WERNER-BOYCE SALT SPRINGS STATE PARK
This park protects four miles of pristine coastline along the Gulf of Mexico in western Pasco County. The salt spring looks small, but it is an amazing 320 feet deep. Gray fox, gopher tortoises, alligators, and West Indian manatees call this park and its waters home. Birdwatchers can enjoy sighting raptors, wading birds, shore birds, and migratory songbirds. A recent addition to the state park system, Werner-Boyce now has a picnic pavilion, tables, informational kiosk, and a short hiking trail. Plans for the future include providing more access and recreational opportunities for visitors. Park entrance is located at the end of Cinema Drive along Scenic Drive. Turn west off US 19 onto Cinema Drive, park entrance is approx 2/10?s of a mile.
Located on the Gulf of Mexico in western Pasco County, Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park is a recent addition to Florida?s State Park system. The park consists of approximately 4000 acres; approximately 600 acres are upland and the other 2800 acres are wetland or submerged and includes four miles of pristine coastline.
In March of 2001, a small portion of the park was opened to the public. The entrance to that area is located off Scenic Drive in Port Richey. This area has a picnic pavilion, tables, kiosk, self composting toilet facility, and a 1/2-mile hiking trail. The rest of the park is in the process of being developed and eventually will provide visitors with more access and extensive recreational opportunities.
Visitors can boat into the park from the west, but must launch their boats from somewhere else. The park does not have a boat launch/ramp or docks.
Inshore saltwater fishing can yield catches of flounder, snook, trout, redfish, snapper, whiting, sheepshead and tarpon.