 1200 acre reserve has been allowed to rev...  more »