Parks & Conservation Resources manages the County’s environmentally sensitive lands using resource management practices that promote the quality of native ecosystems. Management practices focus on maintaining or enhancing the natural biological diversity.
Management areas are properties that protect natural and cultural resources, but generally are not set up for typical public activities.
Alligator Lake Management Area – map Located near Safety Harbor and connected to Old Tampa Bay, this Management Area is about 53 acres and includes two wading bird rookery islands.
Anclote Islands Management Area – map Since 2000, Pinellas County has bought nearly 160 acres of environmentally sensitive salt marsh, mangrove islands, and upland communities along the Anclote River in Tarpon Springs.
Cow Branch Management Area – map Found at the southwestern end of Lake Tarpon, this 86-acre Management Area consists primarily of cypress swamps with some upland hardwood forests.
East Lake Management Area – map This nearly 24-acre property was donated to the County in 1987 as conservation land. The parcel has forested wetlands with artificial ponds and canals nestled among several residential communities west of East Lake Road.
Joe’s Creek Management Area Nearly 200 acres of pine-dominated uplands and coastal estuaries are protected within this Management Area near the north end of Boca Ciega Bay in St. Petersburg.
King Islands Management Area – map This approximately 25-acre Management Area consists of two small islands and surrounding waters. It is in the intracoastal waters south of the Dunedin Causeway.
Lake Seminole Management Area – map This linear tract comprised mostly of forested uplands lies along the northeastern edge of Lake Seminole. It is not connected to the County’s Lake Seminole County Park.
Lake Tarpon Management Area – map Located on the northeastern shore of Lake Tarpon, this Management Area consists of 42 acres of high-quality forested wetlands.
Lake Tarpon West Management Area – map The smallest Management Area at 3.7 acres, it is on the western shore of Lake Tarpon and protects forested wetlands and other natural communities.