Jigg's Landing on the Ever's Reservoir offers freshwater fishing and canoeing opportunities on the Evers Reservoir and Braden River. The property was purchased in 1944 by Al (Jiggs) and Agnes Metcalf and included a 7-acre piece of property. Their dream was to create a fish camp on the banks of the Braden River and they did so, creating a landmark that served Manatee County for more than 40 years.
Jiggs Landing has undergone extensive rennovations for the past year. The preserve re-opened on December 11, 2010 and is now open to the public.
Things to Do
Jiggs Landing is well known for its boat ramp which allows visitors to launch directly into the Braden River. But the newly renovated site also includes a number of new great features. The site has a number of recreational features including:
- Picnic areas
- Concession stand
- Wildlife viewing areas
- Nature-themed Playground
Kayak/Canoeing: A new handicap accessible canoe/kayak launch is located at the site. The launch gives paddlers access to the entire Braden River and its freshwater system.
Picnicking: Available at the various sites throughout the preserve on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Pavilion: The picnic pavilion is available by reservation on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please call Kelli at 941-742-5980 ext. 1807 to request a reservation.
Wildlife Viewing: Visitors can view a variety of birds and wildlife throughout the preserve in the restored native ecosystems.
The following ammenities will be added to Jiggs Landing as it develops:
- Interpretive signage
- Kayak concessions
- Bicycle concessions
- Food, bait, and drink concessions
Jiggs Landing Address: Map
6106 63rd Street East
- From Central Bradenton: Take US 41 to state road 70/53rd street. Go east toward I-75. Take a right on Caruso Road. Continue south on Caruso Road to the bend in the road; Jiggs Landing is located at the point where the road curves to the east.
- From I-75: take the exit for state road 70. Go west toward town. Make a left onto Caruso Road. Continue south on Caruso Road to the bend in the road; Jiggs Landing is located at the point where the road curves to the east.
Jiggs Landing is open daily.
The hours for the preserve section of the location, which includes the picnic pavilions and boardwalks, are:
Sunrise to Sunset
|Boat Ramp||The boat ramp at Jiggs Landing is open 24 hours a day.|
Phone: (941) 748-4501 ext. 4602