Snead Island

Snead Island is a small island near Bradenton, Florida. The island is primarily residential, though there are two private dry boat storage facilities and remnants of a former palm tree nursery. Emerson Point Preserve is a 365 acres (1.48 km2) preserve operated by Manatee County on the western end of Snead Island. It includes several Native American mounds in the Portavant Mound Site.


Emerson Point offers miles of trails to hikers, walkers and runners, whether they’re interested in long treks or shorter loops. Some of the boardwalks lead to the shallows on the shoreline. One leads to an observation tower that gives a view of Tampa Bay from more than 60 feet up. And yet another side trail leads to a 1,000-year-old Indian village and the Portevant Indian Mound, the largest remaining Indian mound on Florida’s west coast.

Signs along the paths explain the history of the area. The park is home to a pond that attracts wood storks, great blue herons, American egrets, little blue herons, roseate spoonbills and ducks of all sorts.

Emerson Point Preserve

Emerson Point Preserve is situated on the West end of Snead island on the North shore of the Manatee river with Terra Ceia Bay to the north. It offers a network of hiking and kayak trails to experience a wide variety of coastal Florida wildlife and habitats. Ancient and historic remains of its inhabitants are accessible and well interpreted to give a sense of what life in Manatee County was like prior to and during its settlement.

Location  5801 17th Street West  Palmetto, FL 34221
Emerson Point Preserve is open daily 365 days a year from sunrise to sunset. Trespassing after hours outside of programs and special events is prohibited and vehicles left unattended will be towed at owner's expense.

Things to Do

Picnic & Parties Hiking Dog Walking Kayaking/Canoeing Fishing Outdoor Education Observation Tower


Bradenton Yacht Club:

Over the years the club has grown from the 18 charter members to more than 1,200, and the original building on Snead Island has more than tripled in size.

The goal of the BYC board is to provide amenities to attract members from the Manatee County boating community.

“Our priorities are for boating people,” he said. “Seventy-five percent of our members own boats. 

There are three main groups at the BYC — the sailing fleet, the motoring fleet, and the fishing fleet — and each has a representative on the board.

But there also are several other boating and non-boating related clubs within the organization, such as Bridge Club, Great Mates, Investment Club, Navigators Club, Wine Society, and BYC Golf Club, to cover the varied interests of its members.

Another advantage for BYC members is the reciprocity of certain benefits with other clubs within the Florida Council of Yacht Clubs, an umbrella organization of 36 yacht clubs throughout Florida.


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