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St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park

 Activities at St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park

Beaches

Beaches

The park provides 2.7 miles of white, sandy Atlantic beach for your enjoyment. Sunbathe, stroll, or just watch the waves wash ashore. From March to October, the beach is an important nesting area for leatherback, green and loggerhead sea turtles. A beach wheelchair is available for reservation and use. Please contact park in advance for reasonable accommodations.

Boating

Boating

The park is accessible only by private watercraft.

Canoeing & Kayaking

Canoeing & Kayaking

Although no rentals are available, there are miles of tidal creek waiting to be explored with your own kayak or canoe. The nearest launch point is at the end of Cove Road where it meets the Intracoastal Waterway.

Fishing

Fishing

There are several good areas for fishing in the park. From the docks: snook, snapper and sheepshead are regularly hooked. From the beach: snook, pompano and bluefish are caught. Offshore, along the reef: cobia, snapper and mackerel are regular catches. A saltwater fishing license may be required.

Hiking/Nature Trail

Hiking/Nature Trail

A 3,330-foot boardwalk meanders from the dock to the beach. Along the way, you will traverse two coastal hammocks. The skunk-like aroma is from the white stopper, a tropical tree. Some of the common plants observed along the way are live oak, cabbage palm, paradise tree, wild lime and several species of native fern. Along the beach, you will see gray nicker bean, coin vine and federally-listed plants such as the beach star.

Picnicking

Picnicking

A covered picnic shelter is available with 8 picnic tables and 2 grills, within sight of the beach, for your enjoyment.

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

An extensive Anastasia rock reef is located just offshore of the park extending 4.7 miles along the coast and up to 1 mile offshore. Depths range from 5 ft. to 35 ft. This reef is the northernmost limit for the ranges of several species of corals found in South Florida. In addition, many species of marine plants and tropical fishes are associated with the reef. No spearfishing is permitted within state park boundaries. Park boundary is marked by yellow buoys and extends 1 mile out and 4.7 miles south of the St. Lucie Inlet. A 'Diver-Down' flag is required by law to be displayed.  

Showers, Day Visitors

Showers, Day Visitors

Freshwater shower is available at the beach restroom to wash off the salt and sand after a fun day at the beach.

Snorkeling

Snorkeling

You can see a variety of sea life just a few hundred feet from shore. An extensive Anastasia rock reef is located just offshore of the park extending 4.7 miles along the coast and up to 1 mile offshore. Depths range from 5 ft. to 35 ft. Just remember to "take nothing but photos and leave nothing but ripples." A 'Diver-Down' flag must be displayed when snorkeling or diving.

Swimming

Swimming

The water temperature varies from the mid to upper eighties in the summer, to mid to lower seventies in the winter. Riptides can occur on days with strong onshore winds. There are no lifeguards on duty. Please swim at your own risk.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

Many species of wildlife may be observed at St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park, including bobcats, otters, raccoons and more. Morning and late afternoon are the best times to see most wildlife, since that is when they are feeding and most active. The park's varied habitats provide excellent opportunities for birding enthusiasts to view many different species of birdlife. The park is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail. St. Lucie is also a very good place to see wading birds and shorebirds including great blue herons, brown pelicans, white ibis and the purple plover.