Gabriola Island Recreation Services
Leave No Trace – Leave areas better than how you found them by staying on designated trails and packing out all trash. Whether by bicycle, horse, wheelchair, kayak or on your own two feet, trails both within and outside our state parks can lead to a wide variety of adventure and opportunity throughout Florida. Fisherman have good luck fishing for catfish from Blanchard Island.
The canal flows under many bridges and paddlers will have to portage their boats over the concrete locks along the canal. Firewood is now available for campers at the Cottonwood Camphost site located adjacent to the park entrance. Gathering firewood is prohibited in State Parks and is a citable offense.
Large stands of ostrich ferns and several rare plant species are found in this natural area. The park is a high use recreation area which receives heavy use from May through October. The late fall, winter and early spring months are much slower paced at the park and offer some of the best fishing opportunities of the year. One of the outstanding water-oriented recreation areas in the world, the area offers great fishing, including striped bass, sturgeon, catfish, bluegill, perch and bullhead. Franks Tract, a protected wetland marsh, is home to beaver, muskrat, river otter, mink and 76 species of birds.
Great Turtle Park currently houses a soccer field, sand volleyball court, basketball court, softball field, disc golf course, pavilion with a fireplace and seasonal bathrooms. Read more frequently asked questions about vehicle permit fee exemptions for Rainbow Beach residents. A vehicle access permit must be obtained before driving on Bribie Island, K’gari , Mulgumpin , Cooloola and Minjerribah recreation areas—fees apply. So I compromised & scheduled for today and told someone would call me the day before to give us the delivery window. When we didn’t get a call yesterday, we decided to call and spoke to the installation department.
There are picnic facilities, a shelter house and restrooms. A variety of geese, ducks and other waterfowl also come to the area before heading farther north. Ask park personnel for more information about the best times and locations to view these impressive wildlife displays. Over the years, several fruit growing companies had interest in the Carney Island property, and it was eventually acquired by the Coca-Cola Company in 1960 when they purchased the Minute Maid Corporation. In 1990, officials with Coca-Cola agreed to sell the Carney Island property to Marion County at a price below market value.
Seven Mile Slough picnic area includes picnic tables, barbecues and drinking water. The restroom facilities were completed late in 1997 and include flush toilets and outdoor cold showers. A Life Jacket Lending Board will be available, however no Lifeguarding Services are currently provided. A recreation ordinance was adopted by the City on January 17, 1996.