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Stump Pass Beach State Park

Englewood, Florida

Contact Information
Barrier Islands GEOpark, P.O. Box 1150
Boca Grande, 33921
(941) 964-0375

Stump Pass Beach State Park consists of the southernmost mile of Manasota Key, Peterson Island and Whidden Island. The islands provide a unique area for fishing, picnicking, shelling, year-round swimming on a mile long-beach along the Gulf of Mexico.

Hours of Operation
Stump Pass Beach State Park is open from 8 AM until Sunset 365 days a year.

Driving Directions
Stump Pass Beach State Park is located at the south end of Manasota Key in the town of Englewood, Florida. The 245-acre park consists of three islands and the protected channels between them.

Stump Pass Beach State Park

Park Activities

Boat Ramp
Boat launching sites are located within one mile of Stump Pass and the nearby islands.

The protected waters of the bay are ideal for small boat cruising, sailing and water skiing.

Fishing is popular around Stump Pass and on the nearby grass flats. Catches can yield catches of flounder, snook, trout, redfish, snapper, whiting, sheepshead and tarpon.

Nature Trails
Take a quiet stoll along a hiking trail that stretches to the southern end of the park, through the park’s five distinct natural communities. Protected plants that can been observed in the park are beach creeper, twistpine prickly pear cactus, indigo berry, necklace pod, bay cedar, and coontie.

The park has six covered picnic tables. One is located near the restroom facility and the other five are located along the hiking trail.

Shelling is best during the winter months, but visitors are reminded that the taking of live shells (hermit crabs, sand dollars, etc.) is prohibited

Swimming and sunbathing are popular activities on the beautiful beaches located on the gulf side of the island.

Wildlife Viewing
Some of the protected animal species that visitors might see at Stump Pass Beach are the West Indian manatee, gopher tortoise, snowy egret, osprey, black skimmer, least tern and magnificent frigatebird.