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Stump Pass Beach State Park

 Activities at Stump Pass Beach State Park

Beaches

Beaches

This beach on the Gulf of Mexico is perfect for swimming, snorkeling, fishing and sunbathing. During the winter months, shelling is very popular. Visitors are reminded that the taking of live shells is prohibited.

Boat Ramp

Boat Ramp

Boat launching sites are located within one mile of Stump Pass and the nearby islands.

Boating

Boating

The protected waters of the bay are ideal for small boat cruising, sailing and water skiing.

Canoeing & Kayaking

Canoeing & Kayaking

You must furnish your own canoe or kayak. (More info will be added).

Participation Requirements

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing is popular around Stump Pass and on the nearby grass flats. Catches can yield flounder, snook, trout, redfish, snapper, whiting, sheepshead and tarpon.

Participation Requirements

Hiking/Nature Trail

Hiking/Nature Trail

Take a quiet stroll along the 1.3-mile hiking trail that stretches to the southern end of the park and through the park’s five distinct natural communities.  Along this trail you may see a variety of  wildlife such as a ospreys, southern bald eagles, fiddler crabs and wading birds; and plants such as prickly pear cactus, indigo berry, bay cedar, and coontie.

Participation Requirements

Pets

Pets

Pets are allowed in this park, however, not on the beaches. They must be well-behaved and kept on a six-foot, hand-held leash at all times. Pets must not be left unattended, nor taken into restroom facilities or onto playground equipment. Service animals are welcome in all areas and buildings of the park, as required by law.

Picnic Pavilion

Picnic Pavilion

Pavilions are available on a first come, first served basis.  Please call the park for more information.

Picnicking

Picnicking

The park has six covered picnic tables. One is located near the restroom facility and the other five are located along the hiking trail.

Restroom Facilities

Restroom Facilities

Bathroom facilities are available and ADA accessible.

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

Scuba diving can be done off of the beaches.

Showers, Day Visitors

Showers, Day Visitors

Outdoor fresh water showers/rinses are available for rinsing off after a day at the beach/park.

Snorkeling

Snorkeling

Snorkel in the pristine, blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. You must provide your own equipment.

Swimming

Swimming

Swimming and sunbathing are popular activities on the beautiful beaches located on the Gulf side of the island.

Participation Requirements

Visitor Center

Visitor Center

Interpretive Exhibit: These programs, given by our rangers, cover a wide variety of topics including the history of the island and interpretation of the natural resources found on the island. (More info will be added)

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

Some of the protected animal species that visitors might see at Stump Pass Beach are the West Indian manatee, gopher tortoise, snowy egret, osprey, black skimmer, least tern and magnificent frigatebird.