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What's happening at Lovers Key State Park lately

Lovers Key Turtle Trot 5K Race on the beach
Lovers Key Turtle Trot 5K Race on the beach
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Lovers Key State Park is located on a barrier island that hosts a variety of wildlife from dolphin to manatees to a wide variety of birds and shells. With its two-mile long stretch of beach, Lovers Key is a popular spot for picnics, shelling, fishing, kayaking, swimming and of course, sunbathing.

What's Happening at Lovers Key State Park

If you're a birder, you'll love the tours offered here by park rangers who are naturalists. At 10 a.m. on Thursdays you can follow around a park ranger to learn how to spot and identify the local birds you see.

On Tuesdays you can take a long, leisurely walk on the beach with a park ranger who will help you identify what has washed up on the beach, what lives there, and what happens seasonally to the wildlife that thrives in the Lovers Key State Park.

There's really something for everyone. And if you don't care about birds or shells, read on.

Lovers Key State Park Offers Help For Wannabe Fisherman

On Fridays in April you can join a park ranger to figure out how to fish in SW Florida without breaking any rules. Learn about tackle, bait, where to drop your fishing line, rules and regulations of the area, and what to expect from your fishing expedition.

Register for the 5K Annual Turtle Trot

This race takes runners through a tropical trail along three barrier islands, ending at the finish line on the beach at Lovers Key. If you register early (prior to May 8, 2010), the cost is $20 per runner. If you wait to register during the week of the race or day of the race (May 15th), the fee goes up to $25 per runner.

Make your checks payable to Friends of Lovers Key, Inc. and register online at:

Race Packets can be picked up at Run Florida, 13211 McGregor Blvd. The packets include the official Lovers Key Turtle Trot 5K tee-shirt, official race number, course map and general instructions.

Enjoy your day at the beach, whether it's in the water, on the shore, in a kayak or a boat. Come to Lovers Key State Park and bring your camera and some water at the very least! You'll come away with a rich awareness of the beauty of our area.


  • Marilyn O'dea 5 years ago

    I am looking forward to beginning a new career where I can use my photography and people skills and bring an interest to all readers about Florida and what this area has to offer.

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