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Description - Miles of undeveloped beaches and emerald waters provide the perfect setting for this park. The park offers ample opportunities for sunbathing, swimming, canoeing, boating, hiking, camping, and nature study. Two boat ramps provide access to Apalachee Bay where anglers can fish for flounder, redfish, sea trout, pompano, whiting, and Spanish mackerel. Few parks offer better opportunities for gulf coast shelling. Shore birds such as the snowy plover, least tern, black skimmer, and willet often nest along the park´s sandy shores and grass flats. The park has six large picnic shelters equipped with grills, tables, and restrooms. The campground features fullfacility campsites; a primitive campsite can be accessed by trail or by private boat. Located on St. George Island, 10 miles southeast of Eastpoint, off U.S. 98.

Attractions - St. George Island offers 9 miles of some of the most pristine beaches along the Gulf coast of Florida. Visitors can access 4 miles of beach along the parks main drive. For those visitors who enjoy a wilderness experience, the last 5 miles of beach is accessible only by foot.

This 1,962 acre barrier island park has 60 campsites with electric and water hookups available for reservation through Reserve America. Primitive campsites at Gap Point are available via a 2-½ mile backpacking trail. This area is also accessible by boat.

Recreation - Canoeing and kayaking are favorite activities around the park. Both can be rented on the Island, call the park for more information. Small offshore boats are used around the island for fishing. Keep in mind that the bay is very shallow.

Swimming and sunbathing are popular activities on the white sandy beaches and clear Gulf waters. NO LIFEGUARDS ARE PROVIDED.

The trail to Gap Point begins in the campground and meanders through the pine flatwood forest to the bay.

Surf and bay fishing may yield catches of flounder, redfish, sea trout, pompano, whiting or sometimes Spanish mackerel. A saltwater fishing license is required in Florida.

Climate - Florida's weather is dominated by the water that surrounds it. The Atlantic Ocean in the east and the Gulf of Mexico in the west provide a stabilizing force that maintains the mild climate. Northern Florida is considered sub tropical, although it does receive some snow. This area is drier than the rest of the state. Southern areas of the state, definitely the Keys, lie within a tropical climate. Humidity is high, a characteristic of the climate, although the temperatures usually don't extend past 90 degrees F.

On the average the state receives 50 to 65 inches of rain. Summer is the rainy season, which extends into October in the south. Hurricane season begins in late August. Some hurricanes can bring up to 25 inches of rain. An average of two hurricanes per season reach the Florida peninsula. Most often these storms reach the Atlantic Coast rather than the Gulf Coast.

Location - Access to St. George Island is via a 4 mile bridge that is accessible from Eastpoint, Florida. Eastpoint is located approximately 75 miles southwest of Tallahassee, Florida. The park is located on the east end of St. George Island.


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Contact Information:
Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park, 1900 E. Gulf Beach Dr. , St. George Island , Florida, 32328, Phone: 850-927-2111
, michael.strivelli@dep.state.fl.us

Additional Information:
Florida State Parks - The mission of the Florida Park Service is to provide resource-based recreation while preserving, interpreting and restoring natural and cultural resources.

Links:
Florida Division of Recreation & Parks - Official agency website

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