Egmont Key State Park

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Egmont Key State Park


Location:At the mouth of Tampa Bay, southwest of Fort DeSoto Beach; accessible only by private boat.
Facilities:Beach, nature trails, picnic tables.
Activities:Boating, fishing (in designated areas), swimming (in designated areas), hiking, wildlife viewing.
Special Features:Though it is primarily a wildlife refuge, Egmont Key has a working lighthouse that has stood since 1858. During the 19th Century, the island was a camp for captured Seminoles at the end of the Third Seminole War, and later it was occupied by the Navy during the Civil War. In 1898 Fort Dade was built there and remained active until 1923.
Address:4905 34th St S #5000
Saint Petersburg, FL 33711

Phone:727-893-2627
Fax:727-893-2627
Web: www.floridastateparks.org/egmontkey
Size: 272 acres.

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The Egmont Key Ship's Channel running into Tampa Bay can be the key to non-stop action for these fish.
And many Sundays after church, the father of four takes his family to Egmont Key for a picnic.
On tiny Egmont Key, once the site of the Civil War-era Fort Dade, is a station for the Tampa Bay Pilots Association.
Captured Indians were sent to Egmont Key for shipment west.
But the jewel in the park's crown is a short ferry crossing away - which costs $7 (pounds 3.80) - to the island of Egmont Key.
Apart from swimming or enjoying watersports, join the Dolphin Watch cruise, take the new Hovercraft to the Crusoe-like island of Egmont Key, home to wild turtles, or visit the famous Suncast Seabird Sanctuary.
My final day started with a boat trip to Egmont Key, a stunning State Park island and designated Wildlife Refuge, where sea turtles roam free.
"Boating to the yacht club or to Egmont Key; it's to die for.
I skirted Gulf waters fishing the area surrounding Egmont Key before running south to Lido Key and inside Big Sarasota Pass.
The second floor houses an excellent seafood restaurant with a panorama from the Egmont Key Lighthouse at the mouth of Tampa Bay to the Sunshine Skyway bridge.
Every 15 seconds, the lighthouse on Egmont Key completes a rotation, reminding everyone in the area--commuters crossing the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, residents at home around Tampa Bay, ships out on the Gulf of Mexico--about the 250-acre island at the mouth of the bay.