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Anclote Key is a Florida State Preserve located three miles off the mainland by the city of Tarpon Springs. The island measures 3 miles long and 1/4 mile wide, making it an ideal place to explore by sea kayak.

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 Date: 8/13/2011
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Photos: 30 
(Fred Howard Park) I had not made the paddle to Anclote Key before this trip. I wonder what took me so long. A wide variety of enviornments, from the Gulf, to the protected bay, to mangrove tunnels. Varied wildlife also. Not to mention the Lighthouse.

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 Date: 8/1/2010
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 Miles: 12Photos: 15 
(Fred Howard Park) A hot day for a paddling trip to Anclote Key! Anne and I met at Hellas Restaurant at 9:30am and proceeded to the put-in at Fred Howard Park. We decided to paddle to Anclote Key and then to the north end of Three Rooker bar, making a triangle of 12 miles.

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 Date: 12/30/2009
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 Miles: 11Photos: 18 
Wonderful barrier island off the Tarpon Springs area on the Gulf Coast.

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 Date: 7/23/2009
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 Miles: 7.5Photos: 19 
(Fred Howard Park) Was November 2007 really my last trip to Anclote Key? Thatís way too long ago so I invited Staci from Florida Paddling Trails Association to explore the lighthouse and southern end of the island. Being the typical Ed trip, something always gets weird.

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 Date: 11/10/2007
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 Miles: 8Photos: 12 
A beautiful fall day in central Florida with sunny blue skies and little wind was the perfect opportunity to paddle to Anclote Key near Tarpon Springs. Anclote is a good size island 2.5 miles offshore, complete with picnic area and a working lighthouse!

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 Date: 8/1/2006
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 Miles: 9.3Photos: 8 
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ed on 8/8/2010 7:46pm
9:30am is bright and early!!! Wink
paddlesolo on 8/8/2010 11:51am
In the introductory paragraph you said you met at the restaurant at 9:30, in the report you said "bright and early". Which is correct, because surely you don't think 9:30 a.m. is bright and early? Well, if you are a night person it might be.
Unknown on 8/8/2010 9:49am
Ed, glad to see you were able to get out on the water. Not as glad as you were, I'll bet.
Unknown on 12/31/2009 7:48pm
Nice teamwork on the report. Mixed emotions about the turtle pics. Neat to see such close photos, but sad that it appeared to be sick/'injured
ed on 12/31/2009 7:01am
Great Anclote Key trip on 12/30/09 with Bryan. Weather was cold to start the day but warmed up quickly, with blue skies the whole time. Bryan - Thanks for driving all the way over from Titusville.

Some of you may be interested to see how the SS Minnow (a wrecked boat) and shoreline has changed on Anclote Key over the years so I dug through the photo gallery and pulled out these gems:
SS Minnow - 2002
SS Minnow - 2006
SS Minnow - 2007
SS Minnow - 2009
Unknown on 8/2/2009 5:08pm
I think that is the best sark photo yet on GWF. Blows away the little dorsal on my Cedar Key post. Anclote has long been on my "to paddle list" Thanks to ed's and staci's skullduggery, I really want to get out there.
paddlesolo on 8/2/2009 2:43pm
Wonderful pictures of the birds, fish, sharks, rays, and sea pork, with the scientific name to boot. In Master Naturalist class they would haul out 10 or 12 skulls and ask us to identify the animal. I never got any of them, but I think your sea turtle skull is a keeper. I really dig it!
ed on 12/2/2005 4:15pm
Anclote Key was the first place I kayak camped (1998) so it holds many special memories. Just don't try it between April and November unless you like lots of mosquitoes. There is now a ranger station on the island and the lighthouse has been restored.

Location by ed, last updated on 8/15/2011.
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