Jiggs Landing Preserve


Jiggs Landing on the Evers 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.


6106 63rd Street East
Bradenton, FL


Jiggs Landing Preserve is open daily, sunrise to sunset.

Are you an angler who prefers to be out on the water before sunrise?  Preserve hours are limited, but Boat Ramp access is not.  Purchase your one-time Gate Access Card so you can be out on the water at the time of your preference.  Cards are available for sale at the G.T. Bray Recreation Center for $30/each.  A replacement card is $5/each.

Jiggs Landing Outpost is open daily, 8 a.m. - sunset / 7 p.m. for cabin rentals and boat ramp users with Gate Access Card (see details above)

Things to Do

Jiggs Landing is well known for its boat ramp which allows visitors to launch directly into the Braden River and its freshwater system.  The site also includes a number of great recreational features, available to the public, including:
  • Boat Ramp (nighttime access card: $30 - see details above)
  • Boardwalks
  • Canoe/kayak launch (handicap accessible)
  • Dock
  • Interpretive signage
  • Nature-themed playground
  • Wildlife viewing areas
  • Picnic areas
  • Small pavilion
  • Large pavilion (available to rent)
  • Jiggs Landing Outpost
    • Bait and tackle
    • Boat/canoe/kayak rentals
    • Boat tours
    • Cabin rentals
    • Concession stand (food and beverages)
    • Live music

For information on cabin and pavilion rentals, watercraft rentals, guided river tours or bait/concessions, please visit the Jiggs Landing Outpost website or call (941) 727-4181. Open 7-days a week, 8 a.m. - sunset / 7 p.m. for cabin rentals and boat ramp users with Gate Access Card.  Visit their Facebook page too!

The large pavilion with picnic tables/benches and grills is available for rent by individual/private parties. Please note extra tables, chairs, and activities that are open to the public require a Special Event PermitReserve the pavilion.