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Stump Beach Pass
Stump Beach Pass State Park is situated in Charlotte County on the south end of Manasota Key. This park encompasses 245 acres and became a State Park in 1971. However, it did not get its carpark and amenities til much later in 2000.
Many of you will at some time rent a home in Englewood and thgis Park is a must do while you are so near.
We had one of the nicest days out here a couple of years ago and can fully recommend it.
We accessed Stump Beach via the Tom Adamd bridge and after we parked up we made our way to the beach and took a while to sit on the sand and gaze out to sea. We then got chatting to some snow birds who come to this beach every single day throughout the winter.
Then we just had to take the nature trail which is just to die for. This leads you through 5 natural communities. Look out for twist pine, pricly pear, neck lace pod and bay cedar. These are all protected species.
The trail takes you to the most southern part of the bay. Here we saw such a giant ray that we thought we were back in Disney!
Back along the beach we developed a stoop as we looked and examined shells. Since this was january, there were lots to see. You are reminded that you may not take shells that are still occupied.
Once back on the beach we decided that the sea was not warn enough for a swim; had we done so we would have apprecated the showers to wash aoff the salt.
Back to the car to pick up our pic nic that we had prepared in the home that we had rented and we made our way to one of the picnic table provided. What a lovely place to enjoy your lunch.
We had no fishing gear with us but noted many good places to fish from both around the pass and also on the grass flats. Trout, sheeps headsnapper and tarpon are all there for the taking.
You will need a licence; these can be bought on line from the tax office or from sports stores or from Walmart. Also check on the rules and regulations
It is essential to wear a high factor sun screen on these beaches and the white sands make sun glasses necessary as well. A shady sun hat and a good insect repellant are useful too.
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