|DON PEDRO ISLAND STATE RECREATION AREA
Don Pedro Island is part of an extensive chain of barrier islands extending along the Gulf Coast of Florida. Located in Charlotte County between Knight Island and Little Gasparilla Island, Don Pedro Island has approximately one mile of beach that has been acquired for use as a state recreation area.
The natural features of the park include a white sand beach and elevated sand dune. The dune is covered with protected sea oats, while the bay side of the island is bordered with mangrove trees.
Loggerhead sea turtles often come ashore on midsummer nights to nest and lay eggs on the beach. Visitors are reminded that disturbances to sea turtles are not permitted.
Recreational activities offered at Don Pedro Island State Recreation Area include year-round swimming in the Gulf of Mexico, sunbathing and shelling. Caution should be taken when swimming as there are no lifeguards on duty at this site. Visitors are reminded that it is prohibited to remove live shells (hermit crabs, sand dollars, etc.).
Docks are available for visitors who enjoy boating and fishing. The docks are located on the bay side via a channel from the Intracoastal Waterway south of the Cape Haze powerline crossing. Controlling depth in the channel is 2.5 feet so caution should be taken when entering at IDLE speed. Docks are for day use only and are not accessible to persons with disabilities.
A picnic pavilion, restroom facility, tables and grills are available on the island. The park is accessible by private boat only and is located on a barrier island between Knight Island and Little Gasparilla Island in Charlotte County. The park entrance fee is $2.00 per boat.
Island is located of off Boca Grande, and is only accessible by private
Don Pedro Islands State Recreation Area
P.O. Box 1150
Boca Grande, FL 33921
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