Land Management Review - Ft Pierce Inlet State Park
|We met with representatives from various|
organizations to review the park's management plan
|Sea oats, cabbage palms, and other natives|
The park was probably originally acquired due to the efforts of local surfers! Yes, this park boasts the best surfing beach in Florida and hosts surfing competitions. A few surfers were suiting up as we arrived on this Monday morning. The park is right next to The Navy Seal Museum and historically the park's Atlantic shoreline was utilized by the U.S. Navy for underwater demolition training during WW II.
|Laurel wilt :(|
|Coinvine, Dalbergia ecastaphyllum|
Photo by Walter K. Taylor
Surrounding the Indian River lagoon portion of the park are many mosquito impoundments. These are basically mangrove forests surrounded with earth dikes which can be artificially flooded during mosquito breeding season. Salt water mosquitoes will not lay eggs in standing water - they need moist soil.
|Florida Manatees; photo by Paul Nicklen|
This park offers fantastic recreational opportunities including, surfing, kayaking, swimming, canoeing, boating, fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing, picnicking and camping. We were impressed with the amount of parking and the number of picnic shelters as well as bathroom facilities. That which was missing was certainly not missed - we saw few exotic species, and the problematic feral cat population noted at the previous review was absent this time around.
|The park has surfable waves and much more!|
This is definitely a park worth visiting! Bring water and food as there is no concession in the park (it is in future plans) and of course your camera, surfboard and fishing gear.
photos by Lynn Sweetay unless otherwise noted
posted and edited by Laurie Sheldon