Anclote Gulf Park
Anclote Gulf Park occupies 23 acres of land owned by Duke Energy of Florida, and operated as a natural resource park by Pasco County. The park has about a quarter of a mile of mangrove lined frontage to the Gulf of Mexico, and another quarter mile bordering a manmade canal leading to the neighboring power plant to the south. To the north of Anclote Gulf Park is Pasco County's Key Vista Nature Park. The two parks are connected by a coastal boardwalk. There is no beach access from this park.

Popular with fishermen, one of the park's notable features is a fishing pier that extends 500 feet out into the Gulf, and open to the public 24 hours a day. Pasco county regularly holds kid's fishing clinics and fishing contests at the park.

Anclote Gulf Park has three large picnic pavilions, full restroom facilities, and a children's playground - making it an ideal location for family get-togethers and birthday parties. Shelters must be reserved in advance for events.

Another amenity at the park is a fenced dog park area with separate areas for small and large dogs. The dog park has additional picnic tables, dog water fountains, and a canine agility playset.

In winter months, the relatively warm water of the power station canal bordering the south side of the park attracts manatees that can be viewed from two small piers connected to the parking lot.

Access is also available for launching kayaks and canoes from a dock located on the path leading to the fishing pier.

Bikers will be interesting in noting that a spur multi-use trail extends to Anclote Gulf Park from the Coastal Anclote Trail, which runs from Key Vista Nature Park south to Anclote Boulevard.
Activities & Facilities
PlaygroundPicnic shelterDogs allowedDog parkShort hiking trailsOpen gulf kayakingFishing

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