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Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park
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P.O. Box 490
Port Richey, Florida   34673

Phone: 727-816-1890
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.
History of the Area
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.
Annual Entrance Passes can be purchased at all park ranger stations and museums. If you require immediate use of your pass, this is the best option. Passes can be purchased during regular business hours 365 days a year. Please call the park in advance to ensure availability. Those who are eligible for discounted or free passes may use this method to receive their pass. Annual Entrance Passes may be purchased online by visiting the FLORIDA STATE PARKS ANNUALENTRANCE PASSES web page.
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.

Day Use Area
There is a Clivus, self composting toilet, facility located at the park and it is ADA accessible.
Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park offers picnic tables for visitors. Enjoy a meal surrounded by nature and wildlife views.
A small trailhead with ? mile of trail is located at the picnic area. In the future we will add more hiking trails, group camping, and marked canoe/kayak trails with a launch.
The park offers a variety of birding opportunities, with over 150 species spotted. Birdwatchers can explore diverse habitats including mangroves and salt marshes. The Great Florida Birding Trail passes through the area, providing ample viewing spots for enthusiasts. Visitors may see wading birds like herons or egrets as well as ospreys and bald eagles in this coastal sanctuary.

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The park is located in the Port Richey area of Pasco County. At this time only a start-up kit consisting of a small self-composting restroom, small picnic shelter, information kiosk, and one half mile of nature trail is available to the public from the landward side. It can be reached by turning west off of Cinema Drive and it is approximatley two tenths of a mile to the park entrance. Cinema Drive dead ends at entrance of start-up kit. The main use area of the park is scheduled to begin construction sometime after the first of the new year. That entrance will be just north of Ridge Road in Port Richey.

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