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Oleta River State Recreation Area
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Oleta River State Recreation Area
Description - The beauty of the river has drawn man to its banks for centuries. As early as 500 BC, the river was home to the Tequesta Indians who camped along the river's shore. The estuary provided them with a rich and varied diet. When Spaniards first visited the area they encountered bear, deer, panthers, bobcats, wolves, alligators, manatees and numerous birds and small animals.

With miles of bicycle and canoe trails, a sandy swimming beach, shaded picnic pavilions and a fishing pier, Oleta River State Recreation Area offers visitors an outstanding, outdoor recreational experience within the confines of urban South Florida.

Attractions - At 1,043 acres, Oleta River State Park is the largest urban park in the state. Located on Biscayne Bay in northeast Dade County, the most prominent natural feature of the park is the Oleta River, for which the park is named. Today, the Oleta River no longer flows north into the Everglades but its beauty and splendor lives on. Water birds feed along the mangrove-lined shoreline and the endangered West Indian manatee finds refuge from South Florida's crowded waterways.

Recreation - Visitors have a wide choice of outdoor recreations including sunbathing, fishing, mountain biking, hiking, picnicking, swimming, and canoeing.

Climate - Southern Florida lies within a subtropical climate. It is usually hot and humid in the summer with brief afternoon thundershowers. It is not unusual for temperatures to exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit with averages reaching above 83 degrees Fahrenheit (above 29 Celsius). Winters are mild and dry with temperatures averaging above 64 degrees Fahrenheit (above 18 Celsius). The average precipitation for the southeast area is more than 60 inches per year. The powerful rays of the sun make it a good idea to wear hats and sunglasses along with using a SPF-15 (or above) sunscreen when planning outdoor activities.

Location - Oleta River State Recreation Area an urban park and is located just off U.S. Highway 1 in North Miami.


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Oleta River State Recreation Area, 3400 NE 163rd Street , North Miami, FL, 33160, Phone: 305-919-1846

Additional Information:
Florida Lakes, Rivers & Springs - The lakes, rivers and springs in Florida range from huge fresh water lakes to spring-fed serpentine rivers to year-round naturally warm swimming holes.
Florida State Parks - The mission of the Florida Park Service is to provide resource-based recreation while preserving, interpreting and restoring natural and cultural resources.
Southeast Florida - Southeast Florida features unmatched natural, historical and cultural attractions. Dominating nearly 1.5 million acres, Everglades National Park is the forebear to the area's public lands.

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Florida Division of Recreation & Parks - Official agency website.

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