Edward Medard Reservoir Park
Edward Medard Park is a favorite spot for picnickers in the Plant City area. This county park was once the site of a phosphate mine and offers some local Florida birding.
Formerly known as Pleasant Grove Reservoir, this 770-acre site is located in Hillsborough County, east of Brandon, one mile south of State Route 60 on Turkey Creek Road. The park offers canoeing (rentals available), boating (no wake), catch and release fishing (stocked with bass and channel catfish) and first come first served overnight camping. There is $2 daily entry fee per vehicle with up to 8 people in in it.
One unique aspect of the park is the exposed root system (due to erosion) on some of the live oak trees.
During the Telephoto Florida visit osprey soared overhead looking for fish in the reservoir. Grackles, anhingas, a palm warbler or two were easily spotted along the boardwalk. Of note is that pets are allowed and the park has a disc golf course, plenty of restrooms.
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