Recent Work Day PhotosThe Friends of Anclote Key State Park & Lighthouse is volunteer organization that supports the park. It is a Citizens Support Organization (CSO) designated by the State of Florida and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP).
Please join us! Just click on the Join Us tab. We have meetings once a month on the first Tuesday. Meetings are announced in the Events section. We also meet from time-to-time out on Anclote Key to help the Ranger with volunteer projects. Volunteers are needed for environmental work, membership drives, and special events that bring information about our favorite island to the public.
Anclote Key State Park is actually a chain of islands located in the Gulf of Mexico at the mouth of the Anclote River. It consists of Anclote Key, Three Rookers Island, and the North Sandbar. Anclote Key is 440-acre nature preserve. Three Rooker is a bird sanctuary. Because these two areas are nature preserves, no dogs are allowed. The North Sandbar is small sandy spit where fido is welcome. For all of these areas you are encouraged to leave them as you found them. Take your trash with you and help us preserve these water wonderlands for future generations.
An historic lighthouse was erected on Anclote Key as a aid to navigation in 1886. After falling into disrepair, our Friends group recommissioned the lighthouse in 1995. The old lighthouse compound have been partially restored for historic purposes with interpretive signage. The light was relit in September 2003.