Signature Event Cancellation
To support safe social distancing, the following events have been cancelled: Wiggins Pass Nature Fest, 3rd Annual Seashells and Santa, and the 23rd Annual Wildlife and Wildlands Art Show. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we continue to review and make additional operational changes deemed necessary for the protection of public health. For further updates, please check our Safety Updates Page.
Only Exact Change/Credit Cards Accepted
Due to COVID-19 and for the safety of our staff and visitors, the park can accept only exact change or credit cards for entrance fee payment.
Picnic Tables and Grills
To encourage safety and social distancing, some grills and picnic tables have been removed. Visitors can bring their own gas grills. Please no charcoal grills.
The park experiences frequent closures between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekends due to high visitation. Alternatively, visitors can park across the bridge at Collier County's Conner Park and walk into the park.
Long before today's visitors, Calusa Indians thrived on this coast by harvesting the rich bounty of the Gulf and bay waters. The Calusa built villages, raised large mounds and dug canals for their boats.
The written record of this area begins in the late 1800s with Joe Wiggins, the namesake of the pass. Wiggins, the first homesteader, ran an apiary and trading post where he traded goods with Seminole Indians and settlers.
Decades later, Collier County acquired the land through the philanthropic generosity of Lester J. and Dellora A. Norris, hence the name 'Delnor.' In 1970, the state of Florida purchased the land from Collier County for a state park, which opened in 1976.