Bayport Park and Pine Island July 2012

Bayport Park and Pine Island July 2012

We decided to take a bit of a drive one day and checked out Bayport Park and Pine Island. If you have ever taken a boat ride or a kayak trip from the springs to the gulf on the Weeki Wachee River you have probably ended up at Bayport Park.  Bayport Parksits on the Gulf of Mexico at the end of State Road 50 west. The park amenities include picnic tables, pavilions, barbecue grills, fishing pier and two boat ramps. This is the last piece of land before the great expanse of the Gulf of Mexico. You can see the high flying American flag at the park for a long distance off.

Bayport Park

Bayport Park

Pier at Bayport Park
Pier at Bayport Park

Arriving by boat or visiting by car one of the first things I have noticed was a constant wind (which does aid in keeping the summer bugs at bay). The “river side” of the ark is all salt marsh and is full of life! Manatee, rays, otters, needle fish and tons of shorebirds can be seen here at any time of year. There is a nice pier for fishing and the boat ramps are very easy to access.

Lots of birds call this place home

Lots of birds call this place home

Needlefish
Needlefish

There is a small fee to park so make sure you bring some small bills to place in the envelope for your parking tag. Plan a picnic, spend some time fishing, or just go visit to see the birds and enjoy some fresh salt air. You will find this small park enjoyable.

Park Entrance

Park Entrance

Just a short drive from Bayport is Alfred McKethan/ Pine Island Park.  Located at 10800 Pine Island Drive (off County Road 495 west of Weeki Wachee) one of the first things you will notice driving to the park is how high up on stilts all the homes are. As it is an island when a big storm blows in there really is nowhere to hide. The road to Pine Island is just a couple feet above water level and a hurricane at high tide will quickly raise the water level to cover it. The park at the end of the island is about 3 acres. There is a small restaurant and picnic area, nice beach and volleyball court.  This would be a fun place to bring the family for a day! Again, bring some cash for the parking and lots of sunblock!

Picnic Area

Picnic Area

Beach at Pine Island Park
Beach at Pine Island Park

Concession Area
Concession Area

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About notacluegal

Jeanene was born in Pittsburgh, PA. As a young child her family was very active in the outdoors. Things changed when her parents decided to travel down different paths in life and with that decision so went many of the opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Being lucky to live in the suburbs Jeanene always had a backyard to play in and loved being outdoors. As the years passed she took every opportunity to be outdoors. She bought land in Tennessee and as a single mom moved her young daughter to the mountains. The were many life lessons learned on that mountain. There was no plumbing on the property – or even a house, but that did not stop her. She learned to live off of what was available and built her own cabin from the trees on her property. Those were rough years but the most rewarding. Now Jeanene resides in Tampa, Fl. and works as an office manager full time….but still yeans to be outdoors. Jeanene started “Not a Clue Adventures” to teach everyone she could how wonderful the outdoors are! That camping and fishing and hiking can be done by everyone and at many different levels. Single mom’s no longer have to be afraid to take their sons and daughters outdoors. By working with young couples, single parents and even seniors, she gets to teach others about her love for the outdoors and hopes to open their eyes to new adventures. In 2009, Jeanene completed certification as a Leave No Trace Instructor. She also works closely with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) and the Florida State Parks. Jeanene is also certified in First Aid/Adult CPR.
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