Anclote Key Preserve State Park - Florida

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Park Overview

Enjoy the blue-green Gulf waters that lap gently along the sandy beaches of the four islands that make up Anclote Key Preserve State Park - Anclote Key, North Anclote Bar, South Anclote Bar and Three Rooker Island. Located three miles off the coast of Tarpon Springs, Anclote Key Preserve State Park is accessible only by private boat or ferry service. The 403-acre 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, fire up a grill and enjoy a picnic, or pitch a tent and enjoy a night of primitive camping under the stars. There are no provisions offered on the island, so be prepared to bring your own water and supplies.

Getting Here

Anclote Key State Preserve is located three miles off Tarpon Springs and is accessible only by private boat.

Pets

When out at Anclote Key or Anclote Bar, you may notice the many shorebirds that rest and nest here. These northernmost barrier islands are considered by experts to be among the top five sites in the state for diversity and numbers of beach-nesting birds. Species such as the Piping Plover winters here, but can be found almost any month of the year. Nesting activity for most of these birds can begin as early as March and may last through to August. However, resting occurs year-round. It is vital to the birds\' survival not to disturb them while they are feeding or resting. They use precious energy stores every time they are flushed in the air. Dogs can cause great disturbance to nesting bird colonies and this is one of the reasons they are not allowed on Anclote Key or Three Rooker Bar. Please keep your pets away from the resting and nesting birds. Share the beaches with the birds and please obey all posted signs. Dogs are allowed in designated areas of both Honeymoon Island and North Anclote Bar, but must remain on a six-foot hand-held leash and under your control at all times. Thank you for visiting and enjoy your stay on the islands.

Park Address

c/o Honeymoon Island State Park, 1 Causeway Boulevard, Dunedin, Florida 34698

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