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Directions, Address, and Contact Info

Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge and State Park is located only 1 1/2 miles off-shore from Fort de Soto State Park just outside of St. Petersburg. 

Access to the refuge is by boat only. There are commercial guide boats that provide daily tours of Egmont Key NWR from Fort de Soto State Park and from other nearby areas. Egmont Key is opened from sunrise to sunset.

For additional information, contact Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge and State Park

Phone: 727/893-2627 / 352/563-2088

Email: crystalriver@fws.gov

Nearest Physical Address (Fort de Soto State Park):

3500 Pinellas Bayway S
St. Petersburg, FL 33715. 

Mailing Address:

4905 34th Street S, box 5000
St. Petersburg, FL 33711

 Visitor Center: 

Guard HouseThe Egmont Key Guardhouse has been restored for future use as a museum and education center. There are currently no visitor centers on Egmont Key. Although some exhibits are already in place at the Guardhouse, the facility isn’t yet opened on a daily basis to the general public, mainly due to the lack of restrooms. The Guardhouse only opens during special occasions, including scheduled special events and during certain summer holiday weekends.

 

Points of Interest 

Egmont Key’s most popular visitor areas lie in the northernmost tip of the island, where most historical structures are found, including a lighthouse dating back to 1848 and a Guardhouse built in 1910. Other dozens of abandoned structures and ruins throughout the island depict the historical character of Egmont Key. Most island trails are actually red brick roads dating back to the early 1900’s. These inland brick roads have become popular birding trails for spotting migratory neo-tropical birds, while the trails along the island shores are best for spotting summer resident shorebirds, wading birds and seabirds.

Points of Interests map

Know Before You Go

Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge and State Park is an island opened to the public but with very limited visitor facilities.  However, there are no existing restrooms due to the challenges associated with the island’s off-shore location.  Some of the facilities include year-round opened trails and a historic guardhouse, where visitors can obtain information from volunteers during some weekends in the summer months.  Egmont Key benefits from the daily presence of state park employees who roam the island and are willing to assist visitors on a day to day basis.  There are several beaches that are well marked and designated as year-round bird sanctuaries and are off-limits (closed) to any public entry.  There is no drinking water available on the island, so please be sure to bring plenty of water.  Other recommended items are:  insect repellent, sunscreen, hat and closed shoes when hiking inland trails.

Egmont Key Tear Sheet

Last Updated: Aug 04, 2016
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