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Map of Myakka River in Florida
|Counties||Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte|
|District||Southwest Florida Water Management District|
|River mouth||Gulf of Mexico
|Length||72 miles (116 km)|
|River system||Myakka River Watershed|
|Basin size||314.7 square miles (815 km2)|
|Landmarks||Myakka River State Park, T. Mabry Carlton Reserve, Snook Haven, Deer Prairie Creek Preserve, Jelks Preserve, Myakka State Forest, Myakka Park|
The Myakka River is a river in southwestern Florida. It arises near the Hardee-Manatee county line and flows southwest and then southeast through Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte counties to Charlotte Harbor, an arm of the Gulf of Mexico. The river is 72 miles (116 km) long and has a drainage basin of 314.7 square miles (815 km2). The last 20 miles (32 km) of the river is tidal and brackish.
The Myakka River remains relatively undeveloped. A 12-mile (19 km) stretch of the river is preserved in Myakka River State Park. A 34-mile (55 km) portion of the river in Sarasota County (including all of the park) was designated as a state Wild and Scenic River in 1985 by the Florida Legislature.
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