Jennifer Roberts, Park Manager
Fall has arrived and as the wind begins to shift from the north, you can finally feel a decrease in temperature and humidity. Sea turtle nesting season is coming to an end as emerging hatchlings make their way down the beach and into the ocean to begin their journey. Fall also brings the return of migratory birds, mullet and excellent fishing conditions.
There is no better time to fish Sebastian Inlet than this time of the year and it is due to the fall mullet migration. From late August through mid-November mullet of all sizes migrate in and around Sebastian Inlet which attracts a variety of gamefish species that take advantage of this annual event. In addition to snook, redfish, flounder and Spanish mackerel, also look for jacks, tarpon, ladyfish, mangrove and mutton snapper, sharks, and maybe even a king mackerel or two to make a showing at the inlet. As the mullet migration draws to a close, the flounder migration will pick up and anglers will turn their attention to these inlet favorites.
If you are looking for excitement and adventure, the park offers one of the state’s premier surfing locations. You can also rent a standup paddleboard, pontoon boat or kayak from the park’s concession. Paddle throughout the calm waters of the Indian River where you may see dolphins or manatees breaking the water’s surface to take a breath. Several miles of bike trails are also available including both paved and off-road options. If you are hungry, there is no need to leave the park, you can grab a bite to eat or a cold drink at the restaurant, BG’s Surfside Grill & Adventures. They serve delicious favorites such as fish & chips, popcorn shrimp, cheeseburgers and chicken wings.
If you are looking for overnight accommodations, the park offers a full facility campground with 51 sites as well as primitive camping under the shade of large oak trees next to the marina. Enjoy the slightly cooler temperatures, great fishing, or a stroll along the beach. Come out to Sebastian Inlet State Park and experience why Florida State Parks are the Real Florida.