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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
Main source Starkey Wilderness Park
Land o' Lakes, Florida
28°16′44″N 82°30′48″W / 28.27889°N 82.51333°W / 28.27889; -82.51333
River mouth St. Joseph Sound
Tarpon Springs, Florida
28°10′38″N 82°47′45″W / 28.17722°N 82.79583°W / 28.17722; -82.79583
Length 29 mi (47 km)
Basin features
Basin size 98 sq mi (250 km2)
  • Left:
    Tarpon Bayous

The Anclote River, running for 29 miles (47 km) 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. 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

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.svg SR 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 Road 1 FL.svg CR 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 Road 77 FL.svg CR 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.svg Alternate 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

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.

Things To Do


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.

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