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Southeast Region
Saint Lucie Inlet State Park
SAINT LUCIE INLET STATE PARK
SAINT LUCIE INLET STATE PARK
4810 S.E. Cove Road
Stuart, Florida   34997

Phone: 772-219-1880
This classic Florida barrier island is accessible only by boat, but it is worth the ride. A boardwalk takes visitors across mangrove forests and hammocks of live oaks, cabbage palms, paradise trees, and wild limes to a neatly preserved Atlantic beach. During the summer months, the island is an important nesting area for loggerhead, leatherback, and green turtles. They come ashore at night to dig holes in the beach sand where they lay their eggs. The preserve is a favorite for nature students interested in learning about the native flora and fauna of Florida barrier islands. Visitors come to swim, sunbathe, or picnic at the pavilion on the quiet beach. Others make the trip for the great surf fishing. Snorkeling and scuba diving are also popular activities. Located at Port Salerno, on the Intracoastal Waterway, 2/3 of a mile south of the inlet.
Nature of the Area
Many species of wildlife may be observed at St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park, including bobcats, otters, raccoons and more. Morning and late afternoon are the best times to see most wildlife, since it is when they are feeding and most active. The park's varied habitats provide excellent opportunities for birding enthusiasts to view many different species of birdlife. The park is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail. St. Lucie is also a very good place to see wading birds and shorebirds including Great Blue Herons, Brown Pelicans, White Ibis and the Purple Plover.
Swimming
The water temperature varies from the mid to upper eighties in the summer, to mid to lower seventies in the winter. Riptides can occur on days with strong onshore winds. There are no lifeguards on duty.
Canoeing
Although no rentals are available, there are miles of tidal creek waiting to be explored with your own kayak or canoe.


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Day Use Area
Freshwater showers are available on the beach side to wash off the salt and sand after a fun day at the beach.
Picnicking
A covered picnic shelter is available with 8 picnic tables and 2 grills, within sight of the beach, for your enjoyment.
Trails
A 3,330-foot boardwalk meanders from the dock to the beach. Along the way, you will traverse two coastal hammocks. The skunk-like aroma is from the white stopper, a tropical tree. Some of the common plants observed along the way are live oak, cabbage palm, paradise tree, wild lime and several species of native fern. Along the beach, you will see gray nicker-bean, coin vine and federally-listed plants such as the beach star.
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Area Campgrounds

Port St. Lucie RV Resort
3703 Jennings Road
Port St. Lucie, FL


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St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park is located in Port Salerno, on the Intracoastal Waterway, 2/3 of a mile south of the inlet.

USA Parks
Florida
Southeast Region
Saint Lucie Inlet State Park
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