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Anclote Key Preserve State Park

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ANK-Shore-marA favorite destination of many boaters is the North Anclote Key sandbar and Anclote Island


Blue-green Gulf waters lap gently along the preserve´s beautiful four-mile-long beach. Located three miles off the coast of Tarpon Springs, this park is accessible only by private boat. Visitors must bring water and supplies; there are no provisions on the island. The park is home to at least 43 species of birds, including the American oystercatcher, bald eagle, and piping plover. A picturesque 1887 lighthouse stands as a sentinel on the southern end of the island. Visitors can swim and sunbathe at the beach, then fire up a grill and enjoy a picnic. There is no charge for overnight stays in the primitive campground, but campers must check in by calling the park before arrival.


Two picnic pavilions are located at the middle of the island along the Gulf of Mexico side as well as one pavilion at the north end, in the designated primitive campground. Each picnic area is complete with composting toilet facilities, picnic tables and grills. No reservations are necessary as they are a first come first served basis. Please note that there are no electic hook-up nor running water available on the island. Please carry out what you carried in at this preserve