Bivens Arm Nature Park, Gainesville

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Bivens Arm is a body of water in Gainesville, Florida. Located west of U.S. Route 441 and south of Archer Road, it is a part of Paynes Prairie. Bivens Arm is a small shallow lake covering approximately 189 acres in southwest Gainesville. Bivens Arm is a unique environment, which supports a wide diversity of plant and animal life in an urban setting. Tumblin Creek, which is fed by small springs and seeps, drains into Bivens Arm and is the primary source of drainage into the lake. Bivens Arm overflows onto Paynes Prairie and eventually discharges to the aquifer via Alachua Sink.
The early history of Bivens Arm is not well documented given that it is a relatively small body of water. The earliest known use of the land around the lake was as hunting grounds by Native Americans. Beginning in the late 1800s, the land was used mostly for agricultural purposes including cattle ranching, swine farms, vegetable farms, and orange groves. In the 1930s, Bivens Arm was designated as a bird sanctuary and rookery and even had a resident ranger to care for the sanctuary. In 1965, the state of Florida designated the lake area as a wildlife sanctuary (Bill No. 1356 Chap. 65 1005). In 1981, the City of Gainesville purchased the land between the lake and Williston Road (SR 331) to form the Bivens Arm Nature Park. This park features a lush Live Oak Hammock habitat and marshlands, which periodically become inundated with rising water levels from the lake.
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  • A really cool park where you can walk various loops. Massive pine trees in the park too. There is a pavilion where you can have a nice relaxing picnic.  more »
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  • Beautiful small park with incredible nature walk , elevated walk areas and down in the dirt, but well marked, trails meandering through wooded terrain just far enough from the road to let you forget you are in the city. Swing sets, climbing "rocks", picnic tables, seating and space for various events, plenty of shade, covered pavilions, open deck areas and parking for about about twenty. Peaceful, shady, sounds and scenes of nature every where you look.
  • Nice, very small park. However, when I punched into my navigator, I requested animal friendly and this park does not allow dogs, so did not meet my need for the afternoon. But the park is clean, and quiet and shady. Nice small picnic spot, without an animal.

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