With the winter crowds gone summer is a great time to visit St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park. Come cool off from the heat in the cool waters at the park. Take a walk on the beach and watch the waves roll ashore 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...
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St Lucie Inlet - Beach
The park provides 2.7 miles of white, sandy Atlantic beach for your enjoyment. Sunbathe, stroll, or just watch the waves wash ashore. From March to October, the beach is an important nesting area for leatherback, green and loggerhead sea turtles. A beach wheelchair is available for reservation and use. Please contact park in advance for reasonable accommodations.
St Lucie Inlet - Birding
The park's varied habitats provide excellent opportunities for birding enthusiasts to view many different species of birdlife. The park is part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. St. Lucie is also a very good place to see wading birds and shorebirds including great blue herons, brown pelicans, white ibis and the purple plover.
St Lucie Inlet - Boating
The park is accessible only by private watercraft.
St Lucie Inlet - Canoeing and Kayaking
Although no rentals are available, there are miles of tidal creek waiting to be explored with your own kayak or canoe. The nearest launch point is at the end of Cove Road where it meets the Intracoastal Waterway.
St Lucie Inlet - Fishing
There are several good areas for fishing in the park. From the docks: snook, snapper and sheepshead are regularly hooked. From the beach: snook, pompano and bluefish are caught. Offshore, along the reef: cobia, snapper and mackerel are regular catches.
All fishing within the park must conform to regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season. A fishing license may be required. More information is available at the Florida Wildlife Commission’s Fishing in Florida.
St Lucie Inlet - Hiking Nature Trail
A 3,330-foot boardwalk meanders from the dock to the beach. Along the way, you will traverse two coastal hammocks. The skunk-like aroma is from the white stopper, a tropical tree. Some of the common plants observed along the way are live oak, cabbage palm, paradise tree, wild lime and several species of native fern. Along the beach, you will see gray nicker bean, sea grape and federally-listed plants such as the beach star.
St Lucie Inlet - Picnic Pavilion
A covered picnic shelter is available with eight picnic tables and two grills for your enjoyment.
St Lucie Inlet - Scuba Diving
An extensive Anastasia rock reef is located just offshore of the park extending 4.7 miles along the coast and up to 1 mile offshore. Depths range from 5 ft. to 35 ft. This reef is the northernmost limit for the ranges of several species of corals found in South Florida. In addition, many species of marine plants and tropical fishes are associated with the reef. No spearfishing is permitted within state park boundaries. Park boundary is marked by yellow buoys and extends 1 mile out from shore and 4.7 miles south of the St. Lucie Inlet. A 'Diver-Down' flag is required by law to be displayed.
St Lucie Inlet - Shower Station
Freshwater shower is available at the beach restroom to wash off the salt and sand after a fun day at the beach.
St Lucie Inlet - Snorkeling
You can see a variety of sea life just a few hundred feet from shore. An extensive Anastasia rock reef is located just offshore of the park extending 4.7 miles along the coast and up to 1 mile offshore. Depths range from 5 ft. to 35 ft. Just remember to "take nothing but photos and leave nothing but ripples." No spearfishing is permitted within state park boundaries. A 'Diver-Down' flag must be displayed when snorkeling or diving.
St Lucie Inlet - Swimming
The water temperature varies from the mid to upper eighties in the summer, to mid to lower seventies in the winter. Riptides can occur on days with strong onshore winds. There are no lifeguards on duty. Please swim at your own risk.
St Lucie Inlet - Wildlife Viewing
Many species of wildlife may be observed at St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park, including bobcats, otters, raccoons and more. Morning and late afternoon are the best times to see most wildlife, since that is when they are feeding and most active.