St. Joseph Peninsula State Park

Description:
Miles of brilliant white sand and high dunes will impress visitors to this park situated on the St. Joseph spit, bounded on the west by the Gulf of Mexico and on the east by St. Joseph Bay. The northern part of the preserve has been designated as a wilderness  preserve.

Watchable wildlife:
Low tide in Eagle Bay (you will see soon after you enter the park) is a great place to see great blue, little blue, and tricolored herons, as well as great and snowy egrets. Because the bay is sheltered, it offers winter refuge for a large variety of shorebirds, as well as red-breasted mergansers, common loons, and horned grebes. For birders, the biggest draw is probably migration. This park is considered the best place to see peregrine falcons, in addition to a variety of migrating raptors and warblers. Bald eagles are regularly seen, as are bottlenosed dolphins offshore. Inland, look for foxes, skunks, raccoons, and beach mice.

Ownership:
Department of Environmental Protection (850) 227-1327

Directions:
Take U.S. Highway 98 from Port St. Joe for 1.5 miles south to County Road 30A.  Proceed south for about six miles, then turn west onto County 30-E.  The park entrance is about eight miles ahead.

Related Sites:
Other North West Florida Wildlife Sites
Florida State Parks



FWC Facts:
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