Camp Bayou Nature Preserve & Outdoor Learning Center

Canoe/Kayak Launch Bird Watching Hiking Trail Museum

A majority of preserves and some parks are now open. Visit the Closures & Reopenings page for more info.

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Location and Hours


4140 24th St. SE
Ruskin, FL 33570


Canoe launch and west section of the preserve

  • Daily from 8 AM to 6 PM
Visitor's center
  • Thurs. - Sat. from 9 AM to 2 PM


(813) 671-7754


The Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center is a 160 acre nature preserve run entirely by volunteers. It is operated in partnership with the non-profit Bayou Outdoor Learning and Discovery, Inc. (BOLD) and our Conservation and Environmental Lands Management department.

Camp Bayou Map | Camp Bayou Trail Map


Features and activities include:

  • butterfly garden
  • visitor's center
  • canoe and kayak launch
  • fossil dig
  • geocaching and letterboxing
  • Enchanted Forest
  • Paleo Preserve Fossil Museum

For additional information regarding the Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center, please call (813) 641-8545.


  • Bird Watching
  • Canoe/Kayak Launch
  • Hiking Trail
  • Museum
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restrooms
  • Visitors Center