Experiences & Amenities
The park experiences infrequent closures between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekends due to high visitation. Additional parking is available at Conner Park.
From the Cocohatchee River you can go north via the back bays up into Estero Bay, east up the Cocohatchee River or, as most visitors do, head west into the Gulf of Mexico through Wiggins Pass.
Naples Beach Adventures offers kayak, canoe and stand-up paddle board rentals to explore Water Turkey Bay and the surrounding bay areas. Adventure through a mangrove trail, under bridges and through Wiggins Pass into the Gulf. Anywhere you decide to paddle is sure to be a great time on the water. The concession is located in lot #4.
- Visit their website or call 239-596-9842 for more information or prices. Like them on Facebook for specials and discounts.
Fishing covers a wide area around the park. You can fish from a vessel in the Gulf, Water Turkey Bay and the Cocohatchee River, except within 300 feet of the park beach along the Gulf of Mexico.
No vessels are permitted to anchor within 100 feet of the designated fishing area which encompasses the pass. You may fish from the shoreline along Wiggins Pass or wade fish in Water Turkey Bay.
- Fishing is prohibited in the swimming areas of the park.
- 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.
Geocaching is an outdoor game using hand-held global positioning systems (GPS) devices. It's effectively an inexpensive, interactive, high-tech treasure hunt that's a great way to learn geography. Participants use location coordinates to find caches. Some caches are easy to find; others are more difficult. The biggest reward is the thrill of the search and the discovery of a place where you have never been. Geocaching should have minimal impact to the environment and conscientious land-use ethics should be followed.
The beach at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park is the most used nondesignated trail in the park. It winds for over a mile north to Wiggins Pass. Beach wheelchairs are available for those with special needs that might not allow them to walk on the beach. Approximately five miles of boardwalks and sandy areas provide other paths to the beach and picnic areas. There is a designated nature trail that winds through the hammock near the observation tower.
There are shaded picnic areas located between each parking lot and the beach, with boardwalks leading to them. Grills and tables are available.
- Consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited, except during park-sanctioned events when alcohol is permitted within designated areas.
Scuba diving is permitted in the swimming areas. There is a hard bottom reef along the beach with the closest part in area #2.
Snorkeling is permitted in the swimming areas.
Swimming is permitted from the southern boundary up to the middle of parking lot five, a distance of almost one mile. No swimming is permitted in Wiggins Pass due to the dangerous currents there.
Beach-side wedding ceremonies are popular and usually followed by receptions under our covered pavilion. This pavilion features 10 picnic tables, a large grilling area and attached restrooms. It is located in the coastal hammock just a short walk from the beach. Please contact the park for more information at 239-597-6196.
Resident eagles, ospreys, owls and other woodland species make room every fall for the migratory shore birds. Bring your binoculars and cameras; there will be plenty of opportunities to use both.
Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park is committed to providing a variety of amenities accessible to all of its visitors. These amenities include:
- Accessible restrooms
- Accessible parking
- Accessible outdoor showers
- Accessible Observation Tower Trail
- Accessible picnic tables
- Accessible grills
- Accessible picnic pavilion
- Accessible boardwalks and observation decks
- Beach wheelchairs
- Boat ramp chair lift
Along a pristine beach on the Gulf of Mexico, Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park offers some of the best shelling opportunities on the Gulf coast, however live shelling is prohibited. Beach wheelchairs located in areas 1 and 5 are available for free public use.
The boat ramp empties into Water Turkey Bay, which runs via the South Channel into the Cocohatchee River. The docks at the boat ramp are ADA accessible and a chair lift is available free of charge.
- There is a boat ramp fee of $5 plus tax. This is in addition to the park entry fee.
Canoe Kayak Launch
There is a canoe and kayak launch at the boat ramp. They also can be launched from the beach in area #5 near Wiggins Pass.
Concession and Restaurant
Naples Beach Adventures is the concessionaire for Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park. They are located at parking lot #4 but will deliver food and drinks as well as lounges and umbrellas to any area in the park. Naples Beach Adventures offers beach chair and umbrella, kayak, canoe and paddleboard rentals and tours. Food, beverage and delicious ice cream are available.
- For more information or to see the menu, visit their website or call 239-431-0958.
- There are five parking lots located on the Gulf of Mexico for beach access and one lot located at the boat ramp.
- Vehicles over 24 feet will need to park at the boat ramp. This includes buses, motor homes and vehicles with trailers.
Pets are allowed in this park but 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 or taken into restroom facilities or concession areas. You must "scoop" after your pet (don't forget your baggies). These rules help preserve important wildlife habitat.
Please do not leave your pets unattended in a vehicle for their safety, as temperatures inside vehicles can be dangerously high.
Service animals are welcome in all areas and buildings of the park, as required by law.
The pavilion is located at the north end of parking area 5 in the coastal hammock. It is covered (open air with ceiling fan), and there is also a grill nearby for your convenience. The pavilion accommodates up to 100 people and has 10 picnic tables.
Reserving a pavilion does not guarantee your party's entry or re-entry into the park if closed once maximum capacity is reached. The park may reopen at set intervals throughout the day. Park closings usually occur on all holidays, weekends and during the winter season from February through Easter.
- To reserve the picnic pavilion, call the park at 239-597-6196.