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Anclote Key - Beaches

Anclote Key Preserve State Park is comprised of four islands - Anclote Key, North Anclote Bar, South Anclote Bar and Three Rooker Island.

Rest and relaxation are two major pastimes at this park. Visitors can bring beach chairs, umbrellas and coolers to this coastal haven and relax or play on our beaches.

Visitors to coastal parks are reminded to pay close attention to the Warning Flag Signs posted at welcome stations and on the beaches. These flags indicate the swimming conditions at the beach. Double red flags mean absolutely no swimming because of high winds and undertow currents; yellow means swim with caution and stay close to shore; green means that the waters are safe; purple means that marine pests are present.

Please use caution! Lifeguards are not provided.

 

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Anclote Key - Boating

Anclote Key Preserve State Park is accessible only by private boat or ferry service.

Ferry service to the island is offered by Sun Line Cruises (727) 944-4468 and Sponge-O-Rama (727) 943-2164. These ferries both leave from Tarpon Springs' historic Sponge Docks.

Island Paradise Charters (877) 774-0589 and Windsong Charters (727) 859-0213 both run charters from Pasco County.

Ferry services do not drop visitors off for overnight camping. You must have your own transportation to stay overnight.

 

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Anclote Key - Camping Primitive

Primitive camping is available on the north end of the island. A composting toilet is located in the area. No potable water is available on the island. Campers must pack in supplies and pack out trash. To camp on the island, call (727) 638-4447.

Ferry services do not drop visitors off for overnight camping. You must have your own transportation to stay overnight.

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Anclote Key - Historic Site

Anclote Key Lighthouse

The lighthouse at the southern end of Anclote Key has served as a beacon to ships for many years. President Grover Cleveland declared the islands and lighthouse reservation in 1886.

The lighthouse was built and began operation on September 15, 1887. Today the lighthouse is maintained as a historic structure.

When the lighthouse was decommissioned in 1984, vandals had their way with this old island sentry, defacing it with graffiti. The structure's finish began to oxidize in the salty air of the island, leading to further destruction of the lighthouse.

In the early 1990's, Florida Park Service Staff, along with the Gulf Island Alliance, reconstructed the lighthouse and returned it to its original state.

Today, a Park Ranger resides on the island watching over the old sentinel of the sea, just as it has watched over the countless vessels crossing its path.

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Anclote Key - Picnic Pavilion

Two picnic pavilions are located at the south end of the island along the Gulf of Mexico. Each picnic area is complete with composting toilet facilities, picnic tables and grills. No reservations are necessary as these are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please note that there is neither electric hookup nor running water available on the island. Please carry out what you carried in at this preserve. Consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited

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Anclote Key - Picnicking

Two picnic pavilions are located at the south end of the island along the Gulf of Mexico. Each picnic area is complete with composting toilet facilities, picnic tables and grills. No reservations are necessary as these are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please note that there is neither electric hookup nor running water available on the island. Please carry out what you carried in at this preserve. Consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.

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Anclote Key - Restroom Facilities

Composting toilet facilities are located at the picnic area and at the north end where primitive camping is allowed. Please note that there is neither electric hookup nor running water available on the island.

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Anclote Key - Swimming

Swimming is allowed off the beaches of Anclote, but there are no lifeguards on duty.

 

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Anclote Key - Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing is possible at this park.