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This aerial photo, taken in 2009, shows the blue waters of the inlet and the green trees and white sands of the park. The surf is always great at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park. In this photo, a surfer rides in on the waves. In this 2009 photo a rehabilitated loggerhead sea turtle returns to the sea. This photo shows volunteers installing a new bench at Jack Island State Preserve, located just one-and-a-half miles north of the park.
Fort Pierce Inlet State Park
This photo, looking through the sea oats towards the water, highlights the aqua-blue of Fort Pierce Inlet.

History and Culture

Ft. Pierce Inlet State Park is a half-mile stretch of white sand on a sunny Florida beach. During World War II, it was the birthplace and training ground for U.S. Navy Frogmen, forerunners of today's Navy Seals. It was here that many of the 140,000 personnel stationed in the area practiced for the D-Day invasion of Europe. 'Dynamite Point' earned its name from the activities of the Navy Underwater Demolition Team.

This historic photo shows Fort Pierce Inlet circa 1965.

Fort Pierce Inlet

This inlet was built in the early 1900s when a storm closed in the natural inlet about one mile north of this location. During WWII, the Navy used the inlet and the surrounding land to train their landing craft crews. Later, the area became a county park and has been popular with surfers ever since.

In this historic photo, Navy Underwater Demolition Team (UDT) trainees and their tents are set up on the beach by the jetty (photo, U.S. Navy).

Navy UDT tents

The Navy Underwater Demolition Team (UDT) used the beaches and trained on the property that would become Fort Pierce Inlet State Park. The inlet side of the park is still called Dynamite Point, as it was named by the Navy UDTs who exploded ammunition there. *Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy.

This 1968 photo shows a bridge over a stream on Jack Island State Preserve.

Jack Island

Jack Island State Preserve is located approximately one-and-a-half miles from the main park. This island in the Indian River Lagoon has always welcomed hikers and birding enthusiasts.

This photo shows two veterans with an American flag outside their tents at the WWII Navy Veterans Reunion in 1985.

Navy Veterans

Navy Veterans who trained in Fort Pierce during World War II met at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park for annual reunions. The former sailors camped along the inlet and explained the naval history of the area to park visitors. Thousands of sailors trained on these beaches during World War II.

This photo shows a prescribed fire burning undergrowth near the park drive.

Prescribed Fire

Prescribed fire is one of the agency's tools for land management. Prescribed burning helps maintain fire-dependent habitats.