Anclote River

Anclote River
Anclote River from Alt19 East.JPG
Anclote River looking east from the Pinellas Avenue bridge.
Country United States
State Florida
Counties Pasco, Pinellas
District SWFWMD
Physical characteristics
Source Starkey Wilderness Park
 ⁃ location Land O' Lakes, Florida
 ⁃ coordinates 28°16′44″N 82°30′48″W  /  28.27889°N 82.51333°W  / 28.27889; -82.51333
Mouth St. Joseph Sound
 ⁃ location
Tarpon Springs, Florida
 ⁃ coordinates
28°10′38″N 82°47′45″W  /  28.17722°N 82.79583°W  / 28.17722; -82.79583 Coordinates: 28°10′38″N82°47′45″W / 28.17722°N 82.79583°W / 28.17722; -82.79583
Length 29 mi (47 km)
Basin size 98 sq mi (250 km2)
Basin features
 ⁃ left Tarpon Bayous

The Anclote River, running for 29 miles (47 km)[1] near Tarpon Springs, Florida flows westward towards the Gulf of Mexico from its source of creeks and springs inland. The river is home to a variety of fish and wildlife. Anclote River is home to the sponging and fishing industries of Tarpon Springs (including a large shrimp industry). It is a major site for tourists of the area as it flows through the spongedocks of Tarpon Springs.

An extension of the Pinellas Trail which crosses the Anclote River was dedicated on June 15, 2004.[2] The new extension is built along abandoned Atlantic Coast Line railroad grade, which once serviced industry on the north side of the river.

List of crossings [ edit ]

Crossing Carries Image Location Coordinates
Headwaters 28°16′44″N 82°30′48″W  /  28.27889°N 82.51333°W  / 28.27889; -82.51333

Toll Florida 589.svgSR 589

Suncoast Parkway
28°14′14″N 82°33′02″W  /  28.23722°N 82.55056°W  / 28.23722; -82.55056
Confluence with South Branch Anclote River Starkey Wilderness Park 28°13′20″N 82°36′34″W  /  28.22222°N 82.60944°W  / 28.22222; -82.60944
144059 Starkey Boulevard New Port Richey 28°13′29″N 82°38′33″W  /  28.22472°N 82.64250°W  / 28.22472; -82.64250
144051 Pasco County 1.svgCR 1

Little Road
Pasco CR 1 Anclote River Bridge-1.jpg Trinity 28°12′52″N 82°39′58″W  /  28.21444°N 82.66611°W  / 28.21444; -82.66611
Father Felix Ullrich Bridge

Florida 54.svg SR 54 Father Felix Ullrich Bridge sign.JPG Seven Springs 28°12′53″N 82°40′56″W  /  28.21472°N 82.68222°W  / 28.21472; -82.68222
144024 Pasco County 77.svgCR 77

Seven Springs Boulevard
Pasco CR 77 Bridge over Anclote River (FDOT Number).JPG Elfers 28°12′56″N 82°41′32″W  /  28.21556°N 82.69222°W  / 28.21556; -82.69222
144017 Celtic Drive Elfers 28°12′57″N 82°41′56″W  /  28.21583°N 82.69889°W  / 28.21583; -82.69889
140034 Perrine Ranch Road Holiday 28°11′39″N 82°43′07″W  /  28.19417°N 82.71861°W  / 28.19417; -82.71861
Outflow of Salt Lake 28°10′08″N 82°43′52″W  /  28.16889°N 82.73111°W  / 28.16889; -82.73111
150235 US 19.svg US 19 Tarpon Springs 28°09′49″N 82°44′26″W  /  28.16361°N 82.74056°W  / 28.16361; -82.74056
Old ACL Bridge Pinellas Trail Elfers Spur Tarpon Springs 28°09′34″N 82°44′51″W  /  28.15944°N 82.74750°W  / 28.15944; -82.74750
150006 Alternate plate.svgAlternate US 19

US 19.svg Pinellas Avenue
Tarpon Springs 28°09′27″N 82°45′25″W  /  28.15750°N 82.75694°W  / 28.15750; -82.75694
Confluence with Tarpon Bayous Tarpon Springs 28°09′36″N 82°46′09″W  /  28.16000°N 82.76917°W  / 28.16000; -82.76917
Anclote Power Plant Inflow Canal Tarpon Springs 28°10′33″N 82°47′25″W  /  28.17583°N 82.79028°W  / 28.17583; -82.79028
Mouth 28°10′38″N 82°47′45″W  /  28.17722°N 82.79583°W  / 28.17722; -82.79583

Anclote River Park [ edit ]

The Anclote River Park boasts of a 300-foot sandy beach facing the sandbars of the Anclote River. The park has designated areas for swimming, boating and fishing. It is operational dawn to dusk, all 7 days of the week. The back of the beach zone is dotted with big oak trees. There are also changing rooms, bathrooms and outdoor showers nearby. The beach is ideal for families, toddlers and even older couples. Alcohol is not allowed and parking charges apply. [3]

Things To Do [ edit ]


The park boasts of a six-lane boat ramp that's ideal for boaters. For boat storage and rentals, Anclote Village Marina is right next doors.


Except for boat ramp and beach area, fishing can be done anywhere around the park. Mullets and crabs are easily found in the channels that are shallow.

Picnics and Parties

The place is great for hosting small birthday parties or small barbeques. There are giant covered pavilions, picnic benches, children's playground, charcoal barbeque grills, horseshoe field, and a volleyball court to keep everyone busy.[4]

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map Archived 2012-04-05 at WebCite, accessed April 18, 2011
  2. ^ Rondeaux, Candace. "Pinellas Trail extension work complete." St. Petersburg Times. 5 June 2004. Retrieved 15 Jan 2008 from [1]
  3. ^ Template:Cite web/
  4. ^ "Anclote River Park".

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