Manager's Message

Headshot of Acting Park Manager Jon Dillard.

Jon Dillard, Acting Park Manager

Hurricane Michael did a lot of damage to T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park. The storm cut a breach through the peninsula connecting the Gulf and the Bay. It made the areas of the park north of Eagle Harbor inaccessible by land, it took out thirty plus feet tall dunes, roads, water and utility lines. The cabins were impacted but structurally intact. The storm destroyed the campgrounds and most other facilities. The Northern section of the park is closed, as the areas are not safe and boaters are also asked not to go onto the island section of the park. The southern portion of the park is open for day-use. There is limited parking for visitors and the boat ramp is open. It is still an excellent place to relax at the beach, swim, snorkel, fish, boat or just enjoy the sunrise over the bay or a sunset off the beach. 

St. Joseph Peninsula State Park is rated one of the top beaches in the nation and voted best State Park in 2012 online "Best Places." Although battered we still have some of the tallest dune formations in Florida.

Our park concession offers kayak, stand up paddle boards, bicycles and beach gear rentals. The concession also sells gifts, snacks, drinks, fishing supplies and various sundries.

We are working hard to recover and hope you can visit soon.