Description: 127 acre park located at the south end of Gasparilla Island.

Vegetation Communities: Beach dune, coastal strand, maritime hammock, mangrove swamp, and beachfront.

Location: Located on Gasparilla Island (Boca Grande).   Follow the Boca Grande Causeway to Fifth Street turn right.   At Gilchrist turn left.   Four public parking beaches are along the way with the Lighthouse Museum at the south end of the island.

Amenities: Public beach, parking ($3 fee), restrooms, boardwalks, trails, fishing, swimming, birding, shelling, Lighthouse Museum.   The museum was built in 1890 and is one of the oldest structures found in Lee County. For information call 941-964-0375.

Birding by Kayak on Gasparilla Island: Lee County has a non-motorized boat launch at 19th Street. Free parking and an excellent put-in area. No picnic or restroom facilities. Paddling north from the launch, you will encounter uninhabited keys on the way to Gasparilla Sound and Charlotte Harbor. The southward paddle is through a residential area to Gasparilla Sound and Charlotte Harbor.

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Animal Species:  You may not be able to see all these species

Birds that you may encounter year-round include:

 Anhinga  Cormorant, Double-crested  Egret, Great
 Egret, Snowy  Yellow shafted Flicker  Laughing Gull
 Northern Gannet  Ring-billed Gull  Great Blue Heron
 Little Blue Heron  Yellow-crowned Night Heron  Mocking bird
 Osprey  Brown Pelican  Black Skimmer
 Least Tern  Royal Tern  Sandwich Tern
 Willet  Woodpecker, Red-bellied Carolina Wren

Migrants that you may see:

Catbird  Bald Eagle  White Pelican
 Black-bellied Plover  Snowy Plover  Wilson’s Plover
 Sanderling  Ruddy Turnstone  Assorted Warblers

Documented Mammals:

 Dolphins  Gray Fox  Florida Manatee
 Virginia Opossum  Marsh Rabbit  Raccoon
 Palm Rat  Gray Squirrel

Documented Herps:

 Gopher Tortoise  Loggerhead Turtle  Green Turtle
 Cuban Brown Anole *  Green Iguana*  Mexican Spiney-tail Iguana*
Black Racer Snake Green Iguana* Red Rat Snake


*Non-native Species