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FORT PIERCE INLET
Fort Pierce Inlet State Park is situated 4 miles east of Ft Pierce in St Lucie County. There are 340 acres of sand dunes, beaches and coastal hammock and you can access via the north causeway.
It is so called after a fort constructed in the second seminole war by a colonel Pierce. However, this was not the end of its military history as 140. OOO troops rehearsed for D. Day here and during the 2nd world war it was also used by the U. S. Navy to train their frogmen.
The navy under water team are honoured by the naming of one area "Dynamite Point"
There was once a natural inlet to the north east of Jack Island; however, this was closed in at the end of the 20th century and a new one put in at Fort Pierce. Jack Island Preserve forms the larger part of this island and the smaller part is on the Atlantic Ocean.
The beach is very pretty and you can find lots of shells. You may dive at the reef and the clear waters make for great snorkelling. There are 4 board walks that lead you on to the beach. Dynamite Point is where birders should head for and they are in for a good day of spotting.
During migration season, anglers will be thrilled to see the variety of fish passing by, but at any time the fishing is good; you may catch flounder, trout, red drum and blue fish among many others. Fort Pierce inlet is the place to head for.
If you can drag yourself away from the beach why not try a nature trail on Jack Island Preserve. There is a good picnic area with 5 pavilions and showers, loos and a childrens play ground.
The rangers hold special events through the year including ranger guided walks and special fishing talks. Check with their web page or call them on 772 468 3985 to check whats on.
As always, in hotter weather make sure you have sun screen, sun hat, insect repellant and LOTS of water. Also your binoculars and a camera and sun glasses to cut the glare.
Do ask at the ranger station for a State Parks Guide; these are very informative and thorough and inspire you to visit other parks. Also, if you have a couple of hours to spare after your visit, they can advise you on another nearby park to visit. The rangers are very helpful and love to chat about their favourite topic which is their own State Park.
Fort Pierce Inlet State Park
905 Shorewinds Drive
Fort Pierce, Florida 34949
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Page added on: 22 January 2008
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