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Anclote Key Preserve State Park


Welcome To Anclote Key Preserve State Park:

  • Located In: Pinellas County
  • Mailing Address: No. 1 Causeway Blvd., Dunedin, FL 34698
  • Phone: 727-469-5942
  • Size: 192 acres, 4 miles of beach

History Of Anclote Key Preserve State Park:

Anclote Key Preserve State Park surfaced about 1,000 years ago, pushed up from the floor of the Gulf of Mexico to rest on a limestone platform. According to recent surveys, the island continues to grow, with about a documented 30 percent increase in size since 1957.

The lighthouse, found on the island’s southern tip and maintained as a historic structure, was built in 1887 after President Grover Cleveland declared the island a lighthouse reservation in 1886.

Things To Do In Anclote Key Preserve State Park:

  • Beaches – Visitors enjoy relaxing, sunbathing and strolling on the beach.
  • Boating
  • Picnicking – There are three picnic pavilions, picnic tables and grills.
  • Primitive Camping
  • Wildlife Viewing

Hours of Operation: :

Florida state parks are open from 8 a.m. until sundown 365 days a year.

How To Get To Anclote Key Preserve State Park:

Visitors will find that Anclote Key is accessible by boat only. Personal watercraft may anchor offshore. Others may reach the island by ferry service. Call SunLine Cruises at 727-944-4468 or Sponge-O-Rama at 727-943-2164. These ferries both leave from the historic sponge docks at Tarpon Springs.

Park Fees:

Admission Fee: Free
Camping Fee: There is no charge for overnight stays in the primitive campground, but campers must check in by calling the park before arrival.

What Makes Anclote Key Preserve State Park Special:

Anclote Key Preserve State Park is located three miles off Tarpon Springs and is accessible only by boat. The park is actually made up of four islands, including Anclote Key, North Anclote Bar, South Anclote Bar and Three Rooker Island. Anclote Key is the northernmost island of the 320-mile chain of barrier islands which protect much of Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Anclote Key Preserve State Park has been preserved in a primitive state. Since it is accessible only by boat and it is remote, the island attracts many birds that tend to avoid human contact, making the park a key destination for birdwatchers. The park is home to at least 43 species of birds, including the American oystercatcher, bald eagle and piping plover.

Primitive camping is available on the north end of the island along with picnic pavilions and grills. Visitors should bring plenty of sunscreen, bug spray and – most importantly – water. Visitors must bring water and supplies; there are no provisions on the island.

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