Anclote Key Preserve State Park
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Map showing the location of Anclote Key Preserve State Park
LocationPasco County, Florida, USA
Nearest cityTarpon Springs, Florida
Coordinates28°11′35″N 82°51′04″W / 28.19306°N 82.85111°W / 28.19306; -82.85111Coordinates: 28°11′35″N 82°51′04″W / 28.19306°N 82.85111°W / 28.19306; -82.85111
Governing bodyFlorida Department of Environmental Protection
Anclote Keys lighthouse (U.S. Coast Guard archives)
Anclote Keys lighthouse (U.S. Coast Guard archives)

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.

Recreational activities

The park has such amenities as beaches, birding, primitive camping, boating, fishing, hiking, picknicking areas and wildlife viewing.


Florida Online Park Guide -Anclote Key Preserve State Park, Southwest- Visit our Florida State Parks. Online. January 7, 2006.