Stump Pass State Park is located at the south end of Manasota Key in Englewood Florida.
It is one of the best beach parks in the state. The extends to the end of the key and
is about a mile long "natural" Florida beach along the Gulf of Mexico. The park peninsula
has the Gulf on one side and Lemon Bay on the other. "Ski Alley" runs the length of
the bay side which is where many boaters hang out on the weekend because it's calm water.
Years ago we would drive down the length of the park in jeeps and camp out under the Austrailian pines that have taken over as the tall growth on the key...not allowed anymore.
The park costs a couple of bucks for parking..I was told I have to pay to ride my wheelchair in as well. You place your money in an envelope and drop it in the box.
During the winter season there is almost always a line waiting for a parking spot. The guy in front of the cart is really nice..he directs the parking line.
Several wooden walkways lead from the parking area to the beach on the Gulf of Mexico side of the park.
There is several hundred feet of sand at the end of the wooden walkways so the beach is not accessible to wheelchairs.
The park beach has no life guards. The water sometimes has some bad rip currents during rough weather so use good sense.(always swim parallel to the shore if a rip current tries pulling you out to sea)
The park has several fresh water showers to rinse off the salt water when you are done enjoying the beach.
The parking lot is situated along the Lemon Bay side of the park and has little openings in the Mangrove trees to launch kayaks, canoes, or paddle boards if you have them.
This is a view of Ski Alley looking south from the dock on Lemon Bay next to the park building.
Another view looking north from the dock on Lemon Bay next to the park building.
The park building has the park office and restrooms.
The ramp for the restrooms is steep. The facilities have to be on the second floor due to flooding during storms.
Next to the park building on the Gulf side is the beginning of the nature trail.
Next to the park building on the Gulf side is a picnic table.
Next to the park building on the Gulf side is a soda machine...just in case you need some sugar.
Next to the park building on the Gulf side is a shower.
The nature trail head on the Gulf side is shell sand wondering through the tunnel created by the tree growth.
The nature trail passes over the composite deck walkway that starts on the bay side of the park.
The nature trail head on the Lemon Bay side is composite decking wondering through the tunnel created by the tree growth.
The deck walk way goes for several hundred yards into the park and exits onto the beach side of park.
The stairs toward the end of the deck walkway are steep and lead to the nature trail to the south end of the park.
The view of Stump Pass State Park makes a nice walk or chair ride.
Another view from the walk way deck.
The ramp at the end of the walk way deck is a reverse transition that is wide enough for two way traffic.
This works well for pulling your cooler on wheels with all your beach supplies for the day.
The deck is high enough to get a good view of the beach.
Another view looking toward the south at the Gulf of Mexico
This is looking directly out into the Gulf of Mexico from the top of the deck.