Oscar Scherer State Park - Osprey, Florida

Oscar Scherer State Park offers visitors a number of recreational activities, as well as a preserve of Florida's natural habitat and wildlife. Several threatened species, including the Florida Scrub-Jay call the park home. Bald eagles, bobcats, river otters and alligators can also be seen in the park.

About The Park

Alligator ©2002

Oscar Scherer State Park offers visitors a number of recreational activities, as well as a preserve of Florida's natural habitat and wildlife. Several threatened species, including the Florida Scrub-Jay call the park home. Bald eagles, bobcats, river otters and alligators can also be seen in the park.

For bicycle enthusiasts the park offers several trails totaling approx. 15 miles and connects to Sarasota's Legacy Trail. Mountain bikes or bikes with similar tires are recommended due to the sandy nature of many of the trails. Oscar Scherer is also a full camping facility with seasonal rates that are higher from Nov. - May 31.

Tent and RV campsites are available with complete hook-ups for electric and water. Each of the five bathhouses in the campgrounds are equipped with restrooms and hot water showers and are reserved for registered campers only. The showers are available for non-campers for an extra fee.

Great Blue Heron ©2002

Canoeing in South Creek is one of the more popular activities at the park. You can bring your own, or rent a canoe or kayak by the hour or day. South Creek, fed by rainfall, flows through the park and out into the Intracoastal Waterway which leads out to the Gulf of Mexico. A variety of wildlife can be seen from a canoe or kayak including heron, egret and other wading birds.

Oscar Scherer wouldn't be a Florida State park without fishing. Lake Osprey, inside the park, is a 3 acre freshwater lake offering anglers a chance to catch bream, bluegill, largemouth bass and channel catfish.  A fishing license is required for anyone over 15 and can be purchased at most bait and tackle shops or at the Sarasota County Tax Collector's office just up the road across from Sarasota Square Mall about 4 miles north.

Picnic areas are available in the park along with picnic tables, charcoal grills, pavilions and a playground. The South Creek picnic area has a restroom, pavilion and canoe launch. At Lake Osprey, there's a bathhouse and nature center and a small swimming beach on the lake.

Florida state parks are open from 8 a.m. until sundown 365 days a year.

Oscar Scherer State Park
1843 S. Tamiami Trail
Osprey, 34229
941-483-5956