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Anclote Key Preserve State Park, New Port Richey

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Anclote Key Preserve State Park is a Florida State Park and historic site, located on Anclote Key three miles (5 km) off Tarpon Springs along the Atlantic coastal plain. This state park is only accessible by boat. Amenities include primitive camping on the northern portion of the island as well as picnic pavilions and grills. Wildlife includes the American oystercatcher, bald eagle and piping plover. The park is unique in that a lighthouse, built in 1887, is on the southern end of the key in Pinellas County, Florida. Three Rooker Island, south of Anclote and part of the preserve, remains an important Gulf Coast beach-nesting bird sanctuary.

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  • Beautiful park. We launched at the Anclote ramp. Rough current but once we got out of that area we had a wonderful time. The water was perfect and the Key park is beautiful. Will do again. 
    Beautiful park. We launched at the Anclote ramp. Rough current but once we got out of that area we had a wonderful time. The water was perfect and the Key park is beautiful. Will do again.  more »
  • I must say I’m terribly disappointed in this island. We went there by boat through a company called Odyssey who were great. We could get off the boat and go onto the island and spend there for about.....  more
    I must say I’m terribly disappointed in this island. We went there by boat through a company called Odyssey who were great. We could get off the boat and go onto the island and spend there for about.....  more »
  • We rented a pontoon boat & enjoyed the trip around Anclote Key. Saw 2 manatee, a sea turtle, and a few large fish. Beautiful island. Next time we’ll rent the boat longer & go onto shore. 
    We rented a pontoon boat & enjoyed the trip around Anclote Key. Saw 2 manatee, a sea turtle, and a few large fish. Beautiful island. Next time we’ll rent the boat longer & go onto shore.  more »
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  • A must sea location if boating in the area. The wildlife is amazing, the walk to the lighthouse very relaxing, and the sea very clean for swimming.
  • Beautiful place! We took a dolphin boat tour that took us over here to collect some awesome shells. It was absolutely beautiful and clean. Great spots for taking photos as well.
  • Very nice island, recommend going not on weekend or holiday unless you like close neighbors. Red tide seems to be hitting, most fish disappeared with low tide but came in on high so keep that in mind. Around 4:30pm dead fish gone. There was a manatee who came right up to us. Dont touch them but was still very cool. Saw a pod of 5 dolphins. There is an outhouse but... I had so much fun.
  • Great place for shelling on the Gulf side! Accessible by boat only.
  • Accessible only by power boat or jet skis. Absolutely beautiful.

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