This Park is centrally located in the County and offers all manner of things to do and see. The office is always open and ready for your questions and comments. Stop in and tell Lloyd we said hello.
Near the office you’ll spot several enclosures which are homes to the Park’s raptors. These are beautiful birds who can no longer survive in the wild. They are lovingly cared for by the volunteers in the Raptor Society. You’ll often find these birds out with their handlers and ready for their next photo opportunity with you.
There is a large open-air picnic pavilion where some Clubs meet (as we did during the height of the Pandemic). It can be reserved for visitors’ use as well. There is also an Education Center Classroom nearby with restrooms and modern A/V equipment the Clubs use. This is also available to reserve for your function.
The whole Park was refurbished not long ago with a beautiful play area for children, a turtle pond and a butterfly garden. You’ll find activities planned throughout the year by the staff and Clubs for the public to enjoy.
Next you can enjoy walking the wide and well-maintained Nature Trails leading to Moccasin Pond and Moccasin Lake. There are bridges, boardwalks and viewing areas along the trails. Keep a watchful eye – up - for the many birds that visit the Park – and down - for the four-footed, pawed critters that call the Park home. Always something to see and enjoy along the way.
“Moccasin Lake is a 51-acre nature preserve with trails and boardwalks under a canopy of mature oaks and across ponds and creeks, with an array of wildlife including gopher turtles, raccoons, and many birds. It is home to several injured birds of prey. The Park offers classes, programs, camps and meeting/reception rentals with both indoor and outdoor meeting space. Volunteer opportunities are available.
There are a number of Clubs and Societies that meet regularly at the Education Center building including Friends in Focus Photography of which we are members.
These all meet at Moccasin Lake Nature Park:
The Clearwater Audubon Society, Florida Herb Society, Suncoast Herpetological Society, Inc., Tampa Bay Turtle & Tortoise Society, Florida Native Plant Society, Hukyu Bonsai Society, Friends in Focus Photography Club, Safety Harbor Garden Club, Friends of Moccasin Lake, and the Moccasin Lake Raptor Sanctuary.
If you have an interest in joining any of these groups you can find more info about each on the Moccasin Lake website link below. You may also want to pick up a free copy of "My Clearwater," the quarterly magazine that tells about everything going on in the Clearwater Park System.
“Every other Saturday, there is a nature and science display at the park for children ages 0-99! This is educational, fun, and free! Currently, we are observing CDC guidelines to keep our volunteers and visitors safe.”