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St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park

 About St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park

A kayaker paddles along the mangrove shoreline at St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park.


John Lakich

Come enjoy a summer visit to one of Florida’s hidden gems. With over 2 miles of undeveloped Atlantic coast beach and 4.5 miles of bustling nearshore reef, the preserve has been known to put on quite a nature show. Take a walk on the secluded beach and watch the shorebirds scurry as the waves roll ashore. Bring your favorite fishing pole, or take a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk and enjoy our self-guided plant walk. Simply pick up a plant identification brochure at the Ranger Station kiosk and match the number on the boardwalk railing with the corresponding number in the brochure to identify the plant. Then return the brochure at the end. Simple and fun.


St. Lucie Inlet Preserve offers a great natural experience for the individual or the whole family. If you are bringing a canoe or kayak, be sure to check out our paddle trail. The 2 1/2-hour loop through the inner tidal creek will surround you with mangroves and wildlife. It is best to follow the current near a high tide.


The summer also means nesting sea turtles and shorebirds are using undeveloped park beaches for their survival. Please give them the space they deserve and remember that dogs are not allowed on state park beaches.


Come beat the heat with a dip in the ocean and enjoy "...the Real Florida.”


Note: Tram service to the beach operates every weekend and state holidays 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


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St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park is located in Port Salerno, on the Intracoastal Waterway, 2/3 of a mile south of the St. Lucie inlet.


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