Description - Upon your arrival by boat at the dock, you find yourself in an estuary. This mixture of salt and fresh water teems with marine life and wading birds. During the winter, the beach is used by many species of migratory shore birds. If you are fortunate, a manatee may be seen feeding in the grass beds north of the dock.
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St. Lucie Inlet State Preserve
A 3,300-foot boardwalk meanders from the dock to the beach. Along the way, you will traverse two coastal hammocks offering sights of live oak, cabbage palm, paradise tree, wild lime and several different species of ferns.
- St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park comprises the northern 928 acres of Jupiter Island. Abundantly endowed with mangrove-lined creeks and more than 2.5 miles of Atlantic beach, this stretch of barrier island offers an enjoyable, pristine environment.
A reef formation, inhabited by a wide variety of marine life, lies offshore. This protected reef runs south from the inlet for 4.7 miles. Reef depths range from about 5 feet to 35 feet. The reef itself is primarily composed of Anastasia Formation rock. This is limestone-based material with coquina and shell fragments mixed in. Many different types of plants and animals are attracted to or are associated with the reef. Over 150 different species of fish can be seen, as well as countless numbers of algae, sponges, crabs, and other marine life.
Recreation - Recreational activities include swimming, fishing, boating, canoeing, diving / snorkeling, picnicking, and nature study.
A covered picnic pavilion and restroom facilities are located at the east end of the boardwalk near the beach.
Climate - Southern Florida lies within a subtropical climate. It is usually hot and humid in the summer with brief afternoon thundershowers. It is not unusual for temperatures to exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit with averages reaching above 83 degrees Fahrenheit (above 29 Celsius). Winters are mild and dry with temperatures averaging above 64 degrees Fahrenheit (above 18 Celsius). The average precipitation for the southeast area is more than 60 inches per year. The powerful rays of the sun make it a good idea to wear hats and sunglasses along with using a SPF-15 (or above) sunscreen when planning outdoor activities.
St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park is located in Port Salerno, on the Intracoastal Waterway, 2/3 of a mile south of the inlet.