Egmont Key State Park is located in southernmost Pinellas County where Tampa Bay meets the Gulf of Mexico. It is southwest of popular Fort DeSoto Beach.
Things to Do
Egmont Key offers swimming, fishing, picnicking, hiking and wildlife viewing on a portion of the island. Part of the island is protected and closed to the public.
Egmont Key is home to a historic lighthouse that is maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard. It was constructed to defend Tampa Bay after the Spanish-American War.
Egmont Key State Park opens at 8 a.m. and closes at sunset, year round. There is no entrance fee and no place to buy supplies of any kind including water.
All plants and animals are protected and must not be disturbed while visiting the park. Shelling is allowed, although live shells cannot be collected.
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