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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  • Lions and tiger and bears, oh my! Ok, not really but in two trips to Circle B we've seen a hog/bore, a Bobcat up close and personal (no choice as he walked past us on a narrow path), numerous armadill...  more »
  • We took a drive to Circle B Bar Reserve to try and see some local wildlife. It was nice to get away from the tourist areas of Orlando and into nature. We saw alligators, armadillo, wild pigs and a who...  more »
  • I was born and raised in Florida so I have been to many parks, reserves, sanctuaries throughout the state over my 57 years but Circle B Bar Reserve is by far the best to date I am amazed at how unaffe...  more »

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